A ‘Grendizer’ movie? It’s a ‘Go,’ says Nagai, creator of the famous Japanese anime

Grendizer creator Go Nagai signs his hand-drawn Arab News logo at the publication’s Japanese launch. (AN photo)
Updated 26 October 2019

A ‘Grendizer’ movie? It’s a ‘Go,’ says Nagai, creator of the famous Japanese anime

  • Dubbed version of Grendizer had a significant impact on Middle East pop culture
  • Go Nagai has said it may take years for him to finalize his Grendizer remake plans

TOKYO: Go Nagai, the Japanese mangaka who created one of the region’s most famous anime to date, has teased the idea of a film featuring everyone’s favorite Super Robot.

Speaking to Arab News exclusively from his Tokyo Studio, Nagai said he has plans to create a feature film for Grendizer, similar to the one created for Mazinger, another one of his hits.

Grendizer has a long history in the region. Created in 1975, the dubbed version of the anime has a significant impact on pop culture in the Middle East.




Grendizer protagonist Duke Fleed.

It was an instant hit in the Arab world and remains one of the biggest anime to ever impact local audiences.

However, the last episode of Grendizer was produced in 1977, and audiences have been clamoring for a movie since then.

A 3D remake of Mazinger, Mazinger Z Infinity, was released in 2017, and many speculate that Grendizer could be the next series to receive an update. 

“I’m talking to animation companies to create one, but it hasn’t been finalized yet,” he said. “But I believe we can do it.”

While many fans have speculated that a movie release may be imminent, coinciding with the 45th anniversary of Grendizer next year, Nagai said it may take years for him to finalize his plans.

Nagai also said the film could be an opportunity to introduce the series to newer fans.

“The audience of Mazinger Z Infinity was about half old fans of Mazinger Z, and half from the new generation.

“Those who were original fans probably saw the movie and felt nostalgic, and the people from the new generation were probably surprised to see such a movie with intense robot action.”


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However, Italian fan Luigi Stella, too excited to wait for an official movie, created a fan-made trailer for a Grendizer film, which is available to watch on YouTube.

The trailer renders Grendizer (or Goldrake as he is known in Italy) and Duke Fleed in 3D, with loving attention to detail, teasing what could be a phenomenal production.

Another passionate fan filmmaker is Syrian 3D artist Walat Mustafa, whose YouTube page features videos detailing what a 3D version of Grendizer might look like.

Using the original audio from the old dub, he recreates the anime’s environments — models — and of course the robot itself — in videos that can be as short as 50 seconds to as long as half an hour.

One person, in particular, would love to see a Grendizer film come to fruition. Jihad Al-Atrash, the actor who portrayed Duke Fleed in the original Arabic dub of Grendizer, would love to reprise his role, provided the circumstances were right.

“I’ve heard the rumors, but it’s all been talk at this point,” he told Arab News. “But I’m definitely interested. While I haven’t got much interest in participating in a fan film or an unofficial film, I would love to be involved in an official remake or sequel.”


Georges Chakra politicizes couture in an ode to Lebanon

Georges Chakra continuously unveils his aesthetic concepts through his couture shows during fashion weeks. (Supplied)
Updated 21 January 2020

Georges Chakra politicizes couture in an ode to Lebanon

  • The 47-piece offering was an extravagant ode to the Beirut-born designer’s home country of Lebanon, where nation-wide protests have been ongoing for the past couple of months

PARIS: Lebanese Georges Chakra presented his Spring 2020 couture collection at Paris’ Petit Palace on Monday. The 47-piece offering was an extravagant ode to the Beirut-born designer’s home country of Lebanon, where nation-wide protests have been ongoing for the past couple of months.

Lebanese Georges Chakra presented his Spring 2020 couture collection at Paris’ Petit Palace. (Supplied)

Placed on each of the guest’s seats along with the show notes was a synthetic white rose accompanied by a note that read “un rose pour la liberte,” which translates to “one rose for freedom.”

Placed on each of the guest’s seats along with the show notes was a synthetic white rose which read “one rose for freedom.” (Supplied)

The message? Fashion is an act of resistance. Chakra wanted to create the real-life looks that reflected the sophisticated and rebellious nature of Lebanese women. These included a show-stopping lineup of striking eveningwear in a burst of white, hot pink and blue color palettes.

Chakra’s brand signature combines elaborate and intricate back details coupled with modern and bold fabrics. (Supplied)

The glimmer-creating Japanese app Kirakira, which turns anything sparkly into a disco ball–like reflection of shine and shimmer, was the preferred medium for capturing Chakra’s runway today — and rightly so. There were plenty of crystal and sequin embellished pieces on the runway that will surely hit the red carpet soon. 

There were plenty of crystal and sequin embellished pieces on the runway that will surely hit the red carpet soon. (Supplied)

Standout looks included a pink, strapless satin duchesse dress that was short at the front and long at the back and boasted a violet floral print, an asymmetrical gown that featured dashes of sequins in varying hues of green, an icy blue sheath dress with an organza train and a hand-painted blue-grey gazar dress with a fan shaped neckline.

Chakra wanted to create the real-life looks that reflected the sophisticated and rebellious nature of Lebanese women. (Supplied)

You can picture his longtime client US actress Janina Gavankar looking devastating on the red carpet wearing the bright pink slit dress with a criss-cross neckline and long train. Or his new client, actress Nina Kiri, who wore one of his creations to the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 20, in the strapless, aquamarine satin dress with a high slit.

Chakra began his work in a war-clad Beirut, after he graduated from Canada. (Supplied)

As is customary, the last look was the bridal look. The off-the-shoulder wedding dress was accessorized with a glittering emerald and diamond necklace made by Lebanese jeweler Fawaz Gruosi. In addition to the striking sartorial lineup, the necklace will also be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going to Beirut’s Children's Cancer Center of Lebanon and scholarships at the Ecole Saint Vincent de Paul.