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Returner (2002) More at IMDbPro »Ritânâ (original title)

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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31 August 2002 (Japan) See more »
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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 
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
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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Rated R for violence
116 min
Aspect Ratio:
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The disguised airship that resembles the Jumbo Jet near the end of the film is labeled "Buddyair 100 747"See more »
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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References Independence Day (1996)See more »
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4 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Pretty poor rip off of ideas from better films - I was disappointed, 9 February 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Miyamoto is a hired killer who is hunting down the criminal Mizoguchi in revenge for the murder of his childhood best friend. When he finds him on a boat he has him trapped until he accidentally shoots a young girl, Milly, and Mizoguchi escapes. Milly forces Miyamoto to help her on her mission - she claims to have been sent back in time to stop an alien invasion that, in 2084, succeeds in wiping out mankind. In October 2002, the first alien fakes a crash landing to open the way - Milly must kill the first alien before events can be set in motion.

I saw the trailer for this film at least a year ago but never heard about it coming out in the UK, so was surprised when I happened upon it in the video store tonight. I rented it with memories of good effects and a reasonable enough premise. The plot is basically about as unoriginal as you could get - a mix of terminator's time travelling antics with aliens thrown in to the mix; it is complicated by the inclusion of the criminal Mizoguchi but basically it stands up well enough. The biggest problem with the plot is that it fails to set up enough in the way of action or even consistent excitement.

For the most part, the film is far too heavy and talky. It has sporadic moments of action but generally it is far too slow and dull to be ever really consistently exciting. Some of it is OK but even the main action scenes are reliant on sub-Matrix bullet time effects and they too lack excitement. I will shout from the rooftops that most of Hollywood action today owes much to HK, but this Japanese product owes much to Hollywood's recent action movies. The effects are poor but do the job - they look OK in isolation, the problem is they don't fit in with their surroundings.

The cast are fairly average and none really stand out; they don't really have any screen presence although Suzuki (Milly) is quite fun in a relaxed way and Kaneshiro is kind of cool, but outside of these two the rest of the cast is pretty poor - Kishitani in particular is a bad villain and comes across as a clichéd Japanese triad type. It's a shame, because better characters would have made a difference, but they weren't given the chance to do so.

Overall this is an OK film if you are in the mood, but it is impossible to overlook it's weaknesses. The plot is a mix of better films, the action is sporadic and, again, feels like it has been done better elsewhere (and it has!) while the film as a whole is disappointingly dull and lacking in even inconsistent thrills! I didn't hate it, but I gotta be honest and say it didn't satisfy either the sci-fi fan or martial arts fan in me.

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