This live-action adaptation of the anime TV series stars Takuya Kimura as Susumu Kodai, the tactical unit leader of the eponymous battleship. It is the year 2199 and the Earth has been under radioactive siege from an alien race known as Gamilas for the past five years. The surviving humans live underground but the end is near. Japan sends out its final space battleship, Yamato, to planet Iscandar, to acquire a device that can remove the radiation that Earth is plagued by.
Well, needless to say, the MAIN reason I watched it was Takuya Kimura! He’s still as charismatic as ever and I don’t care whatever reports are floating out there saying he’s lost his charm. Excuse me, who singlehandedly made pianists, hairstylists, hockey players, pilots, prosecutors and scientists cool again?
Anyway, I thought certain parts of the movie reminded me of Star Wars – like the space leap and the R2-D2 wannabe (Analyzer). But I really didn’t like those aliens, especially their stabbing limbs! The crew onboard were really brave, each willing to give up their life for the greater good. One character I really liked was Hajime Saitō, played by Hiroyuki Ikeuchi. On their last transmission to Earth, he was trying to put on a brave front for his mother who was really worried for him. That scene and his final scene was so sad! The ending was all right though the part regard the anti-radiation device was confusing at first. And I think the sublimal message in the film was: if Earth is ever in danger, don’t forget to procreate – especially if you are Takuya Kimura.