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K-20: Kaijin nijû mensô den
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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 »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Enjoyable film and interesting social document 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)
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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
 
Original Music by
Naoki Sato  (as Naoki Satô)
 
Cinematography by
Kôzô Shibasaki 
 
Film Editing by
Ryuji Miyajima  (as 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
 
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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Runtime:
137 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable film and interesting social document, 14 August 2009
Author: mjstoil-1 from Guam

I've watched this film twice on flights to Japan and enjoyed it on two levels. First, by itself, it is a rousing fun action film--superior to most of the US adaptations from graphic novels. The combination of the CGI vistas with realistic local sets works extremely well: you are reminded that you are in an art deco-influenced alternative reality but the immediate surroundings of squalor in the poverty-stricken lower class sections of the city and opulence in the wealthy neighborhoods are entirely plausible. The action and the fights are great and integrated entirely into the plot, and the performances are solid. The only difficulty is that the identity of the villainous K-20 (and, yes, he IS a villain) is probably too easy to guess, while the hero seems at times too dense.

The second level of enjoyment is how the film contributes to an understanding of Japanese culture. The mixed admiration and dislike for the wealthy artistocratic class who dominated Japan during the early 20th century strongly emerges from the film. The depiction of how Japanese people would react to a spectacular, mysterious criminal was also interesting. I could write more, but perhaps someone should try a serious academic analysis. The bottom line is that its fun to watch--much more fun than The Hulk or V--and, at the same time, it is a uniquely Japanese take on the whole vigilante against an unjust society theme. It is definitely NOT a Japanese "imitation" of anything.

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