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20 February 2002 (France) See more »
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One of the best action movies of the 21st century See more (216 total) »


  (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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Reika Kirishima
Hideo Kojima ... Extra (uncredited)

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
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)
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 »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: In the English dubbed version, one of the characters explains that he grew up in Yellowstone Park in Canada. Yellowstone Park is in the United States and since it's a national park, no one could be from or have "grown up" there. This fits the character, though, who seems to lie about his abilities throughout the movie.See more »
[after putting his fist through someone's chest]
Undead Thug:Did that hurt?
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Referenced in Azumi (2003)See more »


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14 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
One of the best action movies of the 21st century, 25 May 2002
Author: Simon Booth from UK

The contribution that Japan has made to the world of screen violence can hardly be overstated, and in the 21st Century there seems to be a new renaissance of sheer bloodiness. Movies like BATTLE ROYALE, ICHI THE KILLER and VERSUS really set new standards for out and out shocking violence that I don't think any other country in the world has matched.

VERSUS is basically all about action. The premise is a crazy one that involves kung-fu samurais re-incarnated as yakuza who then get turned into zombies and vampires. It's actually a very interesting and quite complex story in its own right, but basically it's an excuse to get a bunch of people in a forest and stage a fairly continuous sequence of hand to hand fights, sword fights and gun fights - with a supernatural angle to justify some HK style OTT acrobatics and an undead angle to justify people getting seriously messed up and still fighting on. Genius. Sick as all hell, but genius!

These days, good action movies from Hong Kong are becoming increasingly rare. For years HK stood unchallenged and exported its unique cinematic arts throughout Asia. Since the talent or the investment or the will or whatever seems to have fled the HK industry in recent years, it seems like other Asian countries are stepping up to the challenge of filling the gap. Korea has produced movies like MUSA and MY WIFE IS A GANGSTER, Thailand has produced BANGKOK DANGEROUS and TAK 4, INDIA has produced AANKHEN and MISSION KASHMIR. Hollywood and Europe have had a go too, but with so little success overall it's hardly worth mentioning.

VERSUS is clearly made by a small independant team who recognised that Hong Kong isn't going to produce the next jaw-dropping action movie any time soon, and who believed they had what it took to do it instead. It takes a lot of confidence and dedication to produce results like these on a clearly low budget, and Napalm Films must have had a lot of both. VERSUS attempts practically every type of action scene that Hong Kong has been famous for (and Japan traditionally has not), and pulls most of them off very well.

There'd been such a lot of hype around VERSUS on the net for ages that I'd found myself instinctively hating it before I knew anything about it, but when I saw the trailer I was converted to enthusiasm. Seeing the wild disparity between the cool SHIRAYUKI HIME trailer and the dreadful full length movie gave me some trepidation about VERSUS, which is probably a good thing since at least I wasn't expecting something flawless. VERSUS is not flawless, but it's much much better than SHIRAYUKI HIME.

The action scenes are not better than Hong Kong's best - they're not even nearly as good as some of the scenes in movies like MAGNIFICENT WARRIORS in fact, but they're imaginatively and enthusiastically staged and filmed. And violent! Oh so very very violent! The special effects are some of the most convincingly brutal I've seen. ICHI THE KILLER may have had more outrageous effects, but was never in danger of having convincing effects. BATTLE ROYALE may have had more realistic violence, but nothing like the sheer magnitude of the bodily damage people take in VERSUS! People get cut in half, lose limbs, have gaping holes blown through them... well, you know how much it takes to stop a zombie moving . It's all played fairly non-seriously, but not to the cartoonish extent of ICHI. It looks pretty damn real.

Definitely not one for the squeamish, really not a family movie. But for the sick puppies out there who maintain an innocent curiosity as to just how violent a movie can be (like myself, I admit), VERSUS is definitely a must-see!

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