‘Patlabor’ giant robot prop is broodingly awesome

The real thing: A giant robot prop stares out over Tokyo Bay in this promo pic for 'Patlabor.'

(Credit: Tohokushinsha)

Despite its plethora of giant robots and giant monsters, “Pacific Rim” has been box office disappointment in Japan.

The film seems tailor-made for otaku geeks, but apparently it’s no match for anime god Hayao Miyazaki’s latest, “The Wind Rises,” a biopic about Zero fighter designer Jiro Horikoshi.

But “Patlabor: The Next Generation,” a new, live-action giant robot film in the works, has something that “Pacific Rim” lacked: a powerful brand and an actual giant robot.

Photos of the full-size robot prop had circulated on the Internet before production company … [Read more]

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