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Death Trance -- An unknown time. An unknown place. Without reasons. With no future. His only desire is... Destruction!  Death Trance combines the themes of good versus evil, and the awakening of an unlikely hero with ultra-kinetic action to create the "action" spectacle of the year!


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20 May 2006 (Japan) See more »
An unknown time. An unknown place. Without reasons. With no future. His only desire is... Destruction! See more »
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  (in credits order)
Tak Sakaguchi ... Grave
Takamasa Suga ... Ryuen
Kentaro Seagal ... Sid
Yûki Takeuchi ... Yuri
Ben Hiura ... Archbishop
Honoka Asada ... Girl
Yôko Fujita ... Goddess of Destruction
Osamu Takahashi ... Master
Kei Sasegawa ... Capoeira User
Masumi Shirai ... Sword-Welding Sister (Left)
Mie Nakao ... Sword-Welding Sister (Right)
Masaki Shirai ... Ninja A
Hitoshi Fukushima ... Ninja B
Masaki Inatome ... Flying Vampire 01
Naohiro Kawamoto ... Flying Vampire 02
Hiroko Yashiki ... Fallen Angel
Kentarô Shimazu ... Mountian Bandit A
Shuhe ... Bandit Rene
Shûya Yoshimoto ... Bandit Leo
Masaki Suzumura ... Bandit Gogh
Bob Suzuki ... Bandit Joha
Daijiro Tsuruoka ... Bandit Dall
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Johnny Yong Bosch ... Ryu'en (voice: English version) (as Johnny Youg Bosch)
Lynn Fischer ... Yuri (voice: English version)

Chuck Johnson ... Muscleman
Henry Joseph ... Big Knife (voice: English version)
Chris Kent ... Sid (voice: English version)

Michael McConnohie ... Archbishop (voice: English version)
Adam Nagata ... Robber
Robert R. Ridgeway ... Bandit (voice: English version)
Kirk Thornton ... Grave (voice: English version)

Mela Lee ... Girl (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Yûji Shimomura 
Alex Von David (english voice direction)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Seiji Chiba 
Shinichi Fujita  screenplay (as Shin'ichi Fujita)
Jun'ya Katô 
Yûji Shimomura 
Alex Von David  adr writer (english version)

Produced by
Yoshinori Chiba .... executive producer
Yoshinori Chiba .... producer
Yoko Hayama .... producer
Kumi Kobata .... executive producer
Mami Okada .... associate producer (english version)
Kaeko Sakamoto .... producer (english version)
Eric P. Sherman .... producer (english version)
Kana Takeuchi .... producer
Original Music by
Rui Ogawa 
Cinematography by
Shinichi Fujita  (as Shin'ichi Fujita)
Film Editing by
Shinichi Fujita  (as Shin'ichi Fujita)
Casting by
Mami Okada (english version)
Costume Design by
Kana Takeuchi 
Makeup Department
Kakusei Fujiwara .... special makeup effects artist
Sôichi Umezawa .... special makeup effects artist
Sound Department
Marco Bustos .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Patzelt .... adr mixer
Kevin Patzelt .... dialogue editor
Naohiro Kawamoto .... stunts
Kensuke Sonomura .... stunts
Kazunori Yajima .... stunt double
Hiroyuki Yoshida .... utility stunts
Editorial Department
David Beinlich .... post-production coordinator
Christian Alexander Moran .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Dir en Grey .... composer: songs "Deity", "The IIID Empire", "Increase Blue" and "Clever Sleazoid"
Other crew
Gô Ohara .... action director
Tak Sakaguchi .... action director

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Desu toransu" - Japan (original title)
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Rated R for violence
89 min
Australia:M | Brazil:16 | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (Certificate #275524) | Germany:16 | New Zealand:M | Singapore:M18 | USA:R

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Japanese metal band Dir en Grey provided the soundtrack for the film.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Chôjin densetsu Urotsukidôji (1989) (V)See more »
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Death Trance ... what? when? how? where???, 14 July 2009
Author: LivingDog from NYC, NY

Phew. Well, most westerners think the same - "this movie has no plot!" But if you're into metal/heavy metal/dethklock etc ... then it's a no brainer you'll love this flick. As for me I liked it enough to give it a 10 rating b/c I could see the attention to detail given every costume as well as sound-track and location. Add to that the amazing special effects, choreography, and _beautiful_ photography as well and I had to give this a 10.

Now as for the plot, what I can gather is that this is post-apocalyptic; this is fantasy; this is about (Japanese) gods and demons; ... and a coffin. The rumor is that the coffin will grant you any thing for which you ask - if you open it in the western forest. BUT the truth is very different. So the first guy steals it and sets off to open it; then he is chased after by the last monk who survived the slaughter at the temple. (Now this slaughter is weird b/c all the other fights are bloodless ... all punching and bashing with clubs ... did John Carpenter leave the building?) Then another guys shows up and chases the guy with the coffin for himself and his own interest (he's carrying a doll tied to his belt). Finally a third character shows up who can whip the snot out of everyone in the room. She is the one who helps the viewer understand about the special sword. The monk is carrying the special sword - a sword that only the chosen one (chosen by the sword) can use... why? B/c your wish ain't what's waiting for you when you open the coffin in the western forest after you get through the (secret secluded hidden mysterious) gate - opened by none other than a character who seems to have no point ... but she's always there. So just b/c the story wasn't that interesting to me I wasn't going to reduce its rating - it's definitely a 10 and a bit of a rough ride for those not use to Japanese story telling.



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