Sci-fi thriller ‘Yamato’ sails way to hit status
The silver screen adaptation of the animated TV series “Space Battleship Yamato” has become a hit since its Dec. 1 release, drawing in more than 2 million viewers and ¥2.5 billion.
Most are men in their 30s and 40s who became enamored with the series as youngsters.
The Japanese film, starring actor Takuya Kimura and actress Meisa Kuroki, topped the box office rankings in its first week and remained a top-five film through December, according to Kogyo Tsushinsha.
“People from the generations who do not know about the boom in the 1970s showed only a tepid reaction to the film, but the Yamato stories retain a mysterious enchantment,” said Nozomi Omori, a translation and follower of sci-fi trends.