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Director:
Writers:
Minetaro Mochizuki (comic)
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Release Date:
30 August 2003 (Japan) See more »
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Plot:
A teenage boy wakes up and finds himself on a train. He vaguely remembers being on a class trip when something terrible happened, and he is one of the few survivors. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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I found it better than "The day after tomorrow" See more (17 total) »

Cast

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Satoshi Tsumabuki ... Teru Aoki
Sayaka Kanda ... Ako Seto (as Sayaka)

Takayuki Yamada ... Nobuo Takahashi
Naohito Fujiki ... Nimura
Yoshimasa Kondô ... Iwata
Kyûsaku Shimada ... Minila
Minori Terada ... Andou
Jinpachi Nezu ... Matsuo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Camille LaBry West ... Ako Seto (voice) (as Camille A. LaBry)
Shion Machida
Yutaka Matsushige
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Directed by
Jôji Iida 
 
Writing credits
Minetaro Mochizuki (comic)

Masa Nakamura (screenplay) &
Hiroshi Saitô (screenplay) &
Jôji Iida (screenplay)

Produced by
Takashi Hirano .... executive producer
Daisuke Oh'oka .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Jun'ichirô Hayashi (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Masahiro Ônaga 
 
Sound Department
Makio Ika .... sound recordist
Akikazu Inuzuka .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Peter 'Duck' McDonald .... sound mixer
Christian Alexander Moran .... sound editor (english version)
Katsumi Muro .... sound re-recording mixer
Kenji Shibasaki .... sound effects
Yuji Tagami .... assistant sound re-recording mixer (as Yûji Tagami)
 
Visual Effects by
Masaru Tateishi .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Hiroyuki Yoshida .... stunt coordinator
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Doragon heddo" - Japan (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some violence and disturbing images
Runtime:
122 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Japan:G | South Korea:15 (cable rating) | USA:R

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7 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
I found it better than "The day after tomorrow", 5 August 2004
Author: Jack Denton from United States

Having watched a huge panorama of movies already, i was pleased to see Dragonhead. It is an Easter-Asian movie, and i decided to watch quite a few others after this one.

The special effects are just good, sometimes really good. It is a good approach to such a movie too, because you start to think it's a nuclear disaster at the beginning, and then you find out it's actually something a bit worse than that, when the crust of the earth moves, the Earth's balance shifts. That's true, but especially when the magnetic field gets messed up, our apocalypse will come, or rather will rain down on us without holding back the tears of destruction.

When you have a volcano popping up not far from you, and throwing up huge magma bricks at you, that is not nice, i wasn't surprised the humans, well at least the Japanese lost the will to fight for life. But then again, some people have to believe in the future, because there is always a future, no matter how grim things look like.

I put 10/10 for Dragonhead, because of its realism, Apocalypse is not about happiness, it is boring, and everyone just needs to find the will to fight on, against all odds. If you like something a bit different than big blockbusters, then this movie is so for you, because in Asia they approach everything from an objective point of view, that is what makes their quality.

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