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Casshern -- Genetically modified human mutants threaten the future of the world, and the only hope for mankind rests on the shoulders of Casshern, a warrior who has been reincarnated.
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 »
Reincarnated with an invincible body to fight an iron devil. If Casshern does not do it, who will? See more »
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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  (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

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
Akihiko Okase .... foley artist
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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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 »
Burai:We are the Neo-Sapiens. Bow down before us.See more »
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Referenced in Aachi and Ssipak (2006)See more »
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What's with the lightning bolts ? Where do they come from ?
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114 out of 145 people found the following review useful.
Powerful stuff, 1 May 2004

I saw "Casshern" yesterday at a packed theater and I was blown away. I went in looking for a black-and-white head-busting superhero flick, but I got a lot more than I bargained for.

First off, the photography is gorgeous--as director, cinematographer, and editor Kazuaki Kiriya makes excellent use of color and grain in his film. At times it's a fuzzy, glowing dream, while at others it's stark, black-and-white sandpaper on your brain. It's an ingenious device to change the mood of the film instantaneously.

There are hints of any number of films here--Metropolis, Frankenstein, Mononoke Hime, Terminator, Tetsuo--and yet the film definitely stands on its own. By no means a slavish adaption of the original animated series, it does contain a number of nods to elements of the original that fans will surely recognize (I leave it to other viewers to catch these for themselves). I was particularly impressed by the first appearance of Luna, who looks like she stepped out of a painting by Tatsunoko alumnus Yoshitaka Amano in that scene.

The action scenes are backed by a driving rock score which reminded me of "The Crow" for some reason. Hardcore action fans who are hoping for a "Matrix Reloaded" bumper-to-bumper slugfest will be sorely disappointed, though. The fight scenes actually run counter to the message of the film--that, as one character states, "War makes humans inhuman." There is a long tradition in Japanese fiction--and animation, in particular--of the hero becoming what he hates to triumph over his enemy. The perfect example of this is Devilman, who becomes a demon to do battle with other demons. There is also a saying in Japan, "kokoro wo oni ni suru" or "steel your heart with resolve," and "Casshern" proves that some decisions will indeed set us on the road to having the hardened heart of a demon. In the end, most conflicts can never be won--even if you win, you lose, as you have more than likely sown the seeds for the next conflict.

I have no idea how foreign audiences will take to the message in this film, but I could hear a number of people crying in the darkness around me, and the crowd was uncharacteristically silent as they left the theater. As a translator, I hope this gets the treatment it deserves when it gets subtitled--the dialog isn't particularly difficult for those with a moderate knowledge of Japanese, and there are vast stretches of film with no dialog at all, but there are also a number of nuances that might be lost. The omnipresent Chinese and Cyrillic characters of the Asian Federation create an oppressive mood that'll be difficult to convey--the nearest example I can think of is the subliminal messages in John Carpenter's "They Live." Some of the other devices used in the film, such as multiple voices repeating portentous words "You don't know what war's like," might also be difficult to convey with normal subtitling. Nevertheless, I hope to see this film made available to a larger audience soon.

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