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Release Date:
9 February 2010 (USA) See more »
Plot:
Dante journeys through the nine circles of Hell -- limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery -- in search of his true love, Beatrice. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Graham McTavish ... Dante (voice)

Vanessa Branch ... Beatrice (voice)

Steve Blum ... Lucifer (voice)

Peter Jessop ... Virgil (voice)

Mark Hamill ... Alighiero (voice)

Victoria Tennant ... Bella (voice)

Bart McCarthy ... Filippo Argenti (voice)

Kevin Michael Richardson ... Phlegyas / King Minos (voice)

John Paul Karliak ... The Avenger (voice)
Tom Tate ... Francesco (voice)

J. Grant Albrecht ... Ciacco / Farinata Uberti (voice)

Nika Futterman ... Female Prisoner (voice)
Charlotte Cornwell ... Nessus / Lust Minion #3 (voice)

Vanessa Marshall ... Female Sinner / Lust Minion #2 (voice)

Grey DeLisle ... Lust Minion #1 (voice)

H. Richard Greene ... Socrates / King Richard I (voice)

Greg Ellis ... Plato (voice)
Shelly O'Neill ... Child (voice)

Nicholas Guest ... Demon Priest (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stephen Apostolina ... (voice)

Jay Beyers ... The Damned (voice)
Wendy Cutler ... (voice)
Lia Sargent ... (voice)

Mark Sussman ... (voice)

David Zyler ... (voice) (as Dave Zyler)

Directed by
Victor Cook 
Mike Disa 
Sang-Jin Kim 
Shûkô Murase 
Jong-Sik Nam 
Lee Seung-Gyu 
 
Writing credits
Dante Alighieri (poem)

Jonathan Knight (based on the video game by)

Brandon Auman  screenplay

Produced by
Kum Nam Cho .... line producer
Carin Davis .... development executive
Mike Disa .... supervising producer
Joe Goyette .... producer
Maria Hae-Ran Ha .... line producer
Chung Hyun .... producer
Mitsuhisa Ishikawa .... producer
Lee Jonggil .... line producer
Tôru Kawaguchi .... producer: Production I.G (as Toru Kawaguchi)
Shinwan Kim .... line producer
Taesoo Kim .... producer: Big Star
Shinichirô Kobayashi .... producer: Manglobe
Takashi Kôchiyama .... producer: Manglobe (as Takashi Kochiyama)
Cate Latchford .... producer: Visceral Games
Sera Lee .... line producer
Joung Mee .... executive producer
Jim Wyatt .... associate producer
Cho Yongjoo .... producer
 
Original Music by
Christopher Tin 
 
Cinematography by
Eiji Arai (director of photography: Production I.G)
Kazuhiro Yamada (director of photography: Manglobe)
 
Film Editing by
Bill Chernega 
John Hoyos 
 
Art Direction by
Young Sam Joo 
Dima Malanitchev 
Tomoaki Okada 
Eiji Wakamatsu 
 
Art Department
Kevin Altieri .... storyboard artist: Film Roman
Jin Seok Choi .... art layout: MOI Animation
Takako Ito .... color checker: Manglobe
Hoon Jung .... storyboard artist
Jaehyung Kim .... storyboard artist
Sangjin Kim .... storyboard artist
Shinichi Kojima .... background art: Manglobe
Joey Mason .... color key: Film Roman
Dongyeon Moon .... storyboard artist
Jong-Sik Nam .... storyboard artist
You-Won Paeng .... storyboard artist
Min Park .... storyboard artist
Chuck Patton .... storyboard artist: Film Roman
Youko Saito .... color checker: Manglobe
Youko Saito .... color supervisor: Manglobe
Yuko Saitou .... color designer: Manglobe
Lee Seunggyu .... storyboard artist
Ayako Shirase .... background art: Manglobe
Mika Sugawara .... color designer: Production I.G
Reiko Takahashi .... background art: Manglobe
Yuuho Taniuchi .... art designer: Production I.G
Michie Watanabe .... background art: Manglobe
Tomoe Yoshimura .... color checker: Manglobe
 
