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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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Cast

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)
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 ...
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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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Release Date:

5 September 1998 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Spriggan  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

When ADV Films submitted the film to the MPAA, they were worried it would come back with a PG-13 rating. So if that did happen, they had a few extra changes of dialog with extra some stronger profanity in the script need be it. 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

Yu Ominae: No! Don't do it Tanaka!
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Crazy Credits

"The Spriggan Ice Cream Social Club" See more »

Connections

Version of Spriggan: Lunar Verse (1999) See more »

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Jing Ling
Performed by 'Saju'
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User Reviews

 
Liked it fine.
19 February 2001 | by (The island of Usa) – See all my reviews

Directed in a style similar to western action/adventure films (esp Indiana Jones) the art leaps off the screen. The backgrounds are particularly well done, and the animation is smooth. Though I did notice some scenes that were almost experimental in there use of techniques. Particularly shading in some scenes and the methods they use to do motion blur. It looks great, but it's often only employed once and so is somewhat inconsistent. The story which has been summed elsewhere is very easy to follow and stays within action movie lines quite nicely, though for this reason it's easy to find it lacking any kind of stimulation. Otomo's hand can be seen in the way certain scene play out, and the style of animation, though not the individually drawn cel. The music is good, but traditional action fare. The voice acting is on, except for that child col. when he laughs, it sounds so forced, even the non-Japanese speaking will pick up on it. So if you like action oriented animation, or are drooling for another Indiana Jones movie (plus anime staples like cyborgs, psychic powers, and armored muscle suits) Spriggan is one the best films to come out that fits that bill perfectly. Look for a Region 1 dvd and VHS later this year (2001). They're even speaking of a theatrical release. In the meantime, unless you speak Japanese look for a fan sub.


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