On its surface, Edge of Tomorrow looks like a fun little action flick. Certainly looks a hell of a lot better than Tom Cruise’s last foray in the fiction of science, Oblivion. I also quite like Emily Blunt. Using the Groundhog Day mechanic to learn how to become a badass weapon is probably one of the best things you could do when the fate of our world is at stake.
So why has this film appeared on my list of things to nerd rage over?
Well it turns out that this is based on a Japanese light novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka entitled All You Need Is Kill. From the synopsis:
When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally–the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death?
Sooooo as much as I dislike the trend of Hollywood White Washing Japanese things, I will give this movie some credit. Unlike the Americanized live action Akira film which I pray never makes it to screen in my lifetime, they’ve come up with a new title and have renamed the characters. If AZM Ally Derek Jeffers had never pointed out the basis for the film, I would have never known. I would have been slightly dismayed that there seemed to be no minorities in the trailer, but I would have had no idea.
I’ve got mixed feelings on this. I really hope Sakurazaka gets a nice big royalty from the movie rights. I’m dismayed that Hollywood is mining Asian fiction for ideas rather than tapping some home grown talent. There are plenty of amazing ideas right here at home that aren’t getting a chance. But then again, without this trend, we wouldn’t have this amazing Godzilla film to look forward to.
Thanks to AZM Ally Derek Jeffers for the heads up.