70th Venice International Film Festival
Director: Alberto Barbera
Out of Competition
Captain Harlock is the one man standing between the corrupt Gaia Coalition and their quest for complete intergalactic rule. Seeking revenge against those who wronged both mankind and himself, the mysterious space pirate roams the universe in his battle cruiser, the Arcadia, defiantly attacking and pillaging enemy ships. Gaia Fleet leader Ezra sends his younger brother, Logan, to infiltrate the Arcadia and assassinate Harlock. But Logan will soon discover that things are not always what they seem, and that legends are born for a reason. Harlock pushes his loyal crew forward in his death-defying mission to undo the “Nodes of Time” and reverse the Earth to an age when still inhabited by humans. It is the year 2977 and 500 billion displaced humans long to return to the planet they still refer to as home. The rebellious Captain Harlock and his trusted crew are mankind’s only hope of one day righting the Coalition’s wrongs.
language: Japanese - s/t English, Italian
I set out to make an entertaining film for the global audience. At the same time, however, I wanted the film to be a commentary on the problems that we face in Japan, using the medium of the sci-fi genre. Harlock is a pirate, meaning that he’s a man who rebels against the establishment. This naturally lends itself to making him a dark hero - an “anti-hero,” if you will, just like the Batman.