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GTO - The Movie

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Great Teacher Onizuka has taken the anime and manga market by storm, and now he's taking on his first live action move. GTO is an ex-biker punk who's taken on the formidable job of teaching high school. Lucky for him, street smarts and martial arts are just what the job needs. Like a cross between a thug and a walking, talking after school special, GTO will go to any length to help his kids. However, his career might be in jeopardy when he's mistaken for a serial thief! It's the first of GTO's live action franchises.

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Tohru Fujisawa's outrageous character Eikichi Onizuka has enjoyed a surprisingly long career: the 25-volume manga Great Teacher Onizuka has been adapted into a 43-episode anime series and, in live action, a TV drama, a TV special, and the feature GTO. In the popular anime series, Onizuka is a buff, foul-mouthed, chain-smoking lecher who ogles his students' breasts. Actor Takashi Sorimachi, who played Onizuka in the TV series as well as the feature, is slimmer, older, and a little less hormonal. In both the live action and the animation, Onizuka demonstrates his affection for his students by administering a slapstick brand of tough love. Onizuka makes it his mission to bring together picked-on nerd Raku (Hideyuki Kasahara) and ostracized rich girl Ayano Katsuragi (Rena Tanaka) in GTO. He defies her big-shot father, outsmarts the local cops, upsets the other teachers, and wins his students' hearts. He also dodges an ambitious journalist who's convinced he's a notorious thief. Director Masayuki Suzuki keeps the story moving and plays the car chases, crashes, pratfalls, and bicycle wrecks like an old Smokey and the Bandit movie. It's hardly great cinema, but it's a harmless diversion for fans who've exhausted the animated version. (Not rated, suitable for ages 14 and older: risqué humor, mild violence, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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Product Details

  • Actors: Takashi Sorimachi, Norika Fujiwara, Rena Tanaka, Hideyuki Kasahara, Akiko Kinouchi
  • Directors: Masayuki Suzuki
  • Writers: Brian O'Hara, Mitsuru Tanabe, Tôru Fujisawa
  • Producers: Sawako Noma
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009G3BY2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,546 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "GTO - The Movie" on IMDb

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By A. Berg on July 4, 2005
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Contrary to what the promotional blurb says, the GTO movie is the final instalment in the live-action franchise - not the first. Not that the fact is terribly important - it tells such a self-contained story that one doesn't really need to watch the preceding 12-episode TV series and two-hour special in order to "get it" (as long as one is already familiar with the Onizuka character). If one really wants to view it as such, it may even work as a sequel to the previously released anime series.

However, the lack of continuity with the previous instalments is the film's greatest weakness, from a GTO fan's perspective. Whereas the TV series found a satisfying conclusion, the two-hour special did not. It ended with what could only be described as a cliff-hanger, leaving some very specific questions unanswered, plot points one would assume were left to be resolved in the movie. Unfortunately, the movie appears to almost ignore everything that came before it, only paying lip-service with a couple of vague references (as well as featuring the TV series' title song heavily in the score and a nice remixed version over the end credits).

Onizuka himself is the only character to re-appear, and the new bunch of students just aren't as interesting as the ones in the TV series grew to be (although with the limited running time of a feature film, that is to be expected). These are reasons why, when viewed as the conclusion to Onizuka's live-action adventures, the GTO movie disappoints. When viewed as a stand-alone GTO story, though, it is entertaining enough.

This is my least favorite GTO incarnation. But it's still GTO, it's still good for some laughs, and it's still worth getting on DVD. Here's hoping that Media Blasters will bring over the excellent TV series as well!
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Great Movie even though the Anime is much better. The acting is ok for television acting. The stories are quite entertaining. Some of the production value seemed a little under budget, but i was still thoroughly entertained with this series.
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Masayuki Suzuki who would later direct Hero helmed the movie from the GTO series. Takashi Sorimachi plays the irreverent teacher Eikichi Onizuka. Sorimachi mugs mercilessly in a "wink wink nod nod" fashion. Thus, he indicates comedy without being funny. The supporting characters such as the vice principal who seems to have chronically had a bad day and the criminal who wants to get caught are also played with a broad comic stroke. Ayano Katsuragi played by Rena Tanaka lends reality to her role as the misunderstood rich girl that people only like for her family's money. Her father, Mr. Katsuragi, who owns the businesses in the little town Horobonai, is the emotionally distant villain who calls the poor students "trash." The film is surreal & lighthearted, giving it the feel of a musical without the musical numbers. The visuals in the film are captivating such as the hot air balloon that lands at the school in the middle of an assembly. Overall, the DVD is entertaining. Enjoy!
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its a b rated movie that just makes u laugh with seeing the English dub over it.any way the movie was great to watch
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