The official website for the live-action Gatchaman film began streaming the full trailer and second teaser trailer on Friday. The website also announced that the rock band BUMP OF CHICKEN (Tales of the Abyss , One Piece: Dead End no Bōken) is contributing the theme song "Niji o Motsu Hito" (Those Who Possess the Rainbow), and the new trailers preview the song.
Tori Matsuzaka (.hack//The Movie , live-action Kyō, Koi o Hajimemasu, Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, Kamen Rider Decade) stars as Ken, the head of the eponymous team. Gō Ayano (second-in-command Jō), Ayame Gōriki (explosive yoyo-wielding Jun), Tatsuomi Hamada (youngest member Jinpei), and Ryōhei Suzuki (main pilot Ryū) round out the cast.
The five serve as agents of the International Science Organization in Tokyo at the beginning of the 21st century. Galactor, a mysterious group whose technology far surpasses that of humans, has declared war on the entire world and has already subjugated half of it. A mysterious crystal-like object called a "stone," is humanity's only hope. Those who are able to draw out the power of the "stones" are forced to train as Earth's ultimate weapon, a five-person team called "Gatchaman."
Director Toya Sato (live-action Grave of the Fireflies, Sexy Voice and Robo, Kaiji, Gokusen) started shooting the film last October. He explained that BUMP OF CHICKEN's music combines despair and hope, and reflects the story of youth depicted in the film. He added that he did not consider anyone else but BUMP OF CHICKEN for the theme song. The theme will play during the ending credits.
Yūsuke Watanabe (20th Century Boys , Gantz , Bloody Monday, 2013 Dragon Ball Z film) wrote the script, and Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed films) is designing the characters. Takashi Yamazaki (Juvenile, Returner, Always: Sunset on Third Street , Ballad, Space Battleship Yamato , Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki ) is handling the visual effects.
BUMP OF CHICKEN's new song, "Niji wo Motsu Hito", has been chosen as the theme song for the upcoming 'Gachaman' film that will open in theaters on August 24.
The film is a live-action adaptation of Tatsunoko's popular anime, 'Kagaku Ninja-tai Gachaman'. The collaboration between the film and BUMP OF CHICKEN was implemented when the production staff gave the offer to the band. According to the members, "Niji wo Motsu Hito" is "a song that is filled with the things we want to do right now."
Matsuzaka Tori, who is the lead for this film, commented, "It matches the movie's worldview perfectly and it's a song where you will find yourself immersed in the aftertaste of 'Gachaman'. The melody is also impressive. It will remain in your head after listening to it once."
BUMP OF CHICKEN will simultaneously release 2 best-of albums, "BUMP OF CHICKEN I [1999-2004]" and "BUMP OF CHICKEN II [2005-2010]", on July 3. In September, they will start their arena tour, "BUMP OF CHICKEN 2013 TOUR 'WILLPOLIS'".
yay to new bump of chicken. yay to more ayano go!