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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Shotaro Morikubo ...
Yu Ominae (voice)
Chris Patton ...
Yu Ominae (voice) (as Christopher Patton)
Ryuji Aigase ...
Kevin Corn ...
Takehito Koyasu ...
Ted Pfister ...
Dr. Meisel (voice)
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Katsumi Suzuki ...
Little Boy (voice)
Kelly Manison ...
Margaret (voice)
Ken Shiroyama ...
Dr. Meisel (voice)
Mike Kleinhenz ...
Fattman (voice)
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Little Boy (voice)
Sakiko Tamagawa ...
Margaret (voice)
John Paul Shepard ...
Yamamoto (voice) (as John Paul Shephard)
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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  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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

The original subbed print of the film features Dr. Miesel saying to McDougall, "You Americans are so arrogant." Possibly in response to 9/11, the DVD changes the line to, "You are the product of arrogant minds." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Little Boy: Whats the matter Sprggan? Can't take it?
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"The Spriggan Ice Cream Social Club" See more »

Connections

References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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Jing Ling
Performed by 'Saju'
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just wasn't for me.
29 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

This movie had so muh going for it. Great production value, the animation was excellent, and the action, while more-than-a-little over the top, was extremely fluid. But what happened? I just don't know. I think a developed backstory would have helped. Without that, the protagonist guy is little more than a fungible super-powered action star. It's true, it felt way too much like Akira. I've seen countless anime feature films, but for some reason I felt my perspective was too Western to appreciate the way the director tells the story. It's a tough call. Bottom line, I would have preferred rented it than buying it. It's not a "bad" film, and yes it's worth seeing just for it's stylised action-sequences and art, but this isn't the kind of movie you can watch over and again like other anime.


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