Remember I posted up some Tokusatsu series Wild Seven? They made it into a movie now and I had the pleasure watching it on the plane when I was on my way to the conference in Santa Clara!
Wild Seven is basically about a special task force of ex-convicts that operates above the law. They make sure gangsters (yakuza) and terrorists get neutralized in time. Most of them are either murderers, arsonists and even one of them used to be a bosozoku leader. That last character obviously does not follow the original storyline at all as the original used to fight against “scum” like the bosozoku.
Obviously it is a remake, so it will never grasp that 70s style of the original but I must say I really had a great time watching it! Instead of blowing up a Crown S40 estate they blew up two Nissan Stagea WC34 wagons (as seen in the screenshot above) up in the first ten minutes. You can also expect a lot of “bippu” carnage as they are taking out a couple of the big bosses. The Nissan Stagea is becoming more and more a cult classic, so blowing up these wagons increase the price of existing ones…
Also the storyline is a bit thin. I won’t reveal too much, but a large part of the action reminded me of the Green Hornet remake done in the same year (2011).
Haven’t found any footage of this series on Youtube so far, but the intro of this tokusatsu surely looks promising: the Toyopet Crown S40 estate featuring in the first long shot gets blown to smithereens after only 30 seconds!
The show ran for ten whole years onward after its inital release in September 1969. Now these guys are supposed to be the good guys and they are just blowing up stuff the whole time? Oh man, you got to love the 70s for that!
You can see them in action in the first 13 seconds of this Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan clip:
BTW: the rest of the clip is hilarious: some Darth Vader look alike turns all students into borg (did Star Trek steal that idea from this episode?). It gets very funny when the gymnastics vault next to the girl turns to be a styrofoam borg as well.
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