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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:
Strengths & weaknesses of a pretty good film 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)
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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:[referring to Class Real] Ash, don't let appearance confuse you. This is the world where you belong.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Assault Girls (2009)See more »

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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Strengths & weaknesses of a pretty good film, 20 November 2005
Author: Hinosan417 from United States

There is a lot to recommend this movie, including a richly-stylized world, exciting action, and excellent music. I will admit that I was first interested in this movie because I knew of the director Mamoru Oshii from the anime "Ghost in the Shell", so I wasn't surprised to find that the movie felt much like a very stylized high-quality anime movie. Indeed, I wasn't surprised that the Japanese director revealed (in an interview included with the DVD I watched) that his relationship with the Polish actress playing the main character Ash was much like his relationship with a character from one of his anime projects, since he could no more communicate personally with Malgorzata Foremniak than he could with one of his anime characters. To him, the actress was entirely her character, and it's intriguing to see what became of that very unusual relationship on film.

I'm always wary of getting carried away with a first reaction to a film, so I should admit that this film isn't perfect. I found myself wanting to know more about the background of the main character, and her family, and how she came to become the person we see in the film; certainly, Malgorzata Foremniak does a very good job of playing a character whose fantasy life (the life of her online RPG character) is more real than her 'real' life, but the lack of background detail makes her character Ash very much like a two-dimensional anime character, and that can be considered a weakness. Also, this movie bears an obvious similarity to "The Matrix" (which predated it), so most viewers will inevitably compare this movie to "The Matrix" and find it perhaps wanting in that it doesn't lay out the background of the virtual world of the Avalon RPG as clearly as "The Matrix" lays out the background of its world.

These factors notwithstanding, I still enjoyed "Avalon" and I recommend it to anyone with more than a passing interest in virtual reality stories, anime, or highly-stylized science fiction in general. In the aforementioned interview, the director mentions that his films tend to deal with a borderline between fantasy and reality, and it's quite apparent that Ash's 'real world' is somehow both grittier, and less real, than the world of the Avalon RPG which she's so obsessed with. The action sequences in the film (featuring real-world equipment from the Polish army, such as tanks and attack helicopters) are exciting in their own right, but the special effects of the film (such as explosions reduced to 2-D images and bystanders who disintegrate when shot) make it clear what is supposedly real and what is supposedly virtual. Also, the contrast between fantasy and reality is much more vivid here than in the Matrix movies - and that's especially apparent toward the end of the movie where the viewer is left to wonder just what (if anything) is ultimately real, and what is simply imagined. Also, I must say that the music of this film is extraordinary, including choral music that is downright eerie, but also beautiful at the same time. A world both real and unreal is conjured very effectively in this movie, and therefore I would recommend it to any fans of this sub-genre of science fiction in particular, and fans of highly-stylized film-making in general.

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