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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 / Coffin Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Honoka Asada ... Girl
Lynn Fischer ... Yuri
Yôko Fujita ... Goddess of destruction
Ben Hiura ... Archbishop

Chuck Johnson ... Muscleman
Henry Joseph ... Big Knife
Chris Kent ... Sid

Michael McConnohie ... Archbishop
Adam Nagata ... Robber
Kentaro Seagal ... Sid
Takamasa Suga ... Ryuen
Osamu Takahashi ... Master
Yûki Takeuchi ... Yuri
Kirk Thornton ... Grave
Hiroko Yashiki

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

Directed by
Yûji Shimomura 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Seiji Chiba 
Shinichi Fujita  screenplay (as Shin'ichi Fujita)
Jun'ya Katô 
Yûji Shimomura 

Produced by
Yoshinori Chiba .... executive producer
Yoshinori Chiba .... producer
Yoko Hayama .... producer
Kumi Kobata .... executive producer
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)
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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Rated R for violence

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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
What a Disappointing Movie, 22 May 2011
Author: gbgino from United States

When I read some of the other reviews for this film, I was quite excited to see this. It turns out this is probably the most abrupt about-face I've ever taken on a movie.

My Beef with the crap-fest that is Death Trance:

1. I love Asian movies but I hate Anime. The themes are always absurdly sensational and even downright kinky. This movie seems like it was written after an anime or maybe with a particular manga in mind. It has everything in common with anime from the extreme focus on visual appearance to the unreasonable number of static face shots. I'm looking down but up through my eyebrows while my head is tilted cockily to the side. Aren't I a bad*ss now?

2. No. Despite the movie being listed under action, there is little or no real tangible action. Granted I'm a Jackie Chan fan so I"m used to seeing actual stunts and solid blows. Death Trance is full of action scenes where most of the time is spent in build up and aftermath. It's obvious how fake the fighting is. The "heroes" show minimal almost pitiful athleticism. Some parts of the fight don't even make it onto the screen when they pull stunts like "look at my face while I kill a guy" instead of "look at me kill a guy" and the classic "it was so fast even the audience couldn't see it" when the killing blow turns into a simple 2 frames; before and after.

3. The main characters are simply obnoxious to look at. They are also completely unlikeable. On top of that they are almost never dynamic and never properly introduced. One of the characters has a heat seeking rocket launcher out of nowhere and we're supposed to think "How cool!" and not ask any questions like "who makes a point of carrying around a rocket launcher anyway? And in Old times magical Japan too, when everyone is using katanas still. Today a man with a rocket launcher is a terrorist or something. In the movie's setting though, it would make him Satan himself or something. This same character has God's Final Insult of a mullet. Hate it. The other hero has robes that part to show his inner upper thigh, hairless and smooth. If I'm gonna see man flesh I want it to be hairy and muscular like in 300 dammit. The third character seems to be a complete wuss in comparison because he doesn't fight, and the other 2 are eager to kill everyone in earshot of their meager "hiyaah!"s.

I could not force myself to watch too far in, but judging by the first 20 minutes, the middle and end can't have been that great.

Overall the highest quality went into the makeup and costumes and props. The acting was bad. The action was bad. The story was bad. Personally I'm not even into Gothic styles and all the black and white color themes grew very tiring. So even though the makeup and costumes were good, they were bad.

For someone without my anti-anime bias and an open mind: 3 out of 10 Me: 1 out of 10 For those who cream themselves about anything and everything Japanese: 5 out of 10. Princess Blade and Versus were also bad but way better than this.

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