An elite superhuman agent must stop a foreign military unit from seizing control of an ancient artifact that holds the key to ultimate power.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shôtarô Morikubo ...
Yu Ominae (voice)
Ryuji Aigase ...
Takehito Koyasu ...
Katsumi Suzuki ...
Little Boy (voice)
Ken Shiroyama ...
Dr. Meisel (voice)
Sakiko Tamagawa ...
Margaret (voice)
Kenji Takano ...
Fat Man (voice)
Fumihiko Goto ...
Turkish Agent B (voice)
Dai Matsumoto ...
Manager (voice)
Hiroyuki Oshida ...
Guard B (voice)
Ikumi Kimura ...
Stewardess (voice)
Katsuhisa Hôki ...
Turkish Agent A (voice)
Kenichi Sakaguchi ...
N.C.O (voice)
Kinryû Arimoto ...
Yamamoto (voice)
Masaaki Yajima ...
Narrator (voice)


Yu is a young man who has a past he desperately wants to forget. His present is that he is a superhuman top agent for Arcan, an organization dedicated to protecting ancient artifacts to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. However, he receives several bloody messages, culminating in the suicide of a friend, telling that Noah would be his death. In response, Yu travels to Turkey to visit the Arcan dig at Mount Arrat, where Noah's Ark is supposed to have rested. Along the way there and at the destination, he learns of forces of his past have returned to stop him and sieze control of the Ark, which turns out to be an alien device of ultimate power. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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They were looking for a sign. What they found was a warning.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 September 1998 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Spriggan  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,420 (USA) (12 October 2001)


$7,420 (USA) (12 October 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally, the title for this movie was going to be "Striker," which was the altered American manga name created by Viz Manga. This name originated in the mid 1990's for no more reason than the American translators thinking that "the name Spriggan didn't sound cool." A couple of years later, Viz Manga re-released what they had already translated before (three heavily edited volumes out of a total of eleven original volumes from Japan) in an anthology under its proper name, "Spriggan." Yet in 1998, Studio 4c announced that that they were going to make a Spriggan anime and had told Viz Manga that they liked the name "Striker" so much that they were going to use it as the title for the international release of the film. Viz Manga then hastily re-lettered their "Spriggan" release back into "Striker," hoping to benefit from cross promotion, but Studio 4c then changed their minds without telling Viz Manga and used the original "Spriggan" name as the movie's title. See more »


During the fight with Colonel MacDougal Ominae's arm was broken in multiple places and left hanging limp. However, when he was falling with Jean after escaping the Ark he used the broken arm to shoot his grappling hook and hung from it, then after landing was using his 'broken' arm as if it weren't injured at all. See more »


Little Boy: Whats the matter Sprggan? Can't take it?
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Crazy Credits

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Jing Ling
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User Reviews

Hollywood style action in an animated film
26 July 1999 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

The movie starts out with a fairly typical premise: Japanese High School student, Yu, is actually a super-soldier (A "Spriggan") and part of a secret army that recovers and protects ancient artifacts. From there, however, the movie is anything but typical. Lots of wild, incredibly animated action and over-the-top fighting with an actual plot behind it.

In short, the secret army's just found Noah's Ark on Mt. Ararat, Turkey, and they dispatch their best agent, our Yu, to check out what's up. The enemy, the naughty United States military forces, sends their best agents in the U.S. Cybercorps to stop the project and recover the ark. Interestingly enough, these agents are codenamed 'Fatman' and 'Littleboy' - the same names of the two A-bombs that dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The movie veers madly between plot scenes and wild, edge-of-your-seat action sequences until it gets to it's stunning, and CGI-assisted finale. Highly recommended, even with it's vague anti-US slant.

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