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Battlefield Baseball
Battlefield Baseball
Actors: Tak Sakaguchi, Atsushi It, Hideo Sakaki, Shichir Masumoto, Alex Revan
Director: Ydai Yamaguchi
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Horror, Cult Movies, Sports, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2005     1hr 27min


     
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Actors: Tak Sakaguchi, Atsushi It, Hideo Sakaki, Shichir Masumoto, Alex Revan
Director: Ydai Yamaguchi
Creators: Ydai Yamaguchi, Shichi Kakesu, Hidemi Satani, Itaru Fujimoto, Ryhei Kitamura, Yoshinori Chiba, Gatar Man, Isao Kiriyama, Ryuichi Takatsu
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Horror, Cult Movies, Sports, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Horror, Subversive Cinema, Baseball, Musicals
Studio: Subversive Cinema
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/31/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 27min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 13
Edition: Special Edition
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Damian M. (ratchet)
Reviewed on 3/11/2009...
A zany comedy-horror-musical about a demonic high school baseball team that is legally allowed to kill on the field. The principal of a rival school decides to forfeit the season rather than facing these maniacs, but changes his mind when he spies an amazingly talented transfer student. Totally my kind of humor – if you like Cannibal: The Musical or Happiness of the Katakuris, you will enjoy this film (which actually has very little baseball in it!).

Movie Reviews

Seriously funny!
Bex | WA, USA | 10/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you try to make this a serious study in filmmaking or content, you're missing the entire point. This film was meant for sheer escapism, harkening back to when movies were just *fun*. There were many tips of the hat -so it seemed- to past movies, most notably Shaolin Soccer and God of Cookery. (Can never fault a person for acknowledging Chow Sing, can we?)

Versus is a fun movie, but the pacing leaves something to be desired and I LIKE the slower pacing of Japanese movies. Battlefield Baseball is much faster moving and atsui Tak actually gets to act -or at least make an expression- in this one. Though I kept wanting to tell him to stand up straight. Posture, honey!

This movie could be described accurately as Shaolin Soccer, but Japanese and about baseball... with zombies and without the deeper character content. I hate comparing movies, but come ON folks... tell me I didn't just nail it right on the head.

There are out-and-out hilarious moments, a random musical or two, some complete silliness and a lot of overacting in this feature... I approve of it ALL entirely! HIGH-LARIOUS! Certainly, those who expect a 'real' movie or try to take this without a good sense of humor will not be happy. For those of us blessed with funny bones that don't quit, this is right up our alley. Highly recommended! Have fun!
(This review does not include the highlights of the extra features, except that it's pretty darn neat that they translated the commentary by Tak for us English speakers.)"
Suuuuuper Tooooornado!
Red Devil "Samantha" | Oklahoma, U.S.A. | 06/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I watched this movie simply because I wanted to see if Tak Sakaguchi was capable of doing more than standing around in leather pants with the "I'm-oh-so-cool" bored look on his face. I was impressed. The synopses is as follows:

Seido High has a championship-worthy baseball team, until the coach learns their first game is against the dreaded Gedo High School. The coach has already played them before and it turns out Gedo is a team of the undead. The zombies do not play baseball like regular teams, in fact they don't play baseball at all, they just kill the other team. Whichever team has the most players left alive is the winner by their rules. Seido's coach is ready to sit out this season when he hears that the new student Jubeh (Sakaguchi), a kid with anger management problems and a dark secret, is in a fight and takes out an entire group of bullies using what they call "baseball fighting". The coach then has a brilliant idea of enlisting the help of the new student to defeat the evil players of Gedo High. Can Jubeh defeat Gedo High, make it to Koshien Stadium for Seido High, get over a childhood trauma, reunite with his family, and carry a tune? Watch to find out. :)

Yes, you guessed it. This movie is part musical with full-fledged break out in song moments. You'd think it awkward for both the actor on-screen and yourself sitting through it, but actually its very entertaining! Battlefield Baseball is full of awesome side characters, convenient and hilarious story-lines, and there's a few familiar faces from the movie Versus if you're watching closely. *Hint, Hideo Sakaki is one of the Gedo players.*

This is not a serious movie by any means, please don't take it seriously and you should really enjoy it. For an adaptation of a manga it was very good. I really hope they get to do a sequel. If you want to see not only a comic book movie, but a Japanese comic book movie, watch this. If you like things over the top and hilariously convenient with crazy lines and characters watch this. Or if you're like me and can't get enough of Tak Sakaguchi and would like to see him in something where he isn't just there to look cool, watch this movie! It was well worth my money.

*Dubbing is for suckers so I wouldn't know if this comes in a dubbed version, anyway, this review is based on the subtitled version.*"
Arguably a mixed bag, but likely to develop a sizable cult f
Brian T | Canada | 04/05/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This low-budget baseball zombie comedy is arguably a mixed bag, but one likely to develop a sizable cult following. While it successfully pokes fun at the cliches inherent in most sports movies, particularly those `moments' where people spontaneously applaud the main characters actions (similarly mocked in NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE), it doesn't deliver on the action and gore quotient promised by the concept. And yet, as a budget-conscious live-action adaptation of a Shonen Jump manga, it plants tongue hard in cheek and certainly feels faithful to the source material, never for a minute taking itself seriously and gleefully indulging in the most eye-rollingly obvious visual gags. Desperate to make it to the big leagues, the Seido High School baseball team must face their much more successful rivals at Gedo High, a team made up entirely of well-armed zombies. Their ace in the hole may well be transfer student `Jubeh The Baseball' (Tak Sakaguchi), who's signature fastball killed his own father, a tragedy which prevents him from helping the team. Directed by the writer of VERSUS (Yudai Yamiguchi), produced by that film's director (Ryuhei Kitamura) and starring that film's lead (Tak Sakaguchi), BATTLEFIELD shares that film's low-budget ingenuity, but wisely knows when to take up stakes and call it a day around the 90 minute mark. The Japanese R2 DVD has English subs and includes a hilariously inventive short film called Ramen Baka Ichidai, about a kid who hunts down the perfect Ramen noodles for his dying grandfather. Primo stuff."