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"Mezzo Forte" (2000) More at IMDbPro »"Mezo forute" (original title), TV mini-series 2000-


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Director:
Writers:
Yasuomi Umetsu (concept)
Yasuomi Umetsu (screenplay)
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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
13 November 2001 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Double The Girls! Double The Guns!
Plot:
A young woman and her mercenary for hire team run afoul of a violent mob boss and his sociopath daughter. Full summary »
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User Reviews:
Good old-fashioned over-the-top anime violence See more (4 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 16 of 24)
Tomoko Kotani ... Mikura Suzuki (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
Takumi Yamazaki ... Harada Tomohisa (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
Taichirô Hirokawa ... Kurokawa (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
Shôzô Iizuka ... Momoi Momokichi (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
Rie Ishizuka ... Momomi Momoi (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
Norio Wakamoto ... Hirooka (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
Marie Court ... Mikura (Love Scene Voice Double) (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
Peter Doyle ... Tomohisa Harada (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
Melissa Fahn ... Mikura (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
Lynn Fischer ... Momomi Momoi (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
William Knight ... Emoto (2 episodes, 2000-2001)

Randy McPherson ... Harada Tomohisa (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
Bob Papenbrook ... Momokichi Momoi (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
Jamieson Price ... Bodyguard B / ... (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
Michelle Ruff ... Little Girl / ... (2 episodes, 2000-2001)

John Snyder ... Kurokawa (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
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Series Directed by
Yasuomi Umetsu (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Em (unknown episodes)
Yasuomi Umetsu (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Kaio Kaneki .... planner (unknown episodes)
Osamu Koshinaka .... producer (unknown episodes)
Taro Masa .... producer (unknown episodes)
Shintarô Nozaki .... assistant producer (unknown episodes)
Eric P. Sherman .... producer (unknown episodes)
John Sirabella .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Yudai Tenchi .... planner (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Tooru Shura (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Hisao Kuroi (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Hiroshi Honda (unknown episodes)
Beth Salem (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Shigeru Ikebata (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Christian Alexander Moran .... post-production manager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Keizô Kusakawa .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Kimiko Kitazawa .... color key (unknown episodes)
Kôichirô Nagano .... color key (unknown episodes)
Ryôta Tanaka .... color key (unknown episodes)
Yasuomi Umetsu .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Chikako Abe .... recording assistant (unknown episodes)
Osamu Ichikawa .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
Yasuyuki Konno .... sound effects editor: Swara Production (unknown episodes)
Kei Mayuzumi .... sound director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Futoshi Kirifuki .... special effects (unknown episodes)
 
Series Animation Department
Tatsuya Abe .... animator (unknown episodes)
Masaji Andoo .... animator (unknown episodes)
Cho Bika .... coloring (unknown episodes)
Takayuki Gorai .... animator (unknown episodes)
Takehiro Hamatsu .... animator (unknown episodes)
Nobuo Horii .... animator (unknown episodes)
Kunihiko Inoue .... animator (unknown episodes)
Masashi Ishihama .... animator (unknown episodes)
Shuichi Kaneko .... animator (unknown episodes)
Yoshitaka Katô .... animator (unknown episodes)
Kim Keishuku .... coloring (unknown episodes)
Kim Keizen .... coloring (unknown episodes)
Lee Kenkyo .... coloring (unknown episodes)
Kazuya Komai .... animator (unknown episodes)
Hiroshi Kyouai .... animator (unknown episodes)
Masahiro Kôyama .... animator (unknown episodes)
Hideo Maru .... animator (unknown episodes)
Aguri Matsumoto .... animator (unknown episodes)
Tsutomu Miyazawa .... animator (unknown episodes)
Takaharu Moriyama .... animator (unknown episodes)
Minoru Murao .... animator (unknown episodes)
Mitsunori Murata .... animator (unknown episodes)
Kazuto Nakazawa .... animator (unknown episodes)
Takahiro Nishioka .... animator (unknown episodes)
Hiroshi Ogawa .... animator (unknown episodes)
Masakazu Okada .... animator (unknown episodes)
Toyohiro Okada .... animator (unknown episodes)
Kim Onei .... coloring (unknown episodes)
Jo Onsei .... coloring (unknown episodes)
Tei Ontei .... coloring (unknown episodes)
Fumihide Sai .... animator (unknown episodes)
Jersey Sawa .... animator (unknown episodes)
Masahiro Sekiguchi .... animator (unknown episodes)
Rin Shin .... animator (unknown episodes)
Yuji Takahashi .... animator (unknown episodes)
Masae Tanabe .... animator (unknown episodes)
Takahiro Tanaka .... animator (unknown episodes)
Yasuomi Umetsu .... animation director / animator / ... (unknown episodes)
Mayumi Watanabe .... animator (unknown episodes)
Motoyoshi Yagi .... animator (unknown episodes)
Lee Yuka .... coloring (unknown episodes)
Akira Ôtsuka .... animator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Dr. Pochi .... supervisor (unknown episodes)
Eric P. Sherman .... voice director (unknown episodes)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mezo forute" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
60 min (2 parts) | USA:55 min (cut version) | Japan:80 min (International version)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The version released in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment is the 55 Minute cut version.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Anime Abandon: Kite (#2.3)" (2012)See more »