Sound Department
Fil Brown .... re-recording mixer
John Cevetello .... sound designer
Melissa Ellis .... re-recording mixer
Walter Gonzalez .... tape room operator
Robert Poole II .... sound designer
Felix Sanchez .... sound designer
Felix Sanchez .... sound effects editor
Marc Schmidt .... sound designer
Marc Schmidt .... special sound designer
 
Visual Effects by
Brent M. Bowen .... visual effects
Steven Fahey .... compositing supervisor
 
Animation Department
Nozomu Abe .... animator: Producton I.G
Kei Ajiki .... animator: Production I.G (as Kei Anjiki)
Kazunori Akiyama .... animator: Production I.G
Koichi Arai .... animator: Production I.G (as Kouichi Arai)
John Cataldi .... animation timer: Film Roman
Hoon Chul Choi .... animator (as Hoon-Chul Choi)
Victor Cook .... animation director
Kotomi Deai .... assistant animation director: Manglobe
Kenji Fujisaki .... animator: Manglobe
Hisaki Furukawa .... animator: Production I.G
Ryota Furukawa .... animator: Manglobe
Richard J. Gasparian .... animation timer
Greg Guler .... mouth charts: Film Roman
Satoshi Hashimoto .... animator: Production I.G
Takefumi Hashitomi .... in-between animator: Manglobe
Shin'ichi Iimura .... animator: Manglobe (as Shinichi Imura)
Dai Imaoka .... secondary key animator: Manglobe
Fujio Inose .... animator: Manglobe
Nobutaka Ito .... animator: Manglobe
Yûki Itô .... animator: Production I.G (as Yuuki Itoh)
Hoon Jung .... animator
Shinpei Kamada .... animator: Manglobe
Hitoshi Kamata .... animator: Production I.G
Sun-Ki Kang .... animation director: Manglobe
Akiko Kawazoe .... secondary key animator: Manglobe
Gordon Kent .... animation timer: Film Roman
Jin Sung Kim .... animator (as Jin-Sung Kim)
Sang-Jin Kim .... animation director
Seiji Kishimoto .... animator: Production I.G
Seiji Kishimoto .... key animation supervisor: Production I.G
Genichiro Kondo .... animator: Production I.G
Keiichi Kondo .... animator: Production I.G
Tsukasa Kotobuki .... character designer: Production I.G
Shoko Kushibiki .... in-between animator: Manglobe
Yôko Kutsusawa .... animator: Manglobe
Jae-Ui Kwak .... animator
Yoshiaki Kyôgoku .... animator: Production I.G (as Yoshiaki Kyougoku)
Jae-Jung Lee .... animator
Seung Kyu Lee .... animation director
Masako Matsumoto .... animator: Manglobe
Kenny McGill .... background designer
Yukihiro Miyaji .... in-between animator: Manglobe
Satoshi Miyoshi .... in-between animator: Manglobe
Tatsuya Mizuno .... in-between animator: Manglobe
Tetsurô Moronuki .... animator: Production I.G
Shûkô Murase .... animation director: Manglobe (as Shukou Murase)
Shûkô Murase .... animator: Manglobe
Shûkô Murase .... key animation supervisor: Manglobe
Mitsunori Murata .... animator: Production I.G
Takashi Muratan .... animator: Manglobe
Hisafumi Nakahara .... animator: Production I.G
Mitsunobu Nakamura .... animator: Production I.G
Seiichi Nakatani .... animator: Production I.G
Jong-Sik Nam .... animation director
Jong-Sik Nam .... character designer
Akiko Obara .... animator: Manglobe
Nobutoshi Ogura .... animator: Production I.G
Yaushi Ohara .... animator: Production I.G
Yasutake Okawara .... animator: Production I.G
Yôsuke Okuda .... animator: Production I.G (as Yousuke Okuda)
Chan-Young Park .... animator
Jae-Young Park .... animator
Jeff Purves .... background designer
Ki Hyun Ryu .... character designer
Yutaka Sakamoto .... inbetween checker: Production I.G
Atsuko Sasaki .... animator: Manglobe
Mariko Sasaki .... inbetween checker: Manglobe
Naruhito Sekikawa .... animator: Production I.G
Miyoko Shikibu .... secondary key animator
Hiroshi Shimizu .... animator: Manglobe
Jae-Ik Shin .... animator
Tomohiro Shinoda .... animator: Production I.G
Myoung Smith .... animation checker: Film Roman
Shizu Taira .... secondary key animator: Manglobe
Akira Takada .... animator: Production I.G
Iwao Teraoka .... animator: Manglobe
Yûga Tokuno .... animator: Production I.G (as Yug Tokuno)
Takashi Torii .... animator: Production I.G
Kei Tsunematsu .... assistant animation director: Manglobe
Minoru Ueda .... animator: Production I.G
Masaharu Uemura .... animator: Production I.G
Shota Ueno .... secondary key animator: Manglobe
Yasuomi Umetsu .... animation director
Akane Umezu .... animator: Manglobe
George Villaflor .... background designer
Yuko Yamada .... animator: Production I.G
Dong Joo Yang .... animator (as Dong-Joo Yang)
Takanori Yao .... animator: Manglobe
 
