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Release Date:
20 February 2002 (France) See more »
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Witness a battle no one has ever seen See more »
Plot:
There are 666 portals that connect this world to the other side. These are concealed from all human beings. Somewhere in Japan exists the 444th portal.... The forest of resurrection. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Extremely entertaining post-modern pastiche See more (215 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Tak Sakaguchi ... Prisoner KSC2-303
Hideo Sakaki ... The Man
Chieko Misaka ... The Girl
Kenji Matsuda ... Yakuza Leader with butterfly knife
Yuichiro Arai ... Motorcycle-riding yakuza with revolver
Minoru Matsumoto ... Crazy yakuza with amulet
Kazuhito Ohba ... Yakuza with glasses
Takehiro Katayama ... Red-haired assassin
Ayumi Yoshihara ... Long-haired female assassin
Shôichirô Masumoto ... One-handed cop
Toshiro Kamiaka ... Samurai warrior
Yukihito Tanikado ... Cop with Barrett
Hoshimi Asai ... Short-haired female assassin
Ryosuke Watabe ... Yakuza zombie in alligator-skin coat
Motonari Komiya ... Other prisoner
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Reika Kirishima
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Directed by
Ryûhei Kitamura 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ryûhei Kitamura 
Yudai Yamaguchi 

Produced by
Hideo Nishimura .... executive producer
Nobuyuki Takahashi .... supervising producer
 
Original Music by
Nobuhiko Morino 
 
Cinematography by
Takumi Furuya 
 
Film Editing by
Shûichi Kakesu 
 
Makeup Department
Susumu Nakatani .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Christian Alexander Moran .... post-production manager (english version)
 
Sound Department
Matt Hovland .... assistant sound engineer
Kenji Shibasaki .... sound
 
Stunts
Hiroyuki Yoshida .... utility stunts
 
Other crew
David Beinlich .... video encoding
Christian Alexander Moran .... post-production project manager
Yûji Shimomura .... action director
 

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Rated R for strong pervasive violence and gore, and language (cut)
Runtime:
119 min | Australia:115 min | South Korea:102 min
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In the scene where Tak Sakaguchi's character holds a pistol in his mouth, the director originally called for him to rack the slide with his teeth. He tried this, and broke a tooth. One of the zombies was played by a dentist, and fixed it for him.See more »
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Crew or equipment visible: The first time the main character encounters zombies in hand to hand combat, a rope harness can be seen pulling the zombie back towards the tree.See more »
Quotes:
Girl:You can't just hurt people for no reason!
Prisoner KSC2-303:A lot of people are better off dead.
Girl:That's not for you to judge!
Prisoner KSC2-303:What're you, a preacher?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Alive (2002)See more »

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30 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Extremely entertaining post-modern pastiche, 15 May 2006
Author: Potty-Man from Israel

From the get-go, you'll know that this is a film that relies almost solely on its style and its visual slickness. Low budget in the good sense, Versus resembles early Sam Raimi or Peter Jackson works (Bad Taste springs primarily to mind). It combines good-humored gore with Luc Besson-ish wide lens shots and quirkiness (the characters here reminded me of The Boondock Saints in their flamboyance), along with some very creative martial arts sequences. At some point, in fact, it gets so over-the-top it starts to play out more like a Stephen Chow movie. It then jumps from Night of the Living Dead to Mortal Kombat to Highlander, making a stop or two at X-Men along the way. This eastern/western mix works surprisingly well and the result is highly entertaining, if you enjoy this kind of thing. Just don't go looking for any depth, causality, plot logic, or plot altogether, really. The few dialogue scenes are a mess (excluding the one that takes place when everything turns an orange shade, about an hour into the film), and often serve only as a backdrop for canted steadicam close-ups and multi-character Mexican standoffs. This is not high brow cinema, it's high octane. And it was perfectly fine by me. It is when the film discards some of its humor that it begins to lose its charm, but even then, the spectacularly choreographed martial arts kept me entertained. I would be interested in seeing "The Ultimate Versus" – a director's cut that's ten minutes longer and has CGI special effects, according to IMDb.

P.S. There are few things I hate more than a dubbed movie, but in this case (like in Shaolin Soccer), I found that at certain scenes (particularly ones involving "the runt" – the wacky short guy), the English dubbing actually adds to the absurdity of the film. Anyway, the DVD offers both the American and the original Japanese dialogue tracks.

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