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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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Beautiful 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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According to the director's commentary, Burai's long monologue when he first speaks was done in a single take. Although later broken-up in post-production by shots of various reactions, you can still tell as the camera slowly zooms in on his face only to do the exact opposite when he finishes speaking.See more »
Quotes:
Burai:We are the Neo-Sapiens. Bow down before us.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Speed Racer" (1967)See more »
Soundtrack:
RequiemSee more »

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What's with the lightning bolts ? Where do they come from ?
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48 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful, 31 August 2004
Author: Mike Paines from Portsmouth, UK

If I hadn't already seen Zhang Yimou's Hero the previous week, I would have had to say that Casshern is one of the most beautiful-looking films I've seen in years (or ever). However, it'll have to suffice with second place. The CGI is highly stylised, with some green-screen shots looking purposefully false, but the real joy is in the production design - very evocative of Metropolis. Visual references are also made to the Nuremburg rallies of the 1930s, the Holocaust, Orwell's 1984 and those retro wind-up robots. A massive twenty-storey building is suspended in the air by hundreds of propellers like some overgrown zeppelin, and there's shots of a train so wide it requires five strips of rail side-by-side to accommodate it. The battle scenes are particularly awesome, and the combat scenes between Casshern and the Neo-Sapiens equally sharp.

However, the story primarily revolves around the drama of two families and there's very little affinity made with the main characters. Perhaps it was because the action scenes were so bombastic, but I found it very difficult to spur my interest in the character-driven moments, and this consequently made the two-and-a-half-hour running time feel a tad too long.

The final closing message, which runs contrary to the adrenalized mid-section of the film, is presented rather clumsily. But in true Japan-fashion, you can't help but be charmed by the sincerity of the whole thing.

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