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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kumiko Asô ...
Akira Terao ...
Dr. Kotaro Azuma
Kanako Higuchi ...
Fumiyo Kohinata ...
Dr. Kozuki
Hiroyuki Miyasako ...
Jun Kaname ...
Hidetoshi Nishijima ...
Lieutenant Colonel Kamijo
Mitsuhiro Oikawa ...
Kaoru Naito
Susumu Terajima ...
Mayu Tsuruta ...
Burai's wife
Ryô ...
San Ikegami
Tetsuji Tamayama ...
Yôko Moriguchi ...
Luna's mother


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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Release Date:

24 April 2004 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Casshern - Reencarnado do Inferno  »

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JPY 600,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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Did You Know?


In the original TV series, the antagonists were androids brought to life by a lightning strike a la Frankenstein. All were male and bear the same names as in the 2004 remake - with the exception of the Burai. The android Burai is based upon was originally named "Burai King Boss". In the making-of-Casshern DVD, director Kazuaki Kiriya and all conceptual designs continue to use the name "Burai King Boss" until well-over halfway into the shoot. See more »


Dr. Kotaro Azuma: Murderer, feel my pain.
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References Speed Racer (1967) See more »


By The Back Horn
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speechless (almost)
24 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

My wife and I watched this movie last night. I love anime, for the most part, but realize that quite a bit of it is rehashing the same topics. Visuals are important, and I can look past some of the more trivial and view the entertainment. She likes some, but is more "willing" to see these movies than "eager".

Having said that. HOLY COW! this is one of the best movies we have seen. Visuals were stunning, the message real, the topics more than timely, the human story was touching. Even the non-special effect type shots were beautiful. You can tell that the filmmakers were not concerned about dumbing down the story for the audience. I fear for an American release (please quite assuming we are morons).

This was not "good anime" or "good superhero" or "good science fiction". This was a excellent movie and story that was told using all those as medium.

You can see aspects of "Blade Runner", "The Matrix", maybe "2001" even film noir but this movie does it right. Please give it a chance. The first thing we thought of after the viewing is that we want run out and tell everyone we see "see this movie".

See this movie.

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