VideoVista have my review of Yukihiko Tsutsumi’s 20th Century Boys.
Watching this film put me in mind of archeology or anthropology. It is based upon a series of manga which, while hugely successful in Japan, have yet to acquire much of a cult status in the West. Because of the popularity of the source material, the film and everyone involved in t seem to be making a real effort to produce a film as close to the source material as possible. So in effect, the film is this huge homage to this pop cultural deity that I have never heard of. It’s like some weird and incomprehensible religion; to those within the sphere of influence of the manga, clearly the film is a big deal. To the rest of us all of the slavish respect seems irrational and incomprehensible. Which is probably a good state to be in when it comes to popular culture.