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Dare to enter a world of future videogames
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Malgorzata Foremniak ... Ash

Wladyslaw Kowalski ... Game Master

Jerzy Gudejko ... Murphy
Dariusz Biskupski ... Bishop
Bartlomiej Swiderski ... Stunner (as Bartek Swiderski)

Katarzyna Bargielowska ... Receptionist
Alicja Sapryk ... Gill
Michal Breitenwald ... Murphy of Nine Sisters
Zuzanna Kasz ... Ghost
Adam Szyszkowski ... Player A
Krzysztof Szczerbinski ... Player B (as Krszysztof Szczerbinski)
Marek Stawinski ... Player C
Jaroslaw Budnik ... Cooper (voice)
Andrzej Debski ... Cusinart (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elzbieta Towarnicka ... Soloist at Philharmonic

Zdzislaw Szymborski ... Man at Philharmonic (uncredited)

Directed by
Mamoru Oshii 
Writing credits
Kazunori Itô (screenplay)

Produced by
Takehiko Chino .... associate producer
Ryoichi Fukuyama .... associate producer
Kazumi Kawashiro .... co-producer
Tetsu Kayama .... executive producer
Shinji Komori .... associate producer
Atsushi Kubo .... producer
Takenari Maeda .... associate producer
Yasuki Miki .... associate producer
Katsuharu Nagata .... associate producer
Katsuhiro Ogawa .... assistant producer
Naoyuki Sakagami .... executive producer
Toru Shiobara .... executive producer
Nobuyuki Tohya .... associate producer
Shin Unozawa .... co-producer
Shigeru Watanabe .... executive producer
Original Music by
Kenji Kawai 
Cinematography by
Grzegorz Kedzierski 
Film Editing by
Hiroshi Okuda 
Production Design by
Barbara Nowak 
Takashi Watabe 
Costume Design by
Magdalena Biernawska-Teslawska  (as Magdalena Teslawska)
Production Management
Masato Araki .... production manager
Janusz B. Czech .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Makoto Kamiya .... special assistant director
Isao Kaneko .... first assistant director
Art Department
Hiroyuki Hayashi .... digital art director
Yoshihisa Kato .... imageboard designer
Tom Miller .... property master
Tanake Watabe .... art designer
Waldemar Weiss .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Christopher Barrick .... sound design assistant: Skywalker Sound
Yukio Hokari .... sound design: Tokyo T.V. Center
Shuji Inoue .... re-recording mixer: Tokyo T.V. Center
Tom Myers .... Re-recording Mixer: Skywalker Sound
Tom Myers .... sound designer: Skywalker Sound
Tôru Noguchi .... sound effects editor: Tokyo T.V. Center
Akihiko Okase .... sound design assistant: Tokyo T.V. Center
Randy Thom .... Re-recording Mixer: Skywalker Sound
Randy Thom .... sound designer: Skywalker Sound
Futoshi Ueda .... sound camera engineer: Tokyo T.V. Center
Kazuhiro Wakabayashi .... sound director
Stuart McCowan .... sound design assistant: Skywalker Sound (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Nobuaki Koga .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Piotr Obloza .... gaffer
Animation Department
Atsushi Takeuchi .... mechanical designer
Editorial Department
Reiko Saitoh .... assistant to editor
Music Department
Tomoyuki Asakawa .... musician
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Kenji Kawai .... music arranger
Kenji Kawai .... music producer
Kenji Kawai .... synthesizers/percussion
Shigeru Otake .... music coordinator
Jerzy Swoboda .... conductor
Elzbieta Towarnicka .... musician: soprano
Other crew
Seiichi Tanaka .... title designer: main titles
Kazue Yoneda .... production assistant
Akiko Yukawa .... production assistant
Glenn Kiser .... the producers wish to thank the following

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gate to Avalon" - Hong Kong (English title) (video box title)
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Rated R for some violence
107 min
Color | Black and White (Sepiatone)
Aspect Ratio:
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The Orchestra seen at the end of the movie is the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, who along with the Tokyo Pop Orchestra performed the score of the film.See more »
Continuity: When Ash starts searching for The Nine Sisters, she enters some keywords and the results show up on the monitor of her computer. However, the reflection on her glasses doesn't match what happens on her screen.See more »
Murphy:Have you ever been shot? Do you want to feel real pain in a real body?
Ash:Does it have to be this way?
Murphy:When one of us dies and that body doesn't vanish, the other one will know.
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76 out of 88 people found the following review useful.
Where Does The Heart Freeze Sooner? or: A Cybercar Named Desire, 14 January 2003
Author: Ulrich Fehlauer ( from Lemgo / Germany

There is an interesting parallel between The Matrix and Avalon. The first is heavily based on Manga/Animee style, in visual dynamics much more than in pace as well as storytelling, the latter IS an Animee movie without the animations - in fact, Avalon is a VERY typical Oshii film in every other aspect going.

It's slow. It has to be. It either bores you stiff or chains you to a subtle, incredibly intense way of visual storytelling - takes you back to a time when the attention span as well as the will required to catch a drift - to hold a thought and work on it - lived longer than a few seconds.

On the surface, this movie is what one could call a cyberpunk poem. For that alone it already claims a unique position amongst whatever one might want to compare it to at first glance. A chillingly dark and detailed as well as beautifully crafted ballad of a heroine seeking much more than sense between realities and illusions. She seeks the home we all desperately try to cling to in belief for lack of knowledge.

As always in Oshii's movies, one has to be prepared to be drawn into the unsettling realm between suffocating rules of conduct and complete uncertainty to get at the tiny grain of hope hovering so painfully close to the wheels that try to grind you.

The dialogue doesn't tell us much. In fact, the more wordy the explanations get, the more they deflect us from what we see and feel. That's pretty much what Ash has to cope with as well to find the way to HER reality as well as illusion.

To call the acting understated, slow and painfully introverted would be an understatement in itself. To call it bad for that would be the most idiotic conclusion. Malgorzata Foremniak (Ash) is a true discovery. The intensity and sheer impact she can give to 'silence' alone makes her the ideal Oshii actress. There is no empty move, no hollow gesture, no shallow expression in her entire performance. Quite an accomplishment if one keeps in mind that Ash leads a depressingly empty, hollow as well as shallow life on the surface.

It's an equally depressing fact that this incredible Polish actress will stay in obscurity as far as the billion dollar mainstream movie world is concerned.

The cinematography and lighting by Grzegorz Kedzierski is nothing short of exquisite. So is Barbara Novak's production design. Budget-wise, this is a B-Movie, but they all turned that restriction into a virtue.

One last praise has to go to the composer as well as the musicians. The title track 'Avalon' alone, a grand piece for orchestra, choir and soprano, is nothing short of a masterpiece.

As I said, this movie is a poem. Take a quiet place, wind down from the hassle of your day and let yourself sink into illusions which might even show the occasional glint of YOUR reality.

* 10 out of 10


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