Based on a Japanese folk legend that echoes the tale of Robin Hood, this ninja thriller follows the exploits of Goemon Ishikawa (Yôsuke Eguchi), who leaves his fighting clan after its chief... See full summary »
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
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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 »
In an alternate reality a military regime has taken over the eurasian continent. War and pollution threaten everyone's life and so a project is started to find "the" cure for all those people's problems. A scientist suggests his Neo-Cell technology, which is capable of rejuvenating, reassembling and reviving dead or injured men. A military sponsor is found and the early experiments produce a group of neohumans, who get loose and flee into the mountains. That is the point where the story throws in two ecstasy pills and the anime comic basis of Casshern breaks through and doesn't let go of our eyes ever again. The movie is extremely stylish and schizophrenic, it has a touch of the video clips in computer games, merged with a screen style like a musical (Pink Floyd The Wall)and action scenes that are a so unbelievably perfect "realization" of anime that it seems you are watching GhostitShell2 with TheMatrix layered over it. Don't even think you'd be able to follow the seemingly simple comic plot every scene, you can consider yourself lucky if you manage to process who is currently in the picture in front of which stunning background. Not everyone will like this, for sure, it far too outlandish and a real challenge, at the same time the seemingly comical story might scare some viewers away or the overall style of the movie, that seems almost like the distinct brushstroke of a painter, might not please everyone. Even animefans will need some time to get used to the fight sequences, as realism always steps behind for style and effect here. From an artist's point of view a great, challenging anime comic on screen.
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