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Sky High (2003)

R  |   |  Fantasy, Mystery, Action  |  5 December 2003 (Japan)
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A detective hunts a killer who is removing girls hearts. When his own fiancée falls victim to the killer, the detective discovers the otherworldly intentions of the killer and is helped from beyond the grave by his fiancée.

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Credited cast:
Yumiko Shaku ...
Mina Saeki / Izuko (new Izuko)
Takao Ohsawa ...
Tatsuya Kudo
Shôsuke Tanihara ...
Kohei Kanzaki
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yuka Itaya
Takehiro Katayama ...
Shrine Guard 1
Yumi Kikuchi ...
Shuho Kamiina
Kazuhito Ohba ...
Shrine Guard 2
Aya Okamoto
Masato Sakai
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Izuko
Hiromasa Taguchi ...
Kazuo Kishi
Naho Toda ...
Kyoko Aoyama
Maiko Yamada ...
Maya Ito
Terumi Yoshida
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A homicide detective hunts a killer who is literally taking girls hearts. When his own fiancée falls victim to the killer, the detective discovers the otherworldly intentions of the killer and is helped from beyond the grave by his fiancée. Written by Daniel Jos. Leary

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Izuko: Welcome to the Gate of Rage. I am Izuko, Guardian of the Gate. You have died. You exist only as a spirit. To the Gate of Rage come those dead of misadventure, or murder. Here you may choose one way to proceed, out of three.
Mina: Three ways?
Izuko: One: Aceept death, ascend to Paradise, and prepare for rebirth. Two: As a ghost, forever haunt the realm of the living. And three: Curse one living person, and bring about their death. One who kills, however, falls into Hell... to suffer eternal torment.
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Great..... really great....
5 July 2004 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Let me get this out of the way now. I am a huge Ryuhei Kitamura fan. I think I have now seen all of his movies (Heat After Dark, Down To Hell, Versus, Azumi, Aragami, Alive...... and even Battlefield Baseball, which he sort of had a hand in), and though enjoyed them all, I found Sky High to be one of his best. This definitely sits in my top 3, with Versus and Azumi.

Anyone familiar with Kitamura's films will recognize his style immediately. Fantastic cinematography, digitally assisted effects, hyperkenetic fights, and story lines that at best can be described as complicated. He seems to weave a mythology into most of his work, and it all seems very new and interesting.

In any case, Sky High really got to me because the world he spins here has really defined rules, and they are played to the best of their limits. We know that the death of one character will cause a chain reaction in both the living and spirit world, and that was really intriguing.

The film has flaws, to be sure. It's a little long, and sometimes you can predict what's coming next, but it's still very good. This is the kind of movie that looks good enough to have a very wide theatrical release (except for the demon at the end, what was with that?) and do well once word of mouth got around.

Anyway, highly recommended viewing. Can't wait to see what Kitumura will do with Godzilla: Final Wars.


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