Shenmue (1999)

Video Game  -  Drama | Adventure | Action  -  6 November 2000 (USA)
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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 ...
Nozomi Harasaki / Kayoko Ito (voice) (as Ruth Hollyhan)
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 Jacobson ...
Charlie (voice)
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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6 November 2000 (USA)  »

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$70,000,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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This Dreamcast video game cost over $20 million to develop and is the most expensive Video Game ever developed. The project took seven years to complete by Sega's game-development AM2 division. For this feat, it has a place in the Guiness Book of World Records. See more »


Ryo Hazuki: [to the kitten] You and I have a lot in common, our parents died on the same day.
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The next way of telling a story
19 August 2002 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

This is not only one of the best videogames around in technical terms (graphics, sound, gameplay), but it also pioneers in a way of telling an story. It has a cinematic presentation, many dramatical and emotional scenes, but the viewer lives the story rather than watching it. It's the viewer/player the one who explores the environments, the one who makes the events happen, the one who knows the characters and in some degree influences the relationships with them.

The story itself is a little plain, and in fact this game is more like a prologue to the whole story that develops in further chapters, but even in this case the global immersion you can feel is extraordinary. I strongly believe this model of videogame hides a great potential, and should be developed in time.

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