Friday, April 16, 2010

Death Kappa trailer!!!

Last year we had a post about Fever Dreams developing a kaiju eiga spoof called 'Death Kappa'. Tomoo Haraguchi, the SFX guy behind 'Gamera' and a slew of other films is at the helm, and is using the classic SFX techniques from days of yore. Men in suits trouncing through replica cities, smashing their way to victory. The trailer looks promising, but it's clearly designed for folks in the west. Not that its a bad thing, but it would be nice if they didn't embelish things for the sake of blood thirst western genre fans. One thing I will say, like 'Tokyo Gore Police' before it, despite being made for a Western audience, it clearly uses mythologies of native origin, making them clearly Japanese inspired productions but with a Western twist.

For those unfamiliar with the mythological Kappa, they are mischevious water creatures with a taste for the flesh of children. Also the subject of an excellent novel by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, the author of Rashomon and In a Grove, both of which Akira Kurosawa used for his film 'Rashomon'.

Thanks to Twitch for this news.

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