Japan Release: 2011
Running Time:
130 minutes


Japanese Title


Distributor: Production:

Toho / NTV / Yomiuri / Horipro / FBS / HTV / CTV / TV-SDT/ Nikkatsu / MMT-TV

Estranged friends Kei Kurono and Masaru Kato reunite in a subway over troubled circumstances: an old man has fallen onto the tracks. While Masaru rushes to the man's aid, Kei is initially reluctant. Eventually convinced, the pair rescue the old man. Unfortunately, they are not able to save themselves and die from an oncoming train. However, shortly afterwards the pair are transported to a small room, still alive. Overlooking Tokyo Tower, other strangers are with them along with a giant black orb. They discover that the strangers all have one thing in common: they all recently perished. The orb then opens, revealing weapons, suits and a silent restrained man inside. A screen on the orb then issues then a mission. The group must seek and destroy an alien target, an "Onion Alien", on Earth. While still coming to terms with their circumstances, the orb transports them out of the room. At their new location, they find a small child. The kid, though, is not human and looks similar to the target the orb gave them. Using the weapons given to them, a fraction of the group corners the small creature. After some coaxing, they brutally kill it, only for their true target to appear behind them. Angered at the death of its child, an adult Onion Alien assaults them. Among heavy causalities, the survivors eventually defeat the alien. With the target destroyed, the group is transported back to the small room. Given a "score tally", they then vanish from the room and are left to their daily lives as if nothing happened. The next night, though, they are all transported back to the small room and with a new mission...

Live Action Science Fiction

Box Office - Stock Footage - DVDs - CDs - Pictures - Background - Concept Art - Cut Scenes - Reviews


International Title


Initial US Title

US Distributor: New People Entertainment (2011) / Time: 130 Minutes

Alternate Titles

[Literal translation]

GANTZ: Initial

Aliens, SDF & Misc.

Tanaka Aliens
Tanaka Aliens
Tanaka Aliens
Buddha Statue Aliens



Directed by Shinsuke Sato
Writing Credits Yusuke Watanabe, Hiroya Oku
Produced by Takahiro Sato, Hiroshi Miyazaki, Yoshinari Shimatani
Music by Kenji Kawai
Cinematography by Taro Kawazu
Film Editing by Tsuyoshi Imai
Production Design by Yasuaki Harada
Director of Special Effects Makoto Kamiya
Kei Kurono Kazunari Ninomiya
Masaru Kato Kenichi Matsuyama
Tae Kojima Yuriko Yoshitaka
Joichiro Nishi Kanata Hongo
Megumi Kishimoto Natsuna
Yoshikazu Suzuki Tomorowo Taguchi
Masamitsu Shigeta Takayuki Yamada
Hiroto Sakurai Shunya Shiraishi
Ayumu Kato Kensuke Chisaka
- Mukau Nakamura
- Ayako Yoshitani


Box Office

Release Date: January 29th, 2011 (Japan)
Budget: ¥4,000,000,000 / $48,000,000 (Rough Figure, split with GANTZ 2: Perfect Answer)
Opening Weekend: ¥595,289,632 / $7,252,554 (Japan, 410 Screens)
Total: ¥3,450,000,000 / $42,000,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)

DVDs and Blu-rays

United States DVD Region 1 Gantz New People Entertainment (2011) Order
United States Blu-ray Gantz New People Entertainment (2011) Order

Background and Trivia

  • Based on a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiroya Oku, which ran from 2000 to 2013 and had a second series which ran from 2015 to 2017.
  • Was produced at the same time as its sequel, GANTZ 2: Perfect Answer (2011).


Anthony Romero [New People] Star Rating
January 21, 2011