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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 ...
Xie
Gorô Kishitani ...
Yukiko Okamoto ...
Mitsu Murata ...
Kisuke Iida ...
Karasawa, Mizoguchi's Henchman
Kazuya Shimizu ...
Murakami, Mizoguchi's Henchman
Chiharu Kawai ...
Dean Harrington ...
Dr. Brown
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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Not bad, though no points for originality!
25 October 2003 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

If you watch enough Japanese sci-fi films (live-action or animated), you'll see that their makers *love* to get their ideas from American films. This one is no exception; among other films, you'll see elements of THE TERMINATOR, INDEPENDENCE DAY, and E.T. There's even evidence that the filmmakers saw the Jack Scalia/Dennis Christopher direct-to-video flick THE SILENCERS! As derivative as the movie may be, it's still pretty entertaining. Sure, the story has a few murky plot points, but none that terribly confuse you about what is going on. And while it's directed in that stiff and somewhat sterile style often found in Japanese films, that feeling is much less intense than usual. The movie rolls along at an acceptable clip, there are some neat action scenes, and the special effects are often pretty good for what must have been a limited budget. Not a movie to actively seek out, but it's a good one to pick up when your neighborhood Asian DVD rental place is offering 3 rentals for $10. Ten lashes with a whip for the Universe Laser & Video Co., however, for one of the crummiest DVD transfers to date!


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