Harlock Film: International Distribution + Matsumoto’s Comment
As you can see in the pic, the original Space Pirate Captain Harlock will begin airing next week in Japan (Toei channel). The countdown is on!! Anyway, both of the news items below are weeks old, but I hadn’t heard of them so I present them to you.
The official film website says there’s a mad scramble for distribution rights in “every country.” Well, the official figure being bandied about is 76. That’s right. 76. There are apparently 76 countries where companies have asked Toei for the distribution rights.
76! That’s tons. I imagine in many countries there’s only one company trying to get the rights, in some there might be two or more. Mind you, the Japanese sites literally say “76 countries and regions.” This “and regions” bit strikes me as a euphemism for Taiwan, though there’s also the possibility that, say, a Québecois company might be trying to get the rights for that province as opposed to the rest of Canada.
And of course, “distribution” can mean lots of things. How many of these companies are actually proposing to place the film in theaters as opposed to just producing DVDs or something? I’m amazed that we’ve only heard about Italy so far in this regard. Was there some sort of worldwide gag order that the Italians broke?? Europeans, tell me: is Italy on the gossipy side??
Several Japanese sites have Leiji saying this about the project: “The quality of this film is amazing. I’m so happy I could cry. I wish to thank the production staff.”
Now, if you know Mr. Matsumoto, you know he’s not the type that lets people make up quotes for, and you also know he’s not going to lie his butt off just so this project gets more money. So I’d say this quote is legit and it expresses how he feels pretty much. Which brings me back again to the people who are extremely pessimistic about the film on the grounds that the crew is messing the original content up. The only way you can hold on to that idea is if you believe that Matsumoto has simply lost it, in other words, that he’s either senile or he no longer cares or both. People are entitled to that belief, of course.