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Hayabusa / はやぶさ

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Among the slate of movies on Hayabusa, the little satellite that could, coming out this year, Hayabusa is the first to hit the big screen with a promotional vengeance.  The next big one in 3D with Ken Watanabe is due out later. With this one, the viewer will have to settle with a lesser, though credible cast of character actors. Yuko Takeuchi stars as the appropriately nerdy cutie who insinuates herself into the fold of rocket scientists who babied the building and sending of Japan’s most famous satellite to a strangely turd-like asteroid. Hayabusa is more Spielberg, excessively wringing out every ounce of tension and emotion from a rather bland story, than Hawks. With musical fanfares telegraphing every triumphant moment, more loving pans around the spacecraft than the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Motion Picture and an excess of sentimentality, Hayabusa is a better cultural window than a good movie. To understand Hayabusa-mania or learn how to build your own satellite – there’s an amazing amount of technical exposition and detail shown – Hayabusa’s recommended.

Originally published in EL Magazine, October 2011.


Written by Nicholas Vroman

October 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm

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