|This article is about a/an film in the Tokusatsu Super Hero subgenre.|
|A movie for Gatchaman|
|Release date August 24, 2013|
|Written by Yusuke Watanabe|
|Directed by Toya Sato|
Gatchaman (ガッチャマン Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman) is a 2013 live-action superhero tokusatsu film adaptation of the classic 1972 anime Science Ninja Team Gatchaman created by Tatsunoko Productions and Tatsuo Yoshida
By the year 2050 AD, a mysterious organization called Galactor has occupied half of the Earth and threatens to exterminate the human race. Around the same time, the International Science Organization had uncovered mysterious stones that bear unusual powers.
It is said that one person out of approximately eight million is able to harness the power of the stones; they are known as a "Receptor". Dr. Kozaburo Nambu gathers a team of these five lucky Receptors together. Known as the "Gatchaman" team, it is their mission to defeat Galactor.
- Tori Matsuzaka as Ken Washio
- Go Ayano as George Asakura
- Ayame Gouriki as Jun Ohtsuki
- Tatsuomi Hamada as Jinpei Ohtsuki
- Ryohei Suzuki as Ryu Nakanishi
- The film opened at #6 at the Japanese box office and was panned by both US and Japanese film critics for its dull storyline, mediocre CGI effects and overuse of action film cliches. However, the critics praised the film's costumes and fight choreography.
- In the original series, George Asakura went under the false name of "Joe Asakura" to protect himself from Galactor. In contrast, the film explicitly refers to him as "George Asakura" although the characters pronounce it as "Joe".
- Jun and Jinpei's last name is revealed to be Ohtsuki, the film might be implying that they are biological siblings in this incarnation. In the anime, their last names were never revealed and Jinpei was Jun's adopted brother.
- The Gatchaman costumes were one of the biggest production costs for the film, with the director wanting a "Hollywood level" quality to them. They took one year to design and construct and cost $40,000 US each for the five suits, resulting in a grand total of $200,000 (¥200,000,000 JPN) in production costs.
- Ken The Eagle is portrayed by Tori Matsuzaka, better known by Super Sentai fans for his role as Takeru Shiba(also known as Shinken Red) from Samurai Sentai Shinkenger.
- A nod to Jun being an orphan in the original series is made when Ken Washio mentions her parents being deceased. In this film, however, she makes a claim that they are actually being held captive; aside from a later flashback, that is the only time they were mentioned.