The City of a Thousand Planets

February 8th, 2017 at 4:12:01 AM permalink
Pacomartin
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From 23 October 1969 to 19 March 1970 the French comic book science fiction series Valérian and Laureline created by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières. Bad Dreams is the first volume in the series. The City of Shifting Waters is the 2nd volume in series. The City of a Thousand Planets is the 3rd volume.

The original writer and the illustrator are both alive at age 78.

Now two decades after "The Fifth Element", Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is being produced, written and directed by Luc Besson. The director's 2014 film Lucy had worldwide success in 2014. The budget is by far the largest ever assembled for a French film although the principal actors are British and American and the film will be primarily in English.

February 8th, 2017 at 5:03:23 AM permalink
terapined
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In a somewhat related genre
Manga - comics from Japan
The movie I am really looking forward to is Ghost in the Shell
I watched all the anime episodes
Major Motoko Kusanagi kicks ass
A future where people are a mixture of human and machine.
Some are mostly human, some half and half, some mostly machine
The Major is mostly machine
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February 8th, 2017 at 5:30:22 AM permalink
Pacomartin
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The movie I am really looking forward to is Ghost in the Shell. I watched all the anime episodes


That movie was made 20 years ago.
February 8th, 2017 at 6:29:08 AM permalink
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Now two decades after "The Fifth Element",


What comes to mind is "Fool me once..."
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February 8th, 2017 at 7:30:09 AM permalink
TheCesspit
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That movie was made 20 years ago.


It appears to be a shot for shot live action reproduction. With a Caucasian lead.
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February 8th, 2017 at 8:29:30 AM permalink
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Quote: Pacomartin


From 23 October 1969 to 19 March 1970 the French comic book science fiction series Valérian and Laureline created by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières. Bad Dreams is the first volume in the series. The City of Shifting Waters is the 2nd volume in series. The City of a Thousand Planets is the 3rd volume.

The original writer and the illustrator are both alive at age 78.

Now two decades after "The Fifth Element", Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is being produced, written and directed by Luc Besson. The director's 2014 film Lucy had worldwide success in 2014. The budget is by far the largest ever assembled for a French film although the principal actors are British and American and the film will be primarily in English.



Luc Besson is one of my favorite director/producers. "The Professional" (with Jean Reno and an elementary school aged Natalie Portman as an assassin in training), and "The Transporter" (which was a breakout for Jason Statham) are excellent films. He loves slick car chases and his films are known for their action sequences.

I recall some time ago, he said he was only going to direct five films, then retire from directing. I wonder where he's at with that.
February 8th, 2017 at 8:36:53 AM permalink
terapined
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It appears to be a shot for shot live action reproduction. With a Caucasian lead.

I'm ok with it
A lot of anime characters are not necessarily Japanese
Many are generic with round eyes
A lot of Anime not set in Japan
My alltime favorite anime, Cowboy Bebop, takes place in space
My favorite character, Alucard of Hellsing takes place in England
Attack on Titan takes place in a fictitious land
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February 8th, 2017 at 8:42:38 AM permalink
terapined
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[Luc Besson is one of my favorite director/producers. "The Professional" (with Jean Reno and an elementary school aged Natalie Portman as an assassin in training), and "The Transporter" (which was a breakout for Jason Statham) are excellent films. He loves slick car chases and his films are known for their action sequences.


The professional rocked, great movie
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February 8th, 2017 at 8:56:59 AM permalink
Pacomartin
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It appears to be a shot for shot live action reproduction. With a Caucasian lead.


The director knew very well that there would be some controversy about whitewashing the film, but he defended his choice:

I think whenever you cast someone, someone's going to be critical of it. To me, I stand by my decision. She's the best actress of her generation, and I was flattered and honored that she would be in this film. So many people that were around the original anime have been vehemently in support of her because she's incredible, and there are very few people like her.

Her salary for the Avengers films puts her in the top rank for movie actresses
The Avengers (2012) $6,000,000
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) $20,000,000

Her role as Black Widow means that Boxofficemojo has ranked her in the top 10 for total domestic gross for her 38 films. She has zoomed past Cameron Diaz whose total was swelled by the Shrek films.
$4,901.2 Samuel L. Jackson 71 The Avengers
$4,871.7 Harrison Ford 41 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
$4,502.4 Tom Hanks 46 Toy Story 3
$4,470.5 Morgan Freeman 61 The Dark Knight
$3,947.4 Robert Downey, Jr. 53 The Avengers
$3,811.1 Eddie Murphy 39 Shrek 2
$3,645.9 Tom Cruise 37 War of the Worlds
$3,605.0 Scarlett Johansson 38 The Avengers
$3,420.7 Anthony Daniels 8 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
$3,368.6 Johnny Depp 45 Dead Man's Chest
$3,351.5 Michael Caine 58 The Dark Knight
$3,298.1 Gary Oldman 39 The Dark Knight
$3,279.3 Robin Williams 49 Night at the Museum
$3,233.0 Robert DeNiro 81 Meet the Fockers
$3,205.0 Will Smith 25 Suicide Squad
$3,189.4 Bruce Willis 60 Sixth Sense
$3,175.0 Stellan Skarsgard 43 The Avengers
$3,150.4 Ian McKellen 31 Return of the King
$3,123.9 Stanley Tucci 50 Catching Fire
$3,113.6 Matt Damon 39 The Martian
$3,031.7 Cameron Diaz 34 Shrek 2


So presumably she is being paid top dollar to do this film.

At this point there are no Japanese actresses who are widely known around the world. Nanako Matsushima from the horror film Ring is possibly the most famous, but she is age 43.
February 8th, 2017 at 9:04:56 AM permalink
terapined
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The character is 99.99999% machine, not Japanese.
Many on her team are part machine but she is just about all machine.
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