Japan Responds to Live-Action Cowboy Bebop

Topic started by gia on Jan. 15, 2009. Last post by Kyonshiro 6 years, 2 months ago.
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
Okay, this is less newsy-news, but I thought you guys might be interested in some of the responses on 2ch to the news that Sunrise had struck a deal with Fox for a live-action Cowboy Bebop film starring Keanu Reeves. Here are some of the most interesting:

I'm worried, but if the Japanese staff is involved, it can't turn out that bad.”

Is Keanu Reeves going to grow shaggy hair?”

I've come to the conclusion that [making a Bebop film] is unnecessary and impossible.”

Will Yama-chan do the Japanese-language dub?” (Yama-chan is Kouichi Yamadera, the seiyuu who voiced Spike in the anime.)

Miho Takagi is Faye” (though I doubt they'll pick a Japanese actress for Faye...)

I wonder if the famously short-legged Keanu can play the role of Spike?”

My only worry is Ed.”

But Keanu doing it will be fun...”

The question is, who will play Ed?”

I wonder if Ein will appear?”

I think the anime movie is better.”

Please don't turn Spike into a modern high school student LOL” (a reference to Dragon Ball Evolution, surely)

The Japanese staff is involved? And instead of C-grade actors they got Keanu? This could really boost the image of Japanese animation!”

A lot of this sounds pretty familiar, doesn't it? Man, I wish I had time to just translate them all-- there's some interesting stuff here.

Post by Kiriska (112 posts) See mini bio Level 2
My only worry is Ed too. And Ein.
Post by GMan (282 posts) See mini bio Level 11
NO CG CORGI!  I want a real Welsh Corgi to play Ein.
Post by OkazukiIchigo (350 posts) See mini bio Level 11
Keanu Reeves with Japanese seiyuus? Kinda weird to me..
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
OkazukiIchigo: It's pretty standard for Hollywood films in Japan. Sometimes certain actors even have regular seiyuu who play their roles. There's a Japanese seiyuu voicing Keanu Reeves' role in The Day The Earth Stood Still...though I can't find the name at the moment.
Post by MoonStorm (360 posts) See mini bio Level 9
I must say I like Reeves but he better pull something more then that monotone voice of his. (proof:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSZc_coPHFA)
I say get Robert Rodriguez to direct it
Post by Kyonshiro (2 posts) See mini bio Level 1
My only fuss is that they have to maintain the jazz element, as well as the 90's retro-futurism (just as the Fallout series was based oon 50s America like Sky Captain and STeampunk is 19th century). There were a number of 90 references in the show, and the defining factor of that influence was the episode where they highlighted the Betamax versus VHS war.

Other then that, I personally feel Bebop is one of those few anime that can make the transition to live-action easier than others. Aside from the fact FOX is doing it, hopefully, if they learning something from the prospective fail of DBE, they could change that.
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