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Director:
Writers:
Shimako Sato (screenplay)
So Kitamura (novels)
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Release Date:
20 December 2008 (Japan) See more »
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Plot:
Set in a fictional Japanese city in 1949, a master criminal hones in on his latest victim. | Full synopsis »
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Batman and V for Vendetta mashed with Japanese Alternate Reality See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Takeshi Kaneshiro ... Heikichi Endo
Takako Matsu ... Yoko Hashiba
Tôru Nakamura ... Kogoro Akechi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ryôhei Abe
Kanata Hongô ... Yoshio Kobayashi
Yuki Imai ... Shinsuke
Takeshi Kaga ... Mysterious Gentleman
Jun Kaname
Hana Kino
Fumiyo Kohinata
Jun Kunimura ... Genji
Kazuyoshi Kushida
Tôru Masuoka ... Inspector Namikoshi
Yutaka Matsushige
Ayumu Saitô
Kyûsaku Shimada
Reiko Takashima ... Kikuko
Hideji Ôtaki
Edward L. Papazian ... Scientist (uncredited)

Directed by
Shimako Sato  (as Shimako Satô)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
So Kitamura  novels "Kaijin Nijû Mensô Den" and "Kaijin Nijû Mensô Den: Seidô no Majin" (as Sô Kitamura)
Shimako Sato  screenplay (as Shimako Satô)

Produced by
Shuji Abe .... executive producer (as Shûji Abe)
Chikahiro Ando .... producer
Fannie Dai Hong .... line producer: Shanghai
Masaki Koide .... associate producer
Seiji Okuda .... executive producer
Yoshishige Shimatani .... chief executive producer
 
Original Music by
Naoki Satô 
 
Cinematography by
Kôzô Shibasaki 
 
Film Editing by
Ryûji Miyajima 
 
Production Design by
Anri Johjo  (as Anri Jôjô)
Anri Kamijô 
 
Art Direction by
Shinsuke Kojima 
 
Makeup Department
Kakusei Fujiwara .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Gô Abe .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Kenji Shibasaki .... sound effects
Hitoshi Tsurumaki .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Kiyoko Shibuya .... visual effects supervisor
Takashi Yamazaki .... special thanks: visual effects
 
Stunts
Tatsuro Koike .... action director
Oleg Krasnyanskiy .... stunt coordinator
 
Other crew
Jason Gray .... translator
Zhu Han Ying Harry .... production coordinator: Shanghai
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"K-20: Kaijin nijû mensô den" - Japan (original title)
"K-20: Legend of the Mask" - International (English title) (festival title)
"K-20: Legend of the Mysterious Person Twenty Faces" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
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137 min
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Batman and V for Vendetta mashed with Japanese Alternate Reality, 2 August 2009
Author: Chung Mo from NYC

Quite frankly I dislike most of the Hollywood comic to screen adaptations that have been made possible with high budget CGI and motion control. The most positive thing about a cheaply made film is that either the makers deliver shoddy goods (nearly every SciFi Channel movie) or they focus on story, drama and comedy which can result in the most satisfying movie.

K-20 inhabits a world that's very familiar to comic book readers, alternate history what-if. Here the Japanese have avoided WW2 and have evolved into a strange combination of the Taisho era with the totalitarian leanings of the Showa with technology seemingly mired in the 1920's even though the film is set in the late 1940's. German is used instead of English when a universal language is needed. The film revolves around a Japanese invention that finally brings Tesla's dream of wireless energy to fruition. Unfortunately it can also be used as an extremely powerful weapon.

The look of the film is excellent and the effects are, as others have pointed out, very good and well conceived. But that is true of many other big budget films like this. What makes this film different is the drama that fleshes out the fantasy. It's not perfect, some of the acting is old-school over-acting, the main characters are very familiar to anyone with familiarity with Japanese entertainment especially the Duke's daughter. And there are some moments that strain the viewer's credibility but The Dark Knight had moments like that as well. Overall the film ended and I had enjoyed myself.

There are way worse ways to spend your time, (The Spirit anyone?) hopefully this film will see a wide release.

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