Yatterman is Takashi Miike's 2009 re-imagine of the 70s anime of the same name. The two people on the top of the poster are the superhero team Yatterman. They have a couple of sidekicks, Yatterwolf and Annoybot Toybotty. Yatterman battles the evil Doronbo gang, Doronjo and Tonzra and Boyacky. That's them at the bottom of the poster. They battle every week. This time the groups are fighting over a broken stone statue that has magical powers. There's a lot of battle going on but hardly anyone seems to get hurt. Plenty of collateral damage though, which makes me wonder what the local officials thinks of all this nonsense. The conflict goes on such a long time, 111 minutes, that I was getting bored near the 90 minute mark and two others fell asleep. To be fair, I'm often bored when the story's forward traction takes a hit and one of those two always falls asleep. It's colorful and filled with noise but when it was done I didn't think I'd need a copy, unless it was a couple of bucks.
We had a second Japanese film today. The Vampire Doll is a 1970 horror film and one of a trio of Toho produced, Hammer like, vampire films packed on the Blu-ray set The Bloodthirsty Trilogy. All the films have a Western style vampire theme, something not so common for Toho. A young woman goes looking for her brother, he disappeared while visiting the house of his fiance. He had arrived, only to find his fiance had died in a car accident two weeks earlier. The brother then disappeared. The sister and her friend arrive and are told the brother had already gone. The sister sees the dead fiance and thinks she's alive. She's not, she's all undead. There's the usual sort of expected running about and yelling as the sister tries finding out what's really going on. It was fun enough to get to the end. I'm debating getting this set but haven't made up my mind yet. So many other things to buy.