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K-20: The Fiend with Twenty Faces (2008)

K-20: Kaijin nijû mensô den (original title)
Set in a fictional Japanese city in 1949, a master criminal hones in on his latest victim.

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(as Shimako Satô)

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(novels) (as Sô Kitamura), (screenplay) (as Shimako Satô)
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Heikichi Endo
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Yoko Hashiba
Tôru Nakamura ...
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Yoshio Kobayashi
Yûki Imai ...
Shinsuke (as Yuki Imai)
Takeshi Kaga ...
Mysterious Gentleman
Eiji Kakutani
Jun Kaname
Hana Kino
Fumiyo Kohinata
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Genji
Kazuyoshi Kushida
Tôru Masuoka ...
Inspector Namikoshi
Yutaka Matsushige
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Set in a fictional Japanese city in 1949, a master criminal hones in on his latest victim.

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The names Akechi and Hashiba may have roots in the historic Azuchi-Momoyama period. Akechi was a general who betrayed his overlord, Oda Nobunaga, and tried to become shogun. Hashiba was a son of Oda who joined in the battle to punish Akechi. See more »

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Japan has avoided World War Two. But nothing is said about the Sino-Japanese war. Began formally in 1937, but including earlier events like the occupation of Manchuria in 1932. See more »

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Teslapunk superhero movie done right
30 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

K-20 was the most fun I had in a movie theater in a long time. Yes, there are deeper movies, and definitely more expensive ones, especially on this side of the ocean. But K-20 kicks Spiderman's butt (or any other recent costumed hero movie) any day of the week. Special effects are there, but this is first of all a movie about people.

Set in an alternate 1949, where Word War II never happened, K-20 takes place in a poorer Japan, that bears many signs of the alliance with the Reich. The sets are very well done, imagine a steampunk Blade Runner mixed with post-Dickens, post-Industrial revolution London. This is Teito, the capital of Japan, where orphans roams the streets and the Imperial aristocracy rules with fear and armed men. One ruthless vigilante roams the streets (well, perhaps the roofs): K-20, who in spite of his professed Robin Hoodism is less than loved by the population, who'd rather root for his arch-enemy, the aristocrat Inspector Akechi. Yet K-20 is not the main character here: the hero is Heikichi Endo, who is framed for the crimes of K-20, beaten and imprisoned. How he will be able to escape, clear his name (and save the world, in passing) keeps you glued to your seat for the over two hours and fifteen minutes of the movie.

The retro atmosphere reminded me a little of Chabon's Kavalier & Clay, if a movie could ever do it justice. Parkour lovers will definitely enjoy the antics of the hero in training. Everyone else, manga fan or not, will have fun.


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