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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:
Teslapunk superhero movie done right 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
 
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
 
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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Runtime:
137 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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19 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Teslapunk superhero movie done right, 30 January 2009
Author: Paolo A. Gardinali from United States

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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