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Director:
Writer:
Kazunori Itô (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 January 2001 (Japan) See more »
Tagline:
Dare to enter a world of future videogames
Plot:
In a future world, young people are increasingly becoming addicted to an illegal (and potentially deadly) battle simulation game called Avalon... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Beautifully filmed and captivating, See more (143 total) »

Cast

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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
Shuji Inoue .... sound designer
Tom Myers .... sound designer
Tom Myers .... sound re-recording mixer
Randy Thom .... sound designer
Randy Thom .... sound re-recording mixer
Kazuhiro Wakabayashi .... sound director
Stuart McCowan .... assistant sound designer (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
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gate to Avalon" - Hong Kong (English title) (video box title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some violence
Runtime:
107 min
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Color | Black and White (Sepiatone)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Director Trademark: [Mamoru Oshii] [Bassett Hound]See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The screen showing Ash's points after the first battle lists as a Gotten Item an SVD 7.65x56R. The SVD Dragonov is a Russian sniper rifle which uses 7.62x54R ammunition.See more »
Quotes:
Murphy:Why did you come? Because of me?
Ash:Isn't that a good reason?
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Avalon VFX Making (2003) (V)See more »

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What happened to the dog ?
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43 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Beautifully filmed and captivating,, 6 June 2005
Author: mstomaso from Vulcan

This is a stunningly visual film which takes many of the best elements of the minor sub-genre of 1980s and 1990s sci-fi involving virtual reality, and blends them into an interesting story exploring social withdrawal, addiction, the nature of reality, and the value of life. The film does have a bit of new wave pretentiousness to it - using cliché hacker-names for the players of Avalon, etc, but no more so than many of its competitors (and a bit less than The Matrix). If this sort of thing doesn't appeal to you - and especially if you're the type who wants a film to simply entertain and tell you a simple story, don't bother to read any further.

The film uses a story-telling technique common in good literature but unfortunately under-used in film - that of intentional ambiguity. The best example of this is the main character - well played by Malgorzata Foremniak. You simply don't know what to make of "Ash". Though I found it easy to relate to this character, and I think I understand her, I am not sure most viewers will. In my opinion, Ash is best interpreted as a person with an iron-clad grip on reality, who nevertheless maintains a distance from the people around her, and prefers to keep her relationships "in-game". This is not at all an uncommon personality type, especially among women and mature males in the real worlds of virtual reality and on-line gaming.

The film focuses on Ash's ambitions to become the best player of Avalon - an ultra-real and sometimes deadly virtual reality game - in the world. Avalon is illegal and run on LANs which are set up in what looks like futuristic crack houses. To become recognized as the best, Ash has to complete a level which tends to put anybody who enters it into a catatonic state. She comes to believe that an old team mate of hers - Murphy - inhabits that zone, and wants to rescue him. But of course the designers of the game have other plans, and maybe Murphy himself does as well. Foremniak does a great job of playing this ambiguous yet sympathetic character. Ash, the carefully developed script, the excellent soundtrack, and the superb and beautiful visual effects, all keep you guessing until the very end. I never knew what to expect from this film, and I was very pleased by the way it developed its own concepts of logic and justice - remaining centered on Ash throughout.

Avalon was interesting enough for a second and perhaps a third viewing. I will update my review (if needed) after my next round with it. For now, I will only give it a very high recommendation to anybody who has read this far. After all, if you've read this far in the review, you're probably interested enough in the film to see it.

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