I'm not gonna lie--I roll my eyes at the thought of live-action fan films, assuming that even with all the earnest intentions and love of the source material, their homemade cheese will shine through. It's nice to be proven wrong, though, like Thousand Pounds did when they released this amazing fan film. I think what really sold me was how this is in Japanese with subtitles. They're pretty good! From TP:
"The story takes place after the Pain saga with Naruto becoming the acknowledged village hero he’s always sought out to be. Seeing Naruto become steps closer to his dream, Rock lee decides he too, must continue to grow and push his training even harder. Feeling unfulfilled in his regiment, Lee decides to challenge Naruto to a no holds barred duel in hopes to reignite his passion to become the best ninja he can be. Naruto accepts the challenge from his close friend and with this the fight is set! Will Naruto’s constant growth and Nine Tailed Fox spirit overwhelm the hardworking, hand-to-hand fighter? Or will Lee again, push his body to the limits to become the more powerful opponent?"
So what'd you think? These guys have built up a mission statement practically challenging Hollywood about making good live-action adaptations, and I think they're living up to it so far. I wanna see more, but what about you?
Thanks to y0mallvlla for the tip!