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Returner (2002)
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A young woman from the future forces a local gunman to help her stop an impending alien invasion which will wipe out the human race.

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Anne Suzuki ...
Kirin Kiki ...
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Gorô Kishitani ...
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Mitsu Murata ...
Kisuke Iida ...
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Kazuya Shimizu ...
Murakami, Mizoguchi's Henchman
Chiharu Kawai ...
Dean Harrington ...
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Xiaoqun Zhao ...
Masaya Takahashi ...
Liu Laoban, Chinese Godfather
Kenji Motomiya ...
Hoshi Ishida
Misako Nagashima
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After an alien invasion threatens to annihilate the human race, a young Japanese girl, named Milly (Anne Suzuki), travels back in time from 2084 to October 2002, and enlists the reluctant aid of skilled Tokyo gunman, named Miyamoto (Takeshi Kaneshiro), to discover and prevent the start of the war. However, trouble ensues when the two protagonists are forced to deal with a Japanese mafia boss, named Mizoguchi (Goro Kishitani), who is somehow involved in the start of the war by keeping the first alien spaceship and its alien pilot captive, while our two heroes race against the clock to find a way to stop the oncoming destruction from the vengeance-seeking alien invasion fleet on its way to Earth. Written by Exile-Inc

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$29,214 (USA) (17 October 2003)

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$69,886 (USA) (31 October 2003)
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The small submachine guns used in the future scenes are FN P90s. See more »

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During the highway chase when the car is blown into the air and falls back down, the cable that was used by the crane to lift the car up into the air so they could drop it again is visible as the vehicle crashes to the ground. See more »

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Miyamoto: El dente won't be the same without you
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The Returner is one of the best Sci-Fi flicks i've ever seen
14 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The day was set to end, I had two videos in my hands I had just rented an hour before, one of them was "Lost in Translation" and the other one was "The Returner".

To make a long story short, my attitude turned pretty sour after viewing the more anticipated "Lost in Translation" and turned on "The Returner" thinking it would be pretty cheesy....turns out, I was completely wrong.

The Returner, even though it obviously borrows a lot of ideas from other films, is incredibly entertaining. The main characters Miyamoto and Milly were incredibly engaging, the bad guy (with his "Vash the Stampede" look and gun) was pretty cool, the storyline (filled with some comedy, drama, action, and a science fiction twist of course) was not that bad (some parts were a lot more enjoyable than others), the execution of the directing was what caught my attention, and the overall impression I got from it was completely passable and whole-fully entertaining.

Even the ending and the soundtrack was superb. It made me drop my jaw in awe during the credits, it really had that much of an impact with me throughout the entire thing. I long for the special double disk edition (if it exists that is, not entirely sure yet).

For those who love action/SCI-FI flicks, this is a definite must. And this is also recommended for those who love Japanese Cinematography in general.


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