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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Good old-fashioned over-the-top anime violence, 16 December 2006
Author: Thomas Plante (TJ1380@gmail.com) from United States

Sometimes anime can seem way too pretentious. I can always spot a really bad anime when it takes what should be a standard adventure/sci-fi plot and plays it up as if it contains the very meaning of life. Lines are delivered with far more gravitas than what is necessary (especially in English dubs), and the story becomes so bogged down with ridiculous half-baked metaphors that it no longer makes sense and is certainly not any fun to watch. Fortunately, that never happens in Mezzo Forte. It's goal is to give the viewer a good time with some over-the-top ultraviolent action done with a sense of humor, and it succeeds even if it isn't perfect.

The story of Mezzo Forte is set sometime in the future and focuses on a reckless trio of mercenaries hired to kidnap a powerful crime lord and end up at war with his henchmen and his psychotic mafia princess daughter. This conflict is made even worse by the fact that they botched the kidnapping and ended up killing their victim, thus appearing to eliminate any chance of holding him for ransom (although they're the only ones who know that). Aside from some confusing and inexplicable stuff about the heroine and the villain being able to see the future, that's pretty much the story in a nutshell. It's a decent story, and even manages to have a few twists, but what really sold me on this anime was the over-the-top action handled with a rather twisted sense of humor. It's a well-known fact that the laws of physics seem to work differently in most anime, and Mezzo Forte plays with this concept to an absurd effect. When a girl who looks like she weighs about 100 pounds can kick a much larger man through a brick wall and it is treated as completely normal, it's clear that the writers and director aren't taking themselves too seriously. Unlike a lot of other really violent animes that come off as either pretentiously grim or exploitative, the violence here is handled with a sense of humor that lessens the horror of what we are seeing. It's definitely a nice change of pace.

The only thing I really didn't like about this was the pacing. The version I saw was only about an hour long, and it seemed to go through everything way too quickly. I could easily see something like this spread out across 90 minutes and still be worth watching. I've also heard that there is a director's cut that features two sex scenes that are so graphic that they push this anime into hentai territory (for those who don't know, hentai is basically anime porn). Although they weren't included in the version I saw, I was told where they would appear, and I can honestly say that they would be too out-of-place in this movie. They just sounded like an excuse to show some hot sex even if it had nothing to do with the plot. I certainly didn't feel like I was missing anything.

Overall, I found this movie to be a lot of brainless, ultraviolent fun that doesn't take itself too seriously. While I wouldn't recommend it to anyone too easily offended by some of the stuff in a typical R-rated Hollywood film (or a pornographic film, if what I understand of the sex scenes in the director's cut to be true), I would recommend it to anyone who likes a lot of wild action delivered with a dark yet tongue-in-cheek sense of humor.

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