Shenmue (1999)

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Ryo, a respected Japanese student sees his father killed in front of his own eyes. He sets out to find the man in charge of his fathers death and the mystery of who and why?



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiroshi Fujioka ...
Iwao Hazuki (voice)
Massaya Matsuzake Ono ...
Ryo Hazuki (voice)
Corey Marshall ...
Ryo Hazuki (voice)
Robert Jefferson ...
Iwao Hazuki (voice)
Ruth Hollyman ...
Paul Lucas ...
Lan Di / Chai (voice)
Terry Osada ...
Ine Hayata / Megumi Mishima (voice)
Masaya Fukuhara / Gui Zhang Chen (voice)
Dennis Falt ...
Chen Yao Wen / Keizo Oishi (voice)
Ryan Drees ...
Tom Johnson (voice)
Jerry Ledbetter ...
Mark Kimberly (voice)
Alex Hayns ...
Smith Bradley (voice)
Eric Jacobsen ...
Charlie (voice) (as Eric Jacobson)
Rob Croker ...
Terry (voice)
Ann Slater ...
Xia Xiu Yu (voice)


Ryo, a respected Japanese student sees his father killed in front of his own eyes. He sets out to find the man in charge of his fathers death and the mystery of who and why?

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Release Date:

6 November 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Shenmue  »

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$70,000,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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The game was originally set to be released for the Sega Saturn. But due to the huge failure of the Saturn in the USA and Europe, and the fact that the Dreamcast was coming to Japan in 1998, the Saturn version was canceled. Sega even released a 3-minute clip of the game being programmed on the Saturn's hardware. Reference from Shenmue II are present here as well, which shows that both the Shenmue games were in development for a long time. The clip can be unlocked after you beat Shenmue II. See more »


Ryo Hazuki: All right, I'll do it. But under one more condition. You take me to Lan-Di!
Satoshi Nagata: Ha ha ha! This kid's got a death wish!
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References Virtua Fighter Remix (1993) See more »

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8 August 2003 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This is my favourite game (Along with the second one) of all time. The story drags you in and you feel for the characters, the music is beautiful and the graphics at the time were the best, this was the most expensive game ever made and the quality speaks for it's self. I love this game so much, like the tagline say's not a game but an experience (something like that.) And for me that was true.

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