Editorial Department
Steffie Lucchesi .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Charles Adler .... voice director
Peter Baghdassarian .... business and legal affairs
Matthew Berkowitz .... development assistant
Christopher Davis .... business and legal affairs
Daniel Einhorn .... production executive assistant
Erin Eunsung Kim .... production coordinator
Rob Renshaw .... production accountant
Yvette Thomassian .... business and legal affairs
 
Thanks
Kimberly Bitsui .... special thanks
Kevin J. Carney .... special thanks
Tammy Crosby .... special thanks
Nick Earl .... special thanks
Frank Gibeau .... special thanks
James Hudson .... special thanks
Clarissa Jacobson .... special thanks
Phil Marineau .... special thanks
Zach Mumbach .... special thanks
Michael Quigley .... special thanks
Craig Rechenmacher .... special thanks
John Riccitiello .... special thanks
Larry Smith .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, nudity and some sexual content
Runtime:
84 min | USA:88 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)
Certification:
Australia:MA | Canada:18A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (VHS/DVD rating) | Singapore:M18 | USA:R

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Graham McTavish and Vanessa Branch were the voices of Dante and Beatrice in the video game and also provided the voices of Dante and Beatrice in the film, which the film was released simultaneously with the video game.See more »
Quotes:
Lucifer:Even the purist souls can be corrupted. Dante is not the man you once knew.
Beatrice:You did this to him. You corrupted his heart.
Lucifer:I've had no need to influence humanity for many millennium idea. I simply introduced sin. Men is the one who has spreaded it like a disease; cultivating it, empowering it.
Beatrice:It is not our fault, none of it. Men is good.
Lucifer:No, you don't understand. The earth is another form of hell, and men are its demons.
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Movie Connections:
Spin off from Dante's Inferno (2010) (VG)See more »

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19 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Blazes A trail of Blood and Guts. So full of Fiery Passion but fizzles near the end, 11 February 2010
Author: xamtaro from http://thexamtaroshowvault.blogspot.sg

How far would you go to save the soul of an innocent loved one? Would you travel to the very depths of hell(or "the inferno" as it is referred to in this show) to slay the devil himself? Dante's Inferno, an anime movie adapted from the video game(itself inspired by the classic "Divine Comedy" by Dante Alighieri) chronicles the epic journey of the titular troubled Knight, a veteran of the Bloody Christian Crusade, who returns home to find his wife murdered and her soul spirited away by the devil Lucifer. Claiming to have been steadfast in his faith and his love for his wife, Beatrice, Dante travels through the nine levels of Hell, guided by the spirit of Virgil the poet, to challenge all sorts of horrors beyond imagination just to return her to salvation. But perhaps the greatest horror lies within Dante himself and the sins of his past that he so vehemently denies.

