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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 »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Japanese cinema at its best! See more (101 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Takashi Yamazaki 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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 
 
Costume Design by
Tony Crosbie 
 
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
Runtime:
116 min
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Trivia:
The name of the aliens in this film, the "Daggra", is the Tibetan word for "Enemy".See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Miyamoto:El dente won't be the same without youSee more »
Movie Connections:
References Poltergeist (1982)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dig InSee more »

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29 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Japanese cinema at its best!, 27 August 2005
Author: el_totob from Qc Canada

I was told by everyone that this movie was awful. Even the critics said it was bad. Then I wanted to check it out by myself! MAN, has everyone lost their mind? This is probably one of the best sci-fi flick I've ever seen! Never saw something that refreshing since Fifth Element.

Of course a lot of people are going to say it is a Matrix rip-off, that the script looks like Terminator or Independence Day, blah blah... Then I'm sure these people didn't watch the same movie I did! Cuz it has nothing to do with these films, AT ALL! It may be futuristic, but it has its own universe, its own way to introduce it to you. Plus, you stay close to the characters, to the very end. Even though the plot is big and takes place on a higher level, you always stay close to the characters life, emotions, motivations and goals. That's what I liked about this movie. It may be sci-fi, but the characters are not so far from any drama movies.

I heard someone saying that the Japanese love to copy American movies. BLASPHEMY! If you look carefully, it's the total opposite. Weren't the Americans the ones who did a remake of Godzilla? Weren't the Americans the ones who did free adaptations of Ringu and Ju-On? Aren't the Americans planning to do a live-action movie of The Transformers? Besides, Matrix IS a Japanese animation *rip-off*. It deliberately got his inspiration from anime such as Ghost in the Shell or X. And if you want good example of innovative Japanese movies, I recommend to you Akira Kurosawa's, even though it has nothing to do with sci-fi.

Anyways, Returner is a must see to all sci-fi fans and to all Japanese movies and animation lovers. I can guarantee you a good time if you watch it *open-minded* and if you put aside the *rip-off* crap we've been so fed about.

9 out of 10

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