I took a few hours off this evening and went to see the new ROBO-G robot movie that was just released here in Japan. Without disclosing any spoilers, I can say that the movie was a fun romp, full of laughs and quite a few unexpected twists and turns.
The plot centers around a trio of factory workers that have been tasked by the company president to develop a humanoid robot. With only one week left before the robot's unveiling at a major trade show, disaster strikes when their prototype accidentally falls out a window and is smashed.
They recruit a retired senior who just happens to perfectly fit inside the humanoid robot's shell and attempt to con everyone, including the press, into thinking that the new robot is every bit as good as ASIMO.
There's no indication whether or not the movie will be shown overseas, though I certainly hope that it will be. It's a fun comedy, though some audiences may find it to be a little too light. One definite high point for robot fans are the scenes early in the movie with Omni-Zero, the ROBO-ONE robot developed by Maeda-san of V-Stone.
Here are some additional photos of ROBO-G that I took during IREX 2011 late last year: