Spriggan (1998)

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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:
Chris Patton ...
Yu Ominae (voice) (as Christopher Patton)
Kevin Corn ...
Ted Pfister ...
Dr. Meisel (voice)
Kelly Manison ...
Margaret (voice)
Mike Kleinhenz ...
Fattman (voice)
Little Boy (voice)
John Paul Shepard ...
Yamamoto (voice) (as John Paul Shephard)
John Swasey ...
Mr. Smith (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ryuji Aigase ...
Markham Anderson ...
ARCAM Explorer, Additional Voices (voice) (as C. Markham Anderson)
Ross Bautsch ...
COSMOS Yu (voice)
Bob Biggerstaff ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Victor Carsrud ...
Additional Voices (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 <kchishol@execulink.com>

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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?


Fatman and Little Boy are the names of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 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 »


Yu Ominae: Yeah, well we can't all be Schwarzenegger.
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Crazy Credits

"The Spriggan Ice Cream Social Club" See more »


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Jing Ling
Performed by 'Saju'
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User Reviews

A fast-paced high-tech bloody buddy film.
21 June 2001 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

"Spriggan" is a fairly decent piece of anime showcasing some of the best high action / movement animation I've ever seen; technically it is quite a well-developed film with many intricate cuts and superb editing. For anyone interested in a decent action / sci-fi thriller, I recommend this movie without prejudice.

Thematically, I don't think it is as deep or metaphysically intriguing as films like "Akira" or "Ghost in the Shell" nor do I think it raises enough questions and insights about its subject matter as say "Neon Genesis Evangelion," particularly in how it deals with its own use of religious iconography and mythology; they are more of a "technology" than anything else, however, the film is still enjoyable.

And of course there's the completely benign homo-social relationship between Yu and Jean to add to the fun.

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