|Nanba Mutta (Oguri Shun) and Nanba Hibito (Okada Masaki) in 2012 Space Brothers|
|Masaki playing guitar in 'Space Brothers'|
Update 26 Jan13: RED is going to air Space Brothers with English sub!!! Not sure of the time yet, but I'd say around March. I really hope it's not when I have to go out elsewhere. I failed to see Ikuta Toma's Genji Monogatari (Eng sub) because I was in AU. This time, I better see the Eng-subbed SB!! Fans in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, be happy!
Now, please, click 'read more' to see the English-subbed trailers and read the plot summary and review.
|Little Mutta and Little Hibito saw a 'UFO'|
|Hibito and his fellow Artemis astronauts|
|The Nanba family, with Mutta stating he will go to the Moon with Hibito|
|The Artemis Team ready to go to the Moon (screen cap)|
|Mutta imagined him as the next Japan astronaut, but his imagination took him elsewhere|
Mutta had to undergo training in JAXA, which involved the six Japanese astronauts living inside a very small compound for 10 days. Six of them were split into two groups and were given a task to build a miniature Moon base from various Leggo-like parts. On the 8th day, Mutta was given a secret task to destroy the work of his own team; basically to see how the two groups would react upon the damaged project. As the coaches predicted the two groups almost clashed with each other, accusing each other of sabotaging Mutta’s group. On the 9th day, the six people found that the other group (Makabe Kenji’s group) had their work sabotaged as well. Mutta was confused, because he didn’t receive another instruction to destroy the work. He suspected Kenji of doing that; and Kenji vice versa.
|Hibito working on the Moon base with Badoy Waters at the background, Movielosophy|
|Hibito giving up under subzero temperature (screen cap)|
|Mutta and his colleagues discussion their dreams|
|Hibito fighting again after seeing the Earth rising - see the Earth on his helmet? (screen cap)|
|The Space Brothers finally on the Moon together|
Speaking of 2025, I just realised after reading a discussion here that Buzz Aldrin would be 95 years old in 2025. That's a bit odd. Sigh. I wish they would stick to 2012/2013 instead. Or 2015 top.
‘The size of that Earth is not realistic for sure. But that was the point. When we depicted the Earth at its actual size based on NASA’s images, it was not exciting at all. To me, films are not about reflecting reality but about reflecting the feelings of the characters, so I wanted the Earth to be enormous. I thought the feelings of Hibito, standing on the Moon, towards his older brother back on Earth, would be so big that the Earth would really feel that big in his mind. Expressing emotions in images is one of the beauties of film.’
|Mutta and Hibito at Hibito's apartment in Florida|
|Space Brothers ready to take off to the Moon. Love them!|
Update 24 Feb 2013:
Check this for the March airing of 'Space Brothers' in RED. With English subtitles!