New: 20th Century Boys

20th century boys

Though I’m not entirely sure what it is, it looks big, robotic and partial to destruction. At any rate we get a momentary glimpse of it in the trailer for the upcoming live-action film of Naoki Urasawa’s manga 20-seiki shônen [aka 20th Century Boys].

20-seiki shônen [aka 20th Century Boys] (Japan-2008; dir. Yukihiko Tsutsumi)

20th century boys poster detail

Apparently this first film is to be followed up by 20-seiki shônen: dai-2-shô [aka 20th Century Boys: Chapter Two], again directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi, in 2009 (IMDB)

In the words of Wikipedia, the plot of the manga goes like this:

Growing older is pretty rough and Kenji is finding out just how hard it can be as life starts wearing down on him. On top of trying to make ends meet running a convenience store he has to care for the niece that his missing sister left in his care. Memories of youth make it easier, until those memories come back to haunt him.

Kenji and his old friends are slowly being drawn into a mysterious conspiracy that could threaten the world. Who is the mysterious “Friend” and how does he tie into Kenji’s youth? Why are there disappearances and deaths tied into Ochanomizu University? Their memories hold the keys to the puzzle, but time and age have clouded their minds.

The strange occurrences and the reach of the “Friend” conspiracy grow by the day. It will all culminate on New Year’s Eve 2000. Will Kenji and the others be able to put together the puzzle and save the world?

Sounds big and apocalyptic, eh?

I’m guessing the giant robot turns up on NYE…

Source: The Quiet Earth

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