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Casshern -- Live-action sci-fi movie based on a 1973 Japanese anim� of the same name (Shinzo Ningen Cassh�n). Theme song by Utada Hikaru.

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24 April 2004 (Japan) See more »
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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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Live-action sci-fi movie based on a 1973 Japanese animé of the same name (Shinzo Ningen Casshân). Theme song by Utada Hikaru. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Amazing work of art See more (158 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Yûsuke Iseya ... Tetsuya Azuma / Casshern

Kumiko Asô ... Luna Kozuki
Akira Terao ... Dr. Kotaro Azuma
Kanako Higuchi ... Midori Azuma
Fumiyo Kohinata ... Dr. Kozuki
Hiroyuki Miyasako ... Akubon

Mayumi Sada ... Sagurê
Jun Kaname ... Barashin
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
Hideji Ôtaki ... General Kamijo
Tatsuya Mihashi ... Dr. Furoi
Toshiaki Karasawa ... Burai
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kôhei Kitajima
Ei Morisako ... Runa
Gorô Naya ... Narrator
Satoshi Shiomi
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Directed by
Kazuaki Kiriya 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kazuaki Kiriya  screenplay
Dai Satô 
Shotaro Suga 
Tatsuo Yoshida  characters

Produced by
Hideji Miyajima .... producer
Chiaki Noji .... associate producer
Toshiharu Ozawa .... producer
Makoto Tanaka .... associate producer
Toshiaki Wakabayashi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Shirô Sagisu 
 
Cinematography by
Kazuaki Kiriya (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Kazuaki Kiriya 
 
Production Design by
Yuji Hayashida 
 
Art Direction by
Yuji Hayashida 
 
Set Decoration by
Yoshihito Akatsuka 
 
Costume Design by
Michiko Kitamura 
 
Makeup Department
Ryoji Inagaki .... hair designer
Ryoji Inagaki .... makeup designer
 
Art Department
D.K. .... conceptual designer
Shinji Higuchi .... storyboard artist: action scene
 
Sound Department
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Masahito Yano .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Tomo Hyakutake .... character designer
Tomo Hyakutake .... special effects makeup
Toshiyuki Kimura .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Kaori Doi .... lead lighting artist
Toshiyuki Kimura .... visual effects supervisor
Kôji Nozaki .... visual effects supervisor
Haruhiko Shono .... CGI supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Motoyuki Kawase .... assistant editor (US video version)
Junya Sakino .... post-production assistant (US video version)
 
Music Department
Hikaru Utada .... composer: theme song "Dareka no negai ga kanau koro"
 
Other crew
Shinji Higuchi .... action scenes supervisor
Yuta Morokaji .... action director
 

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142 min | USA:117 min (cut version)
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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
[before a fight]
Barashin:My name is Barashin!
Casshern:And mine is... Casshern!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Aachi and Ssipak (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
RequiemSee more »

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What's with the lightning bolts ? Where do they come from ?
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69 out of 95 people found the following review useful.
Amazing work of art, 11 September 2005
Author: moechae from United States

"At last I understand. We hurt others by our very existence. That's just the way we live." I began watching Casshern with absolutely no idea of what to expect. Seeing a preview for it on the internet, I ordered the DVD and waited. Hearing extremely mixed reviews, I was tense. Did I spend my money stupidly? Would this movie just sit on a shelf collecting dust after I watched it? Then it came. I put it in, fiddled for about five minutes getting the subtitles to work in English (the entire DVD menu was written in Japanese), sat back, and was promptly blown away. Casshern was a visual feast for the starving moviegoer. After Star Wars, Matrix Trilogy, and other sci-fi movies that have butchered CGI special effects to the point where they should now be called "normal effects", Casshern utilized the technology brilliantly. Stylistic and visually stunning, the visuals could be compared to other recent Asian imported movies such as Hero or House of Flying Daggers. The comparison ends there, though.

Based off of a 1970's anime, Cashan The Robot Hunter, Casshern is set in a futuristic alternate universe, where after fifty years of stressing warfare, the country called Greater Eastern Federation triumphs over another country called Europa and has gained control of the Eurasian continent. It is a hollow victory, though, as the years of warfare have left the continent devastated with nuclear waste and new diseases have decimated the already exhausted population. Out of this rubble one man, a Dr. Azuma, has proposed a plan using "neo-cells" that are like stem cells on steroids, in order to regenerate humankind. Scoffed at by the government and scientists, Dr. Azuma is forced to receive his funding from a shady branch of the military. During his experiments, Dr. Azuma realizes that his "neo-cell" theory is absolute bull, but unwittingly stumbles upon a well of eternal youth/strength/reanimation. Thusly, he creates a race of mutant beings called Shinzo Ningen, that vow revenge upon the humans after the military slaughter all but four of the creatures.

Casshern was dumbly marketed and labeled as an action-adventure movie, when in fact, the movie has only three real action scenes in it. It instead focuses on the moral issues surrounding warfare. Whether it is ever right to utilize war and destruction, and it brings up many thought-provoking issues such as what is ethically and morally right? How far can one go for love? What does it mean to be part of humanity as a whole, to be alive? That was one of the reasons why Casshern received such low ratings, especially in America. After being raised on Hollywood cookie-cutter plots and car chase scenes, Casshern was an interesting break from the norm. It doesn't dumb down its plot or sugarcoat the issues it deals with, and even leaves many answers up to you to interpret. The movie rarely lets the viewer stop and take a breather, nor wastes time with superficial plot lines. Casshern wants to get its point across in the most dramatic and breath-taking way that is possible, and boy does it deliver.

This is Kazuaki Kiriya's directorial debut, and he certainly brings his unique style to the movie. Having previously been a music video director, you can see the influences of it in sharply contrasting scenes and surrealistic narrative. Casshern understands what it means to be a movie, mainly, a visual art form. That is what it is, a visually stunning piece of art with an intriguing plot line.

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