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Goku Midnight Eye (1989)

Not Rated  |  Video  |  Animation, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  27 January 1989 (Japan)
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A private detective finds himself armed with a cybernetic eye implant that proves invaluable in his fight against an evil weapons dealer.

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Juuji Matsuda ...
Goku (voice)
Jeff Harding ...
Goku (UK) (voice)
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Goku (US) (voice) (as Steven Blum)
Norio Wakamoto ...
Genji (voice)
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Genji / Sakuma (UK) (voice) (as Garrick Hagen)
Kirk Thornton ...
Genji / Tamiya (US) (voice)
Mami Koyama ...
Yoko (voice)
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Yoko (UK) (voice) (as Suzie Miller)
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Yoko / Walla (US) (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ...
Yamazaki (voice)
Michael Sorich ...
Yamazaki / Chief / Gomez / Sakuma / Walla (US) (voice)
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Chief (UK) (voice) (as Bill Roberts)
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Cop / Coroner / Uchimura / Additional Voices (US) (voice)
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Jane / Additional Voices (US) (voice)
Wendee Lee ...
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In the near future, Goku, a former police detective turned private, is investigating a mysterious string of apparent suicides of a special police unit investigating a ruthless weapons merchant. In his aggressive style, Goku almost joins that list, but he mysteriously survives and receives a cybernetic eye by parties unknown that can literally control any computer in the world. Now, he has a score to settle and is armed with what he needs to accomplish that... Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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One of the best from the brilliant Kawajiri • 10/10
16 May 2014 | by (the Universe) – See all my reviews

'Goku' is another from Kawajiri, and was released as a straight-to-video effort because of its short running time of 50-minutes. 'Goku' is the first of two films, and is one of my favorite Anime, because of the originality and the science-fiction angle. Considering this was made back in 1989, it was clever that the writer, Buichi Terasawa, imagined a world where everything was connected the way it is today, via the internet. The internet wasn't unknown back then but it wasn't commercially available, or widely known about, until the mid-nineties, so it appeared to be a revolutionary idea at that time.

After a spate of suicides by a group of police detectives, who are watching a suspected arms-dealer, their former colleague, Goku, now a private eye, begins to look into the apparent suicides and almost ends his own life in the process. When anyone looks at the arms dealer's mutant, female bodyguard, who has peacock feathers with hypnotic eyes coming out of her back, they end up killing themselves, or each other. When she confronts Goku with her feathers, Goku stabs out his eye to save himself from committing suicide, but crashes into a river, and is now almost dead and half blind.

He awakens to find he now has a new left eye that can control any computer in the world, including satellites and is also given a new extraordinary weapon; a stick that, when triggered by his eye, can extend to any length he desires. It might sound like a strange weapon but once you see how many uses it has, you'll soon learn to appreciate just how clever this seemingly simple idea is. He passes out once more but awakens on a park bench with no clue as to who his benefactor was, and why he was given his new power. Goku goes after the arms-dealer, using his new weapon and eye, but things aren't made easy for him as the dealer is in an almost impenetrable building.


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