If you’re looking for an exciting film with incredible action sequences and a dynamic usage of CGI then look no further than JOJO’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable. Based on the Japanese manga JOJO’s Bizarre Adventure by Hirohiko Araki, the film adapts the third season of the incredible anime series produced by David Production and brings it to life in incredible fashion. Whether you’re a fan of the JOJO franchise already or a newcomer you don’t need any prior knowledge of the series to understand it. The movie is in Japanese with just the right amount of subtitles that don’t distract away from the film.
The plot follows a cocky protagonist by the name of Josuke Higashikata. He’s not your average chosen one hero as he’s extremely confident in himself and is a really good fighter. Josuke has the heart of Goku from Dragonball Z, the styling practices of Ruby Rhod from the fifth element, and the courage of Saitama from One Punch Man. You can rob who you want, beat up anyone, but whatever you do, don’t criticize his hair or you’ll live to regret it. It’s a hilarious element of the film that’s reminiscent of Marty McFly in Back to the Future whenever someone called him a chicken.
In the film a high schooler Josuke lives in the Japanese town of Morioh and can control what they call “Stands.” Think quirks like My Hero Academia, chosen people are granted these special entities that possess all kinds of really cool superpowers. But there is a catch, only people who have a Stand can see others who possess them as well. Josuke along with a few friends try to take down an unknown evil that has come to town with a magical crossbow and look to wreak havoc among it’s town folk.
The best way to describe the feature is Real Steel meets Yu-Gi-Oh meets Dragon Ball. The progression of the film moves rather quickly introducing us to both villains and heroes but with enough pacing to take it all in. The character designs are really well done and look like they raided the late great Prince’s wardrobe closet. The stunt coordination is very solid and the production overall is very well done.
But as most live action adaptations of any popular property it does come with a few plot holes and character flaws. The first being a very obvious one, Josuke’s hair. How he spends the entire duration of the flick without losing his fashionable hairstyle is questionable. Also there are a few things that happen during the third act of the movie that I can’t go into detail about but kind of come out of nowhere and then disappear without explanation. Still the film is a good one and bottles up enough interest throughout to want to see further adventures of JOJO or Josuke.
Fun fact that’s also pretty Tarantino-ish territory with the JOJO series is that Diamond is Unbreakable is actually the fourth part of the JOJO anime series so it’s not exactly told in order. The script by Itaru Era is still a decent balance of the anime that came before it. In terms of the dramatics and artistic point of view Takashi Miike the director does a remarkable job with the film. It’s especially fantastic with how he handles the water elements of the film. Not a bad anime to live action comparison.
JOJO’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable is something you have to experience to believe.Get ready to hear yourself rooting for the hero and bask in the glory of 119 minutes of total awesomeness. It’s a great adaptation from the anime and they managed to translate it to live action brilliantly with Josuke and a few other characters’ hair intact. If you love movies like The Matrix or Tron, you’ll love it.