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  (in credits order)
Hyde ... Kei

Gackt ... Sho

Leehom Wang ... Son
Tarô Yamamoto ... Toshi
Susumu Terajima ... Shinji
Zeny Kwok ... Yi-Che
Seiji Chihara
Chihara Junia ... Wani (as Kôji Chihara)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kanata Hongô ... Young Sho

Ryo Ishibashi
You Kurosaki ... Jun
Anne Suzuki ... Hana

James H. Thomas ... Rick
Etsushi Toyokawa ... Luka
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Directed by
Takahisa Zeze 
Writing credits
Gackt (written by) &
Takahisa Zeze (written by)

Kishû Izuchi  writer

Produced by
Takashi Hirano .... producer
Xibiao Xu .... line producer
Original Music by
Gorô Yasukawa 
Cinematography by
Takahide Shibanushi 
Production Management
Katsuhiro Ogawa .... production manager
Sound Department
Makio Ika .... sound
Yûji Shimomura .... stunt coordinator
Music Department
Gackt .... composer: end song "Oranji no Taiyou" (as Gackt Camui)
Jerry Jeff Walker .... composer: theme song "Mr. Bojangle"

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Sho:[to Kei in prison] You don't look too bad. It's been nine years, I counted on the way here. How do I look?... Look.
Sho:[takes out picture of his daughter] It's my kid, she's called Hana. She's six. Kei, I married Yi-Che. She wasn't sure at first. I reckon it's because... she really liked you. Then you left us... I kept asking, wouldn't give up. I tired myself out. She wasn't happy at first, but now things are good. Look, Kei.
Sho:[holds up picture of Hana to Kei] Please, look. It's our kid. I know all Dad's are proud but... I always hoped you'd get to see her. You, above all.
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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Surprising and Engaging, 28 September 2003
Author: sallyfifth from the great north

The two stars of the movie Moon Child Gackt (ex Malice Mizer, solo artist) and Hyde (L'arc en Ciel, solo artist) are both rock idols in Japan, so it goes without saying that my expectations were fairly low for this film heading in.

The plot is quite a piece of work. On one level it's a typical gangster picture about orphans growing up in the slums and trying to carve out a piece of the pie for themselves. And on another level it's about the transience of life and the value of happiness, which is shown to us through the presence of the vampire Kei (Hyde), who is forever trapped in his youth. Yes, there's a vampire. But the story isn't actually about the vampire, it's about Sho (Gackt).

The movie opens with Sho, his brother Shinji and Toshi as children innocently robbing a local gangster. In the midst of the retreat Sho comes upon Kei, who is burning in the sunlight, Sho takes Kei to their hideout and before you know it Kei's true nature is revealed. Flash forward a few years and we see a young Sho on the verge of manhood, and Kei, still unchanged but smiling a lot more.

The movie has the traditional three acts of a gangster picture. Predictably the first act has a happy go lucky quality to it, but all the while the director shows you glimpses of the dark clouds looming beyond. Act two is the fake smile on the frown, and Act three is the tears and redemption. As far as pacing and writing goes, I think the movie does a top notch job of trusting its character's motivations and histories. I was genuinely moved by the story.

The problem isn't with the script, the problem is with the action. The action scenes though some are creative and funny, are monotonous and unbelievable. For all the drama in the comedy/drama scenes there is very little in the action scenes. Which are so full of gun shots you're likely to get a headache. Sho walking into machine gun fire is so ridiculous it makes Rambo look plausible.

I also had a few qualms about the performances, especially Hyde's Kei. While he was good as the stranger standing aloof, or the morbid figure smiling dully, he failed to convince me of his 'curse', and he failed to step up when it came time to be dramatic. This was his inexperience as an actor showing.

Overall I think the story is such a good one that I'm willing to forgive most of the film's shortcomings. It may not be the prettiest film, but it definitely has some great shots, and great moments. You won't see another movie where the vampire is a secondary character this year or possibly any other. Moon Child is a unique experience and though it takes some getting used to, when all is said and done, you'll be glad you invested time and emotion in these characters.

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