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Film Review: ‘The Empire of Corpses’ (Shisha no teikoku)

9 September 2016 3:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

An anime feature adaptation of late sci-fi virtuoso Project Itoh’s steampunk dystopian novel on computerized necromancy, “Empire of Corpses” is exquisitely drawn yet bogs down in a narrative as bloated as a drowned carcass. Following a young, androgynous Dr. Watson on a globetrotting espionage mission to find Victor Frankenstein’s secret formula, Itoh’s richly imaginative yarn is literally and figuratively a soul-searching journey. Yet, despite sprawling, jumbled exposition, director Ryotaro Makihara’s big-screen realization boasts such dazzling artwork and cinematic brio that it will live long on U.S. distributor Funimation’s streaming platform, aimed at hardcore Japanese anime geeks.

Itoh (aka Satoshi Ito) burst upon Japan’s science fiction scene with “Genocide Organ” and “Harmony,” but regrettably died of cancer at the age of 34. His last, unfinished novel “The Empire of Corpses” was completed by his friend and peer To Enjo. Produced by Wit Studio, which boasts »

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