Live Action Adaptations of Manga
Lone Wolf and Cub follows the life of a powerful samurai Ittou Ogami whose life is turned upside down after his wife gets murdered and he gets framed for a crime he did not commit. In order to take his revenge and save his young son, Ogami decides to become an assassin. Their fates seem gloomy, but the affection between the father and son might be the only bright spot in the corrupt Edo era world they live in.
What makes this film a must-see is definitely Tomisaburo Wakayama‘s brilliant acting and the way he portrays Ittou Ogami’s ruthless personality and willpower. The amazing acting and the magnificent battle scenes make this film a real masterpiece.
Gouda Takeo is the living proof that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. He is huge, threatening and scary… but has a heart of gold. The manga explores the relationship between Gouda and his first girlfriend Yamato, including his cold and handsome childhood friend Sunakawa.
The live-action adaptation manages to provide the same sweetness and hilarious comedy that manga does, while the actor Ryohei Suzuki does a great job of being the huge and frightening Gouda who is, quite surprisingly, a completely shy and innocent, often misunderstood person.
Death Note follows Light Yagami, an ambitious student who wants to become God by using a supernatural notebook known as the Death Note, and L, an eccentric man who plans on stopping him.
It is not surprising that fans will always feel biased towards their favorite anime being given the movie treatment, and consequently this adaptation may have gotten a bad wrap from some fanatics. But let’s be real; it was a pretty good film. The talented Kenichi Matsuyama is known for taking on eccentric roles and he is a perfect match for the mysterious L while Tatsuya Fujiwara manages to bring out Kira’s proud and delusional nature. The film might not follow the manga closely but the way it focuses on psychological consequences is still very entertaining.