See the first wacky trailer for Japan's live-action 'Gatchaman' movie
firstshowing.net -- Jun 22
Set in the near future, Gatchaman (known as "Battle of the Planets" in the US) follows five special agents of the International Science Organization in Tokyo as they try to protect the world from a mysterious terrorist group called Galactor.

With technology that far surpasses that of humans, Galactor has declared war on the entire world. Trained to draw out the power from the mysterious crystal-like object called a "stone," our five heroes will be called "Gatchaman."

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