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Casshern (2004)

 -  Action | Sci-Fi  -  24 April 2004 (Japan)
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Live-action sci-fi movie based on a 1973 Japanese animé of the same name (Shinzo Ningen Casshân). Theme song by Utada Hikaru.

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Yûsuke Iseya ...
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Akira Terao ...
Dr. Kotaro Azuma
Kanako Higuchi ...
Fumiyo Kohinata ...
Dr. Kozuki
Hiroyuki Miyasako ...
Akubon
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Sagurê
Jun Kaname ...
Hidetoshi Nishijima ...
Lieutenant Colonel Kamijo
Mitsuhiro Oikawa ...
Kaoru Naito
Susumu Terajima ...
Sakamoto
Mayu Tsuruta ...
Burai's wife
Ryô ...
San Ikegami
Tetsuji Tamayama ...
Sekiguchi
Yôko Moriguchi ...
Luna's mother
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In a world with an alternate history, a great war finally comes to an end leaving the earth diseased and polluted. The geneticist Dr. Azuma vies for support from the government for his neo-cell treatment that he claims can rejuvenate the body and regenerate humankind. The government leaders, guarding their own deeply entrenched powers, turn down the professor. Driven to complete his work, Dr. Azuma accepts a secret offer from a sinister faction of the powerful military. After an incident occurs in Dr. Azuma's lab, a race of mutant humans known as the Shinzo Ningen are unleashed upon the world. Now only the warrior known as Casshern, reincarnated with an invincible body, stands between the Shinzo Ningen and a world on the brink of annihilation. Written by Frank Tinsley V

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Reincarnated with an invincible body to fight an iron devil. If Casshern does not do it, who will? See more »

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24 April 2004 (Japan)  »

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Casshern - Reencarnado do Inferno  »

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Budget:

JPY 600,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$344,218 (Japan) (7 May 2004)

Gross:

$3,745,753 (Japan) (14 May 2004)
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This was veteran Japanese actor Tatsuya Mihashi's final film. Mihashi was able to complete all of his scenes but died during post-production before the film was able to be screened. See more »

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Dr. Kotaro Azuma: Murderer, feel my pain.
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Beautiful movie, fantastic scenes, average fighting and massive death.
8 December 2004 | by (San Pedro) – See all my reviews

This movie grabs you right from the beginning with its audio/visual bombardment that keeps your eyes and ears at maximum capacity. This doesn't last all the way through, there's interspersed moments of artistic pause. Those frozen moment scenes looked like a master's canvas come to motion, if not life. Don't blink.

The plot of the movie revolves around a battle of life and death, with the love story subplot on the main character. As many scripts set in Japan do, they revolve the drama around "honor" and whatever twisted concept the characters have of it. Often "honor" demands that everyone dies. A lot of people die, but the violence is pretty good, more conceptual than graphic, and it delivers its intended impact well. But it eventually gets over the top, and you start wondering if anyone is going to live.

There's more than a few plot-holes, and they are big enough to drive a Honda through. You get the idea they shot reels of film and thought about how to piece it together afterward. People do things for impossible reasons, and unlikely motivations (twisted sense of honor becomes a generic excuse). To their credit, with such a twisted plot piecing together scenes, they don't make the mistake of turning the plot on a dime anywhere, so you won't get lost. You know who the bad guys are (3 different groups!) and who the good guys are (the hero, his immediate family, and all innocents), and you know who it's going to come down to in the end.

To anyone who watches this with subtitles, blame the incoherent reasons behind character's actions on bad subtitle translations.... and it becomes a better than average movie, even good. Turn out the lights and crank the volume. Sci-Fi fans, this is a don't miss.


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