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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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Credited cast:
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Chris Patton ...
Yu Ominae (voice) (as Christopher Patton)
Kevin Corn ...
Ted Pfister ...
Dr. Meisel (voice)
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Kelly Manison ...
Margaret (voice)
Mike Kleinhenz ...
Fattman (voice)
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Little Boy (voice)
John Paul Shepard ...
Yamamoto (voice) (as John Paul Shephard)
John Swasey ...
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Markham Anderson ...
ARCAM Explorer, Additional Voices (voice) (as C. Markham Anderson)
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COSMOS Yu (voice)
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Storyline

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 <kchishol@execulink.com>

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


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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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5 September 1998 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Spriggan  »

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

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$7,420 (USA) (12 October 2001)
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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 »

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Pretty decent, exciting action anime
18 November 2000 | by (Boulder, CO, USA) – See all my reviews

I've only seen this film in its raw, unsubtitled Japanese form, so I'm not much of an authority on the details of the plot, but it's obvious that plot isn't much of an issue here. Spriggan is an action movie and doesn't really pretend to be anything else (despite the sci-fi stuff that starts happening towards the end). The animation is beautiful and similar in style to Ghost in the Shell, and there are some character design similarities to Ninja Scroll (one of the villains is a huge, bald, heavily armed walking tank reminiscent of Ninja Scroll's big rock ninja). The most obvious influence, though, is from Akira; anybody who has seen Katsuhiro Otomo's genre-reworking masterpiece will instantly be reminded of it the moment the freaky little psychic kid is introduced.

I barely understood a word of the dialogue, but the action sequences are sheer pulsating excitement. A memorable battle takes place at a mountain research station at night during a snowstorm; the poetic setting becomes the backdrop for a festival of violence worthy of a John Woo movie. I particularly like the villains who appear prominently in this scene-- in addition to the big armored gun guy I've mentioned, there's a scary little weirdo who rips his victims to pieces with tiny little strands of piano wire. And because the film is animated, we never think about stunts or computers or any of that stuff that can be so distracting in live-action films. Though somewhat predictable and derivative of other movies, Spriggan's action sequences are very impressive.

Again, I can't really comment on the plot, but if it's as good as everything else in this film then we may have a new anime classic on our hands. See it on the big screen if you get the chance.


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