by Chris MaGee
In mid-April we posted the first trailer for the last installment in Yukihiko Tsutsumi's big budget manga adaptation "20th Century Boys". The funny thing was that for a trilogy touted as being the most expensive Japanese film production in history there didn't seem to be a lot of that money on the screen. Now, with the release of the second trailer for "20th Century Boys: The Final Chapter", due out in Japan on August 29th, we finally got those money shots we've all been craving. Sweeping shots of a dystopian future, giant robots that make the robots in the first installment look like action figures, crowds of tens of thousands of people, rocket launchers, explosions - this one has it all, plus some tantalizing hints as to how Tsutsumi is going to wrap this whole story up. Is that really Toshiaki Karasawa returning as the series hero Endo...?
To see all that money finally being splashed around in front of the camera head on over to Nippon Cinema to check out what I'm talking about. And for anyone who still doesn't know what the hell I'm talking about head to New York City where you can see the first two installments of "20th Century Boys" as part of this year's New York Asian Film Festival.