What if Japan made a Transformers movie?

Discussion in 'Transformers Movie Discussion' started by Bumblethumper, Mar 29, 2010.

  1. Bumblethumper

    Bumblethumper old misery guts

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    Y'know how in the past every time Hasbro drop the ball with transformers, Japan tends to pick it up and run with it for a while. After the US G1 series came to an end several Japanese shows were produced, and then after Beast Wars they did their own Beast Wars shows and then Car Robot/RID.

    Well I was thinking, wouldn't it be interesting if they did their take on a Transformers movie. The Michael Bay series is going to run out of steam or draw to a close sooner or later, and there'll probably be a fallow period before interest regenerates for a reboot. Almost a decade elapsed between Batman & Robin and Batman Begins. This would be the perfect time for a Japanese interpretation, and I don't think it would damage the property in the slightest.

    I have a vague memory of a dream I had years ago where I was watching a video of an obscure old Transformers movie made by Toho with models and suitmation. Just an imaginary movie of the kind that might exist in a parallel universe somewhere. At the time Toho were rebooting their Godzilla movie series in the wake of the U.S. movie.

    I don't think a Japanese TF movie would necessarily be any better than the Bay movies, but it would at least be a different kind of bad, and I like variety.

    Your thoughts?
     
  2. Murasame

    Murasame CHIMICHANGAS

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    I have a feeling they would flip and wave their arms around wildly while talking in such a movie :lol 
     
  3. Moy

    Moy Constructicons!

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    Too late. Spielberg took the idea, and it has been ok so far.
     
  4. seeker311

    seeker311 The Collector

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    It would be like the awful power rangers movies
     
  5. cappeca

    cappeca wtf is this?

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    It would have bad acting, a confusing plot and awesome visuals. Totally different from what we have so far.
     
  6. MACRAPTRON

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    It would plain suck unless it was directed by Beat Takeshi.
     
  7. Satomiblood

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    I see what you did there.
     
  8. Megatronwp38

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    They would all stand on opposite sides of a field and talk trash to each other for 90% of the movie, then in the last 5 minutes Optimus would Power UP and blow them all up.
     
  9. Gingerchris

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    Tentacle porn?

    Although ROTF did have Alice.
     
  10. Red Alert

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    If Japan made the movie Megs would have been a gun,The twins would have been Sideswipe and Sunstreaker and Devs would be Green.
     
  11. Nightbirdy

    Nightbirdy Robotic Ninja Warrior

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    Do you really think Japanese studios have such a large budget and manpower in the industry?
     
  12. videriant

    videriant Well-Known Member

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  13. jazz4ever

    jazz4ever I'm turned on by numbers

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    Kiss Player's.

    Enough said.
     
  14. DarthCrusher

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    The Transformers would be men in boxy cardboard suits. Just like they appeared to be in G1.

    Also, Kiss Players.
     
  15. Mister Gone

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    I see nothing wrong with the first half of your post :D 
     
  16. teruo kaiba

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    This.

    Over the years I've watched several Japanese movies and television dramas. While I enjoy them, they do not have the same budget that North American films and shows have. Although, the budget for Hana Yori Dango was pretty impressive (I believe it was the most expensive J-Drama made to date).

    Anyways if a movie was done, it would certainly be animated and would tie in with G1 in some way. Either being a retelling with a more mature audience in mind or a continuation. Transformers aren't really a hot selling toyline in Japan given all the competition, so it would have to use G1 in order to gain enough appeal and subsequently greater toy sales. IMO of course.
     
  17. Digilaut

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    I think it would be endless talk and then a shot of Prime being ugraded with Jetfire parts, then more Ironhide parts, then more Ratchet parts, then more Bumblebee parts, and then infused with the spirit of children's innocence.
     
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    I was watching trailers for both the Casshern (Casshan) and Tetsujin-28 (Gigantor) live action movies and they both looked like direct-to-DVD releases. The CGI doesn't compare to what's commonly seen in the west (Avatar, Transformers, Ironman, etc.), which I find somewhat ironic. However, I often wonder what would happen if Japanese film studios had the financial backing and staffing of an American company like Paramount.
     
  19. Ra88

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    I'll try to be serious for a second, unlike the other posters in this thread.

    The problem with a liveaction Japanese TF movie would be that they would approach it the same way as anime. The same camera angles, the same storytelling, the same kind of action...But that style just does NOT translate well into a liveaction format. The story would still be a mess, the characters overly exciteable, and the mechs themselves would most likely literally be G1 designs with added detailing, which would just make them look weird IMO. And don't count on the robot characters being treated well, either; the Japanese still seem to be of the opinion that robots should be piloted and not sentient beings.

    It would be interesting to watch, but I don't think the end result would be much different from the Bay movies. Unless you got a really great Japanese director.
     
  20. Satomiblood

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    It reminds me of the approach in Super-God Masterforce. All of the Godmasters and Headmaster Jr's were "piloted" by human characters.
     

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