Like most anime adapted from video games, the story is a straight forward tale for which its only purpose is to conveniently propel Dante from one level of Hell to the next. True to the spirit of a video game, each level of Hell has its own blade fodder troops and "stage boss". Throughout the linear and somewhat simplistic main story, the more intriguing back-story is fleshed out in flashbacks. It seemed that Lucifer challenged Beatrice to a bet that Dante would never betray her trust or fall into sin while he was away fighting the war. Naturally The pure-hearted Beatrice, so full of faith in her husband, accepted that bet with her soul as the prize. As the show progresses and as Dante gets nearer to his goal, Lucifer delights in utterly shattering Beatrice's faith first in God, then in mankind and ultimately in her husband who's sinful past deeds are stitched to his chest in the form of a blood red cross.

Animated by 5 animation studios and 6 directors, Dante's Inferno no doubt suffers from some inconsistency. Film roman's work opens the movie and where it lacks in artistic detail, it makes up for it by having the most fluid character movements in the whole film. Designs maintain the simpler contemporary western animation style similar to other Direct-to-Video animated movies like Planet Hulk yet preserves the game's dark gritty setting. Upon entering the level of Limbo, Studio Manglobe(famous for their work on Samurai Champloo) takes over animation with director Shukou Murase (whose works include animation design for Gundam Wing and directing the anime series Ergo Proxy) at the helm. Boasting the most incredible amount of art detail, a nightmarish Gothic feel and great looking character designs, Manglobe's segment is impressive to behold. No small cutesy characters, big kawaii eyes or bright cheery colors that so many Japanese productions suffer from.

From gritty Gothic the show transits to the amazing animated visuals of Dong Woo Animation (justice League Unlimited, Masters of the Universe 2002) and director Jong Sik-Nam(Batman Gotham Knight: Deadshot). Balancing beautiful artwork with slick animation, a leaner meaner Dante slashes through the levels of "Lust", "Gluttony" and "Anger" which are rendered in a stylish American graphic novel look not unlike 2009's "Tales of the Black Freighter" from Warner. Sadly from here on, the animation takes a slow dive in quality.

JM animation handles the next 2 segments and one thing they can never get right is the mouth movements of characters. The first segment, taking place in the level of "Violence", boasts a buff, muscular Dante and a stylized design more suited for a Saturday morning action anime than a dark gritty horror piece. At this point even the story, which started off like a blazing bonfire, starts to sputter and ebb. This is followed by the level of "Fraud", supposedly the start of the film's climax. But by now, the story has descended so much into a brainless hack and slash that the ultimate resolution to the climax is a big letdown. Complex and intriguing themes that were hinted upon earlier in the film are discarded in favor of moving the action along. For example, the running theme of repentance and forgiveness is trivialized into a kind of "magic spell" that can redeem lost souls by waving a silver cross at them.

Lastly, Dante's Inferno goes out with a sad fizzle thanks to a sub-par rush job by Production I.G. It boggles the mind how the studio responsible for Ghost in The Shell, Sky Crawlers and other beautifully animated productions could turn up such a thing. The final showdown with Lucifer is an appropriate closure for Dante's spiritual journey but the animation presented is only mediocre, the artwork simplistic and the character designs, laughable. Dante is now a disproportionately wide oaf who looks more fat than muscular and Lucifer himself conjures up memories of some lost Digimon.

Not many may appreciate the unnecessarily convoluted narrative or the inconsistent visual styles. The characters tend to fall into hero/damsel/villain/hero's guide stereotypes even though the stellar voice cast play their roles with such burning passion. On first viewing, Dante's Inferno may satisfy fans of violent horror anime like Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust or Hellsing. The bloody action never fails to please though the more conservative types may be put off by the religious musings and sexually graphic visuals (that level is not called "Lust" for nothing). It might seem like all style over substance at first but if one were to read in between the lines, Dante's Inferno presents a tragic tale of love, loss, faith and redemption; unoriginal themes for sure but themes that anyone can easily relate to.

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