"12 Mighty Orphans" is a 2010 Japanese film directed by Koichi Kawaguchi and Tatsuya Suzuki. It stars Kota Nozaki as Kudzu, an orphan whose life is shattered when his family is slaughtered by the Yomi family. He then vows to become a swordsman in order to protect his home and family. Although this movie was not highly marketed in the West, it did make a decent amount of money at the box office, which is more than can be said for some Japanese movies of the past.
The story begins with a brief overview of what happens during the first half of the movie. We quickly move into the locker room scene where we meet the new football team for the first time. We are introduced to our two new stars of the movie, Kudzu and Yomi. They are introduced as the new captain and vice captain, respectively, and there is a short skit between them in which they both express how they met and what their relationship is like so far.
The story then takes place off to the middle of the summer when the school starts up again after the summer vacation. During this time, Kudzu and Yomi form a great friendship that leads to them being picked on by the other boys in the team. While this may seem kind of stupid, the filmmakers did a good job of conveying the feeling that they were being picked on. This makes the movie a bit more real and realistic.
The plot eventually revolves around the question of how the townspeople in the area can support the new football team. This is when Yomi shows up, looking for her brother, who she has not seen since he was taken away as a child. The two of them find out that the people in the townspeople were using the boys as guinea pigs for experimental testing of a new chemical. Wilson is forced to get his hands on the chemical, but soon realizes that the town has been doing this for a long time. This leads to the main plot of the movie where the twelve mighty orphans are formed from the test subjects.
There are many plot twists throughout the movie including the fact that one of the players is actually a doctor. The movie ends with the orphans deciding to take on the doctors in an attempt to see if they can prove the scientists wrong. It turns out that there were twelve players instead of the usual twelve, and this is where the true story of the movie comes into play. It also finally reveals what the purpose of the game was; to try and prove that it does not harm or even have any negative effects on the human mind. The movie ends with the orphans running away from the fort, but they soon realize that it was only for the doctor to escape, and not for the twelve players to die.
Overall, this movie was fun to watch. It was a bit slow at times, and there were times when the pace of the movie seemed to be going a little fast. But overall, this movie was fun to watch and worth your time. I recommend watching this with the kids because you will not only get a good laugh, but you may also learn something about how these people play by following the true story of the game. I definitely recommend this movie if you like animated movies with a great plot. If you prefer action movies that will keep you on the edge of your seat, then this is definitely a great choice!