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Director:
Writers:
Masamune Shirow (characters)
Kiyoto Takeuchi (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
20 October 2007 (Japan) See more »
Plot:
With Brialeos convalescing after a mission, Deunan is assigned a new and remarkably familiar partner as a strange wave of terrorist attacks plague Olympus. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
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User Reviews:
"Ex Machina" - Not the future of Anime', but still very entertaining See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Ai Kobayashi ... Deunan Knute (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Brialeos Hecatombcales (voice)
Yûji Kishi ... Tereus (voice)
Kong Kuwata ... Aeacus (voice)
Shinpachi Tsuji ... Commander Lance (voice)
Gara Takashima ... Athena (voice)
Rei Igarashi ... Nike (voice)
Rica Fukami ... Yoshino (voice)
Takaya Hashi ... Dr. Kestner (voice)
Miyuki Sawashiro ... Hitomi (voice)
Yasuyuki Kase ... Yoshitsune (voice)
Takaya Kuroda ... Arges (voice)
Naoko Kouda ... Dr. Xander (voice)
Atsushi Imaruoka ... (voice)
Ken Yamaguchi ... (voice)
Youichi Nishijima ... (voice)
Masato Funaki ... (voice)
Takuo Kawamura ... (voice)
Koji Yoshida ... (voice)
Kota Nemoto ... (voice)
Hisanori Koyatsu ... (voice)
Kenichi Mochizuki ... (voice)
Keiichi Kuwabara ... (voice)
Tadahisa Saizen ... (voice)
Kiyomi Asai ... (voice)
Eri Oono ... (voice)
Nao Takamori ... (voice)
Masafumi Kimura ... (voice)
Luci Christian ... Deunan Knute (voice: English version)

David Matranga ... Briareos (voice: English version)
Illich Guardiola ... Terius (voice: English version)
Allison L. Sumrall ... Athena (voice: English version)

Shelley Calene-Black ... Nike (voice: English version)
Hilary Haag ... Hitomi (voice: English version)

Chris Hutchison ... Lance (voice: English version)

Mike MacRae ... Aeacus (voice: English version)

John Gremillion ... Kestner (voice: English version)
Melissa Davis ... Yoshino (voice: English version)
Quentin Haag ... Arges (voice: English version)
Alice Fulks ... Xander (voice: English version)
Chris Patton ... Yoshitsune (voice: English version)

Kara Greenberg ... Misc. (voice: English version)

Directed by
Shinji Aramaki 
 
Writing credits
Masamune Shirow (characters)

Kiyoto Takeuchi (screenplay)

Todd Weinger  (as Todd W. Russell)

Produced by
Terence Chang .... producer
Joseph Chou .... producer
Jeff Conner .... co-producer
Ikuko Kogiso .... co-producer
Yasue Mochizuki .... co-producer
Lori Tilkin .... co-producer
Hidenori Ueki .... producer
Naoko Watanabe .... producer
John Woo .... producer
 
Original Music by
Haruomi Hosono 
Keigo Oyamada  (as Cornelius)
Tetsuya Takahashi 
 
Production Design by
Shinji Aramaki 
 
Costume Design by
Miuccia Prada 
 
Art Department
Katsuhito Akiyama .... storyboard artist
Shinji Aramaki .... storyboard artist
Kazuyoshi Katayama .... storyboard artist
Seiji Mizushima .... storyboard artist
Atsushi Takeuchi .... storyboard artist: Production I.G
 
Sound Department
Simon Ellegaard .... sound re-recording mixer
Steven Foster .... adr director
 
Stunts
Fumihito Minamitsuji .... stunts: motion capture
 
Other crew
Toyoe Sekita .... motion capture actress: Deunan Knute
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ekusu makina" - Japan (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for action/violence and brief strong language
Runtime:
USA:103 min (DVD version) | Argentina:105 min
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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
"Ex Machina" - Not the future of Anime', but still very entertaining, 11 March 2008
Author: dee.reid from United States

"Appleseed: Ex Machina" is not the future of Japanese Anime' (Japanese animation) but it's still a very entertaining animated feature done in the spirit of its predecessor "Appleseed" (2004), and other classic Anime' such as "Akira" (1988) and "Ghost in the Shell" (1995). It's also wise to not overlook the contributions of American sci-fi like "Blade Runner" (1982), "The Terminator" (1984) and "RoboCop" (1987), with a little helping of "The Matrix" (1999) for extra measure.

"Appleseed: Ex Machina" comes to us from Hong Kong action veteran John Woo and director Shinji Aramaki. It's a continuation of the Manga (Japanese comic book) by Shirow Masamune, who also wrote ye old "Ghost in the Shell." "Ex Machina" is a visually dazzling animated feature from Japan that's almost completely CGI with a little bit of hand-drawn animation and motion-capture work. The story is rich in thematic ideas and intelligence, namely Greek mythology and the unconditional love between humans and machines, but it could have used a little bit more polishing in the character department, allowing "Appleseed: Ex Machina" to rise above above-average storytelling. The characters also seem a little one-dimensional, too.

The film follows the adventures of a paramilitary task force called E.S.W.A.T. and its operations in 2199 Olympus, a futuristic utopia where humans, cyborgs, and bio-engineered human beings called "bioroids" are attempting to live in perfect harmony. However, a series of random terrorist attacks perpetrated by cyborgs and humans alike threaten to throw Olympus into total chaos. As it turns out, these humans and machines have come under the influence of an unknown electronic signal that hacks into their nervous systems and they then become the unwilling servants of a malevolent computerized entity.

Thrown into the action is the plucky female E.S.W.A.T. warrior Deunan Knute and her cyborg lover/partner Briareos as they investigate these bizarre occurrences with the other members of their unit. Things become complicated when a bioroid named Tereus, who resembles Briareous in his human form, joins their unit and threatens to come between their relationship. But these three must put aside their differences to face an even greater threat that promises world destruction in its wake.

From the opening moments of this stunning animated feature, I was pretty drawn in. I can tell that this was a very expensive piece of Anime' from Japan. John Woo's influence is everywhere in "Appleseed: Ex Machina," not limited to dual-wielding weapons and flocks of birds appearing before the action breaks out. Like I said earlier, problems arise with some fairly deficient characters, but with enough action and special effects splashed across the eyes of this viewer, it's only a minor complaint.

Japanese Anime' continues to be a rapidly evolving genre of film-making that shows no signs of going away any time soon. It is clear that more groundbreaking Anime' does need to come out if the genre plans to make a big splash in the West.

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