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Returner -- 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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Release Date:
31 August 2002 (Japan) See more »
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Who cares about the future? See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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One of the better recent Japanese live-action movies See more (100 total) »

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Directed by
Takashi Yamazaki 
 
Writing credits
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Kenya Hirata 
Takashi Yamazaki 

Produced by
Chikahiro Ando .... producer
Toru Horibe .... producer
Masaki Koide .... associate producer
Akifumi Takuma .... producer
 
Original Music by
Akihiko Matsumoto 
 
Cinematography by
Akira Sako 
Kôzô Shibasaki 
 
Film Editing by
Takuya Taguchi 
 
Production Design by
Anri Johjo 
 
Production Management
Koichi Murakami .... post-production manager
 
Sound Department
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Keiichi Momose .... sound designer
Yasushi Tanaka .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Kikuo Nôtomi .... armourer
Kikuo Nôtomi .... pyrotechnician
 
Visual Effects by
Semin Tho .... CG artist
Takashi Yamazaki .... visual effects
 
Stunts
Misako Nagashima .... stunts
Yûji Shimomura .... stunts
Hiroyuki Yoshida .... utility stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nariyuki Ueda .... lighting technician
 
Other crew
Eric Robinson .... weapons consultant
 

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Also Known As:
"Ritânâ" - Japan (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence
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116 min
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The handgun Milly uses through out the movie is a Walther P99.See more »
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Revealing mistakes: 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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Xie:Humans are good at lying. Especially guilty ones.See more »
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26 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
One of the better recent Japanese live-action movies, 15 February 2004
Author: Traal-2 from Mesa, AZ

Having read a few online reviews of this movie, and having seen some of the more recent movies out of Japan including Batoru rowaiaru (2000), my expectatations were low. (Battle Royale is for the most part a good movie, but enjoyment of the movie is ultimately crippled by a truly lousy ending.) For some reason, recent Japanese live-action movies tend to be really bad, while anime is often very good.

This movie was a pleasant surprise. It didn't rip off other movies nearly as much as I was led to believe. True, some of the special effects resembled those in The Matrix, but they helped advance this movie instead of being a way to try to make the movie seem more "cool."

The character of Mizoguchi, played by Goro Kishitani, resembled Gary Oldman's parts in a number of films including Fifth Element, The (1997) and Léon (1994). The acting by Takeshi Kaneshiro as Miyamoto was good, but the standout of the movie was the cute-as-a-button Ann Suzuki as the serious, fun, energetic, and rebellious Miri.

The CG of aliens disguised as terran aircraft transforming into their true forms was impressive, resembling the work done in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) and Independence Day (1996). This is a movie not to be missed by CG buffs.

With the recent shortage of good live-action movies coming out of Japan, The Returner is one of the best to come out within the last few years.

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