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Knights of the Zodiac: The Live-Action Film Based on Saint Seiya

Knights of the Zodiac, also known as Saint Seiya: The Beginning in Japan, is a 2023 fantasy action film directed by Tomek Bagiński from a screenplay by Josh Campbell, Matt Stuecken, and Kiel Murray, based on the manga Saint Seiya by Masami Kurumada. The film stars Mackenyu, Famke Janssen, Madison Iseman, Diego Tinoco, Mark Dacascos, Nick Stahl, and Sean Bean.

The film follows the story of Seiya, a street orphan who discovers that he is destined to become a Pegasus Knight, a warrior for the goddess Athena. He trains under Marin, a Silver Knight, and meets Sienna, the reincarnation of Athena. Together, they must face the threat of Vander Guraad, a former Knight who seeks to destroy Athena and the world.

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The Manga and Anime Origins

Saint Seiya is a manga series written and illustrated by Masami Kurumada. It was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1986 to 1990, and collected in 28 tankōbon volumes by Shueisha. The manga tells the story of a group of young warriors called Saints, who protect the reincarnated goddess Athena from various enemies. The Saints wear special armors called Cloths, which are based on constellations and grant them superhuman abilities. The manga is divided into three main arcs: Sanctuary, Poseidon, and Hades.

The manga was adapted into an anime series by Toei Animation from 1986 to 1989, covering the first two arcs of the manga. The anime was broadcast on TV Asahi in Japan and was popular among children and teenagers. The anime also spawned several spin-off series, OVAs, and films. The most recent anime adaptation is Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac, a CGI remake produced by Netflix in 2019.

The Live-Action Film Production

The live-action film adaptation of Saint Seiya was first announced in 2016 by Toei Company and A Really Good Film Company (ARGF), with Polish director Tomek Bagiński attached to direct. The film was co-produced by Toei and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan (SPEJ), with Sony handling the international distribution. The film was shot in Hungary and Japan from 2020 to 2021. The film's budget was reported to be $60 million USD.

The film's cast was revealed in 2020, with Mackenyu playing the lead role of Seiya. Mackenyu is a Japanese-American actor who has appeared in films such as Pacific Rim: Uprising and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chapter I. Famke Janssen plays Vander Guraad, the main antagonist of the film. Janssen is a Dutch actress who is best known for her roles as Jean Grey in the X-Men film series and Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye. Madison Iseman plays Sienna, the reincarnation of Athena. Iseman is an American actress who has starred in films such as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Annabelle Comes Home. Diego Tinoco plays Nero, one of Guraad's warriors. Tinoco is an American actor who rose to fame for his role as Cesar Diaz in the Netflix series On My Block. Mark Dacascos plays Mylock, Kido's assistant and a former Knight. Dacascos is an American actor and martial artist who has appeared in films such as Brotherhood of the Wolf and John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum. Nick Stahl plays Cassios, a fighter who becomes one of Guraad's soldiers. Stahl is an American actor who has starred in films such as Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Sin City. Sean Bean plays Alman Kido, Sienna's adoptive father and a former Knight. Bean is an English actor who is famous for his roles as Boromir in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Ned Stark in Game of Thrones.

The Film's Reception and Future

Knights of the Zodiac was released in Japan on April 28, 2023, and in the United States on May 12. The film has received mostly negative reviews from critics and fans, who criticized the film's deviation from the source material, poor CGI, weak script, and lack of character development. The film has also been a box office flop, grossing only $6.9 million worldwide as of September 2, 2023 . The film has been labeled as one of the biggest failures of the year and a disappointment for the fans of Saint Seiya.

Despite the film's poor performance, Toei and Sony have not officially canceled the planned sequel, which was announced in 2021. The sequel is supposed to adapt the Poseidon arc of the manga, and introduce new characters such as Hyoga, Shiryu, Shun, and Ikki, who are Seiya's fellow Knights. However, given the film's low popularity and negative reception, it is unlikely that the sequel will be made anytime soon.

Knights of the Zodiac is currently available to rent or buy on Prime Video. However, fans of Saint Seiya may prefer to watch the original anime series or the Netflix remake instead .


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