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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 ...
Mr. Smith (voice)
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Ryuji Aigase ...
Markham Anderson ...
ARCAM Explorer, Additional Voices (voice) (as C. Markham Anderson)
Ross Bautsch ...
COSMOS Yu (voice)
Bob Biggerstaff ...
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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)  »

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Spriggan  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$7,420 (USA) (12 October 2001)
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Fatman and Little Boy are the names of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. See more »

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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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Little Boy: Whats the matter Sprggan? Can't take it?
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For all the people left scratching their heads after Akira
9 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

Spriggan is a full-steam-ahead, kick-ass-and-take-names, gun-crazy anime action fest like nothing else I've ever seen. If you like your films slow and philosophical, then look elsewhere. The director of Spriggan wanted to create an anime movie in the vein of big budget Hollywood blockbusters and he succeeded in spades. The camerawork, pacing, script, everything - they would be equally at home in the latest James Cameron action extravaganza. Actually, scratch that. Free from the physical constraints of live action (like gravity), Spriggan's action scenes ratchet it up a notch beyond any live action movie around. The animation is brilliant, on the same level as Ghost in the Shell (though Ghost is still a tad nicer).

While others may consider this the worst aspect of it, what I love most about Spriggan is that it is FINALLY a big-budget Japanese animated film that is NOT slow and ponderous and full of deep ruminations on the human condition. Not that there's anything wrong with the likes of Akira, Ghost in the Shell, or Perfect Blue, but in most big-budget anime you only see brief glimpses of the stupendous action of which Japanese animators are capable. With Spriggan, you finally get to see more than just a glimpse.

Bottomline: Pure, adrenaline-pumping eye candy. Worth seeking out.


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