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Director:
Writers:
Yasuomi Umetsu (concept)
Yasuomi Umetsu (screenplay)
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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 » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Good old-fashioned over-the-top anime violence See more (4 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Tomoko Kotani ... Mikura Suzuki (voice: Japanese version)
Takumi Yamazaki ... Tomohisa Harada (voice: Japanese version)
Taichirô Hirokawa ... Kenichi Kurokawa (voice: Japanese version)
Shôzô Iizuka ... Momokichi Momoi (voice: Japanese version)
Akemi Okamura ... Momomi Momoi (voice: Japanese version)
Norio Wakamoto ... Hirooka (voice: Japanese version)
Shin'ichirô Miki ... (voice: Japanese version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marie Court ... Mikura (during love scene) (voice: English version)
Melissa Fahn ... Mikura (voice: English version) (as Tina Dixon)
Lynn Fischer ... Momomi Momoi (voice: English version)
Neil Kaplan ... Guy In The Toilet Stall, Bodyguards (voice: English version) (as Bob Bobson)
Melvin Katt ... Detective (voice: English version)
William Knight ... Emoto (voice: English version) (as William Frederick Knight)

Lex Lang ... Bodyguard (voice: English version)

Randy McPherson ... Harada (voice: English version) (as Sean Mitchell)
Bob Papenbrook ... Momokichi Momoi (voice: English version) (as John Smallberries)
Tony Pope ... Bob / Announcer / Bodyguard (voice: English version) (as Anthony Mozdy)
Jamieson Price ... Hirooka, Bodyguard B (voice: English version) (as James Lyon)
Michelle Ruff ... Sex Robot / Little Girl / Waitress (voice: English version)
Eric P. Sherman ... Bodyguards (voice: English version) (as Herman Schurman)

John Snyder ... Kurokawa (voice: English version) (as Felix Cooper)

Peter Spellos ... Rob / Bodyguards (voice: English version) (as G. Gordon Baer)
Doug Stone ... Tagami / Bodyguards / Urinal Guy (voice: English version) (as David Orosco)

Directed by
Yasuomi Umetsu 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Yasuomi Umetsu  concept
Yasuomi Umetsu  screenplay

Produced by
Kaio Kaneki .... planner
Osamu Koshinaka .... producer
Taro Masa .... producer
Shintarô Nozaki .... assistant producer
Eric P. Sherman .... producer
Yudai Tenchi .... planner
 
Original Music by
Tooru Shura 
 
Cinematography by
Hisao Kuroi 
 
Film Editing by
Hiroshi Honda 
 
Art Direction by
Shigeru Ikebata 
 
Production Management
Christian Alexander Moran .... post-production manager (english version)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Keizô Kusakawa .... assistant director (as Monjirô Kogarako)
 
Art Department
Kimiko Kitazawa .... color key (episode 2)
Kôichirô Nagano .... color key (episode 1)
Ryôta Tanaka .... color key (episode 2)
Yasuomi Umetsu .... storyboard artist
 
Sound Department
Chikako Abe .... recording assistant
Osamu Ichikawa .... sound recordist
Yasuyuki Konno .... sound effects editor: Swara Production
Kei Mayuzumi .... sound director
 
Special Effects by
Futoshi Kirifuki .... special effects
 
Animation Department
Tatsuya Abe .... animator
Masaji Andoo .... animator
Cho Bika .... coloring
Takayuki Gorai .... animator
Takehiro Hamatsu .... animator
Nobuo Horii .... animator
Kunihiko Inoue .... animator
Masashi Ishihama .... animator (as Shinji Ishihama)
Shuichi Kaneko .... animator
Yoshitaka Katô .... animator
Kim Keishuku .... coloring
Kim Keizen .... coloring
Lee Kenkyo .... coloring
Kazuya Komai .... animator
Hiroshi Kyouai .... animator
Masahiro Kôyama .... animator
Hideo Maru .... animator
Aguri Matsumoto .... animator
Tsutomu Miyazawa .... animator
Takaharu Moriyama .... animator
Minoru Murao .... animator
Mitsunori Murata .... animator
Kazuto Nakazawa .... animator
Takahiro Nishioka .... animator
Hiroshi Ogawa .... animator
Masakazu Okada .... animator
Toyohiro Okada .... animator
Kim Onei .... coloring
Jo Onsei .... coloring
Tei Ontei .... coloring
Fumihide Sai .... animator
Jersey Sawa .... animator
Masahiro Sekiguchi .... animator
Rin Shin .... animator
Yuji Takahashi .... animator
Masae Tanabe .... animator
Takahiro Tanaka .... animator
Yasuomi Umetsu .... animator
Yasuomi Umetsu .... character design/animation director
Mayumi Watanabe .... animator
Motoyoshi Yagi .... animator
Lee Yuka .... coloring
Akira Ôtsuka .... animator
 
Other crew
Eric P. Sherman .... voice director
 

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Additional Details

Runtime:
60 min (2 parts) | USA:55 min (cut version) | Japan:80 min (International version)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Two versions were released in the U.S. - a general release and a "Director's Cut" edition, which includes three minutes of footage not suitable for minors. In addition, an International Version was released in Japan on July 23, 2004. This version includes 20 minutes of extra footage, but none of the adult scenes found in the Director's Cut.See more »
Quotes:
Mikura:We specialize in danger, right?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Adventures in Voice Acting (2008) (V)See more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the International Version and the Uncut US DVD?
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15 out of 16 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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