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Living on the “Edge Of Tomorrow”

Live, die, repeat – this is what happened to Major Bill Cage after killing an alien and unknowingly absorbed the alien’s blood and gaining the ability to turn back time. But this comes with one condition, he has to die.

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The Story

Years into the future, the Earth is facing a war versus an alien species called the Mimics. Countries unite to create the United Defense Force (UDF) as its vanguard against them. Members of this UDF wear mechanized exoskeletons called Jacket during combat. These jackets are equipped with guns and grenades and can grant the wearer some extra strength.

After defying an officer and being stripped down of his rank, Cage (played by Tom Cruise) was sent to a base at Heathrow Airport in London and was told to be deployed the next day. Inexperienced in a real war, he was sent into the battlefield and died after detonating a bomb in front of him as a last resort against an unusual Mimic. After dying, he wakes up to the day he first arrived at the base or the day before his employment. At first he was doubtful of what had happened, thinking it was all dream until he noticed that what happened in his “dream” are becoming true, exactly as he saw it. After died many time and still returning to the day before his deployment, he realized that he is stuck in a time loop. And as he revives again and again, his memories are still intact and his skills are improving and now he is trying to change his fate.

All You Need is Kill

Now you might ask what a Hollywood movie is doing in a blog about Japan. Edge of Tomorrow as it is promoted, is adapted from the 2004 Japanese light novel All You Need Is Kill (Shueisha Publication, 2004)by Hiroshi Sakurazaka with the drawings illustrated by Yoshitoshi Abe. In January 2014, it was made into a manga rewritten by Ryōsuke Takeuchi and have illustrations from Takeshi Obata. The latter’s name is familiar eh? That is because together with Tsugumi Ohba as the writer, he is the illustrator of the popular and controversial manga, Death Note (Shueisha Publication, 2003). Takeshi Obata might be a fan of blood and gore judging from these two works.

Differences between the movie and the manga

Instead of the American Bill Cage in the movie, All You Need Is Kill has the Japanese Keiji Kiriya. Kiriya is sent to a Kotoiushi Island in Japan. In the movie, the Mimics are visualized as creatures with octopus-like tentacles and moves fast while in the light novel, they are described as bloated four-legged frog-like creatures with tails. On the manga though, they are rounded big-mouthed creatures with many legs. The movie was originally entitled the same as the light novel but was later changed because as what Sue Kroll, Warner Bros. president, worldwide marketing and international distribution “there was a lot of negative chatter about having a movie with the word ‘kill’ in the title”. (But I guess it would be more intriguing to hear if the title did really stick to the original.)

Shown in some cinemas worldwide, Edge of Tomorrow also stars Emily Blunt as Sergeant Rita Vrataski. It is directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, 2002; Mr. & Mrs. Smith, 2005) and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. If you haven’t check the trailer yet, try to watch it below and you may play, watch, and repeat it…nah, just go watch the movie.

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