Watch the Full Length Trailer for Japan's Live-Action GATCHAMAN Movie

Scheduled for theatrical release in Japan on August 24th, Gatchaman is directed by Toya Sato (Grave of the Fireflies, Gokusen) and written by Yusuke Watanabe (Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods), and based on the popular anime series created by Tatsuo Yoshida.


Set in the near future, Gatchaman follows the story five special agents of the International Science Organization in Tokyo, as they try to protect the world from the mysterious terrorist group who call themselves Galactor. With technology far surpasses that of humans, Galactor has declared war on the entire world and has already subjugated half of it. Trained to draw out the power from the mysterious crystal-like object called a "stone," our five heroes will be called "Gatchaman."

Originally released in 1972 under the name Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman, Tatsuo's series later debuted with an English dub as Battle of the Planets (and unofficially called G-Force. It was followed by an animated film and two short-running sequel series in 1978 and 1979. Imagi Animation Studios was developing a new Gatchaman animated film for release in 2012, but the project was halted after the company folded.