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Appleseed (2004)
"Appurushîdo" (original title)

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In a utopian society created at the end of the third world war, a female warrior who has been plucked from the badlands begins to see cracks in this new facade. And what does this community have planned for the rest of humankind?

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Credited cast:
Ai Kobayashi ...
Deunan (voice)
Jûrôta Kosugi ...
Briareos (voice)
Yuki Matsuoka ...
Hitomi (voice)
Asumi Miwa ...
Akimoto Tsubasa ...
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Jack Aubree ...
(voice)
Chris Ayres ...
Elder (voice) (as Christopher Ayres)
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(voice) (as Frederick Bloggs)
Deborah Sale Butler ...
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Nike (voice)
Luci Christian ...
Deunan Knute (voice)
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Uranus (voice)
Marty Fleck ...
Elder (voice)
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(voice) (as Russell Thor)
Yuzuru Fujimoto ...
Uranus (voice)
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In a utopian society created at the end of the third world war, a female warrior who has been plucked from the badlands begins to see cracks in this new facade. And what does this community have planned for the rest of humankind?

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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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17 April 2004 (Japan)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$79,818 (USA) (14 January 2005)

Gross:

$124,967 (USA) (11 February 2005)
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The tattoo on Briareos' left upper arm says "Cogito Ergo Sum", which is Latin for "I think, therefore I am." Strangely, Greek characters are used and not Roman. Also the first character is Gamma, but C would rather be transliterated as Kappa in Greek. It also has the dates 2096-2122, which are Briareos' date of birth and date of his "death" when he became a cyborg. See more »

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After Briareos' weapon is sliced into pieces, he throws the weapon to the ground in one piece. See more »

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Deunan: We have to believe that life is what we make of it!
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Words & Music by Boom Boom Satellites
Performed by Boom Boom Satellites
Produced by Boom Boom Satellites
COURTESY OF SONY MUSIC RECORDS INC.
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Way of the future.
7 December 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

First things first; if you're looking for a literary masterpiece or an anime masterful like the works of Hayao Miyazaki and Mamoru Oshii, then Appleseed is not for you. It's plot is cliché with the overused science fiction premise of struggle between two coexisting races and the flaws and sins of humans, and the general execution of the plot is also in no way an outstanding one of the genre.

What Appleseed truly is, is a technological achievement in 3D animation for Japanese anime. It's animation style is far from Hollywood animation features like Finding Nemo and Shrek, instead it uses cel-shading technology which we've already seen in video games, and takes it up to a very high and polished level. The result is a beautiful movie with jaw-dropping animation, such that one cannot doubt that this style will pave the way for the future of anime movies. The range of emotions expressed through the CG is impressive; and motion capture has worked beautifully into the film, making it a seamless viewing experience. As a whole product, it's graphical presentation rivals that of great 2D animation features.

Other aspects are fairly well done; the music is done fairly well, with the opening song giving it a distinct flavour but later that fades away to the average run-of-the-mill songs that aren't particularly effective in rousing the emotions and senses. The artistic direction is great, with wonderful colors and tones chosen to accentuate the mood from the bleak dark ruins to the pastel colors of the Utopia. Scene execution is also stellar, and the structural development of the movie is natural although inter character relationships are somewhat lacking in development.

As a whole, it's an extremely graphically polished product based on an overused premise.


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