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We’ve talked before about the upcoming Patlabor live action film.

Well, here are some actual footage

 

It looks AWESOME

 

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A while ago it was speculated that the giant Mecha in the port of Yokohama was in fact part of the upcoming Patlabor movie.

It is about time that some insider images leak from the set. Thanks to Timeless Dimension, here’s what the Labor Patrol looks like.

Patlabor image courtesy of timelessDimension

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It has been known for quite a while now, but there is a Patlabor live-action movie scheduled for 2014. Not to be confused with Patlabor: The Movie (1989) – The 1989 movie was anime, the 2014 movie will be live action.

Patlabor, also know as Mobile Police Patlabor is an anime and manga franchise (Headgear) about “near-futuristic” police mecha. “Near-future” with quotation marks, as it was released starting 1988 so the “near future” of 1998-2002 was making sense then. In any case, in that reality they use mecha robots called “Labors” for various tasks, similarly to what is seen in the movie Aliens with the exoskeleton forklift. The Labors can do multiple tasks such as construction, or Police – the center of the story. Spoilers ends here, more on wikipedia.

There has been talks about an upcoming live action feature of Patlabor, scheduled for 2014. Pictures have been recently leaked from the port of Yokohama, Japan, where they have a gigantic 1:1 mecha cop that could very well be from the set of the upcoming movie. This thing is GIGANTIC!

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First of, if you’re into retro gaming or arcades and haven’t seen Disney’s Wreck-it-Ralph yet, maybe you should do something about it. Disney made a good job making nods to classic videogames.

In Wreck-it-Ralph, arcade game characters live a life outside of their designed games. For the movie, they created “new” games – both “recent” and “retro” to convey their story. But they certainly based themselves in what already existed.

The main game “Fix-it Felix Jr.” is clearly a nod to “Donkey Kong Jr.” way of sequelling.  On an arcade standpoint, look at their cabinets: Disney certainly used old Nintendo cabinets for their promotion, likely just reskinning Donkey Cabinets.

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The game itself resemble an inverted Rampage – you’d play the guy having to fix up after building demolition. Not too shabby for retro game play. They should have released real arcades for promotion in movie theaters while the movies was still out there, instead of just publicity stunts once in a while. Not only of the main game, but also the two other games visited by the characters – one is a crossover between Medal of Honor and Call of Duty and is named Hero’s Duty, the other one is a Mario Kart ripoff in a candyland style racing game named Candy Rush…. even the cabinet is at least inspired by Mario Kart GP.
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