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Redline -- An action drama centered on a deadly racing tournament held every five years and the reckless dare-devil driver who wants to win it.
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Akin to "Speed Racer" on acid? Maybe even acid on acid? I don't know, but this film sure is incredible See more (18 total) »


  (in credits order)
Takuya Kimura ... JP (voice)

Yû Aoi ... Sonoshee (voice)

Tadanobu Asano ... Frisbee (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Akemi ... (voice)
Mark Allen Jr. ... (voice: English version)
Takeshi Aono ... (voice)
Christine Marie Cabanos ... Child (voice: English version)
Doug Erholtz ... Titan (voice: English version)

Michael Forest ... Inuki (voice: English version) (as Alfred Thor)
Tatsuya Gashûin ... (voice)
Erika Harlacher ... Flight Attendant (voice: English version)

Kyle Hebert ... Big Deyzuna (voice: English version)
Ken'yû Horiuchi ... Titan (voice)
Kôji Ishii ... (voice)
Unshô Ishizuka ... (voice)
Steve Kramer ... Old Man Mole (voice: English version)
Lauren Landa ... Boiboi (voice: English version)
Raymond D. Lavallee ... Todoroki (voice: English version)
Wendee Lee ... Clerk (voice: English version)

David Lodge ... President (voice: English version)
Dave Mallow ... Announcer (voice: English version)

Michael McConnohie ... Tetsuzin (voice: English version)
Amanda Céline Miller ... Additional Voices

Cutter Mitchell ... Todoroki (voice: English version) (as Cutter Garcia)
Kenta Miyake ... (voice)
Yoshiyuki Morishita ... Shinkai (voice)
Joey Morris ... Trava (voice: English version)
Yûichi Nagashima ... (voice)

Liam O'Brien ... Frisbee
Yoshinori Okada ... (voice)
Tony Oliver ... Shinkai (voice: English version)
Laura Post ... Bosbos (voice: English version)
Jamieson Price ... Void Do (voice: English version)
Derek Stephen Prince ... Little Deyzuna (voice: English version)

Sam Riegel ... Miki (voice: English version)
David Roach ... Johnny Boya (voice: English version)
Michelle Ruff ... Sonoshee (voice: English version)
Patrick Seitz ... JP (voice: English version)
Victor Sgroi ... Reporter (voice: English version)
Christopher Corey Smith ... Bookie (voice: English version)
Paul St. Peter ... Gori Rider (voice: English version) (as George C. Cole)
Joe Thomas ... (voice)
Kanji Tsuda ... Trava (voice)

John White ... Lynchman (voice: English version)
Jason Wishnov ... Additional Voices

Directed by
Takeshi Koike 
Writing credits
Katsuhito Ishii (original story)

Katsuhito Ishii (screenplay) &
Yoji Enokido (screenplay) &
Yoshiki Sakurai (screenplay)

Produced by
Masahiro Fukushima .... executive producer
Daisuke Kimura .... associate producer
Yukiko Koike .... producer
Kentaro Yoshida .... producer
Original Music by
James Shimoji 
Sound Department
Katsuhito Ishii .... sound director
Justin Kohler .... recording engineer
Tsuneo Marui .... sound mixer
Noriyuki Sakamoto .... sound effects
Austin Shannon .... sound
Yoji Shimizu .... sound director
Ricardo Watson .... sound editor (english version)
Animation Department
Kim Jin Ah .... digital paint artist (as Kim A Jin)
Dong-wook Baek .... digital paint artist (as Baek Dong Wook)
Hee-kyoung Choi .... digital paint artist (as Choi Hee Kyoung)
Ki-Jeong Choi .... digital paint artist (as Choi Ki Jeong)
Young Sun Choi .... digital paint artist (as Choi Young Sun)
Kyung-Ai Chung .... digital paint artist (as Chung Kyung Ai)
Hye Ra Jung .... digital paint artist (as Jung Hye Ra)
Su Hyun Jung .... digital paint artist (as Jung Su Hyun)
Yoshiaki Kawajiri .... key animator
Min Ju Kim .... digital paint artist (as Kim Min Ju)
Seo Jung Kim .... digital paint artist (as Kim Seo Jung)
Kyoung Ran Ku .... digital paint artist (as Ku Kyoung Ran)
Jeong-eun Lee .... digital paint artist (as Lee Jeong Eun)
Nam Hee Lee .... digital paint artist (as Lee Nan Hee)
Hyo Sun Park .... digital paint artist (as Park Hyo Sun)
Jung-ah Park .... digital paint artist (as Park Jeong Ah)
Yun Hee Park .... digital paint artist (as Park Yun Hee)
Song-hee Seo .... digital paint artist (as Seo Sung Hee)
Hye Mi Shin .... digital paint artist (as Shin Hye Mi)
Jeong Ah Yim .... digital paint artist (as Yim Jeong Ah)
Other crew
Christine Marie Cabanos .... production assistant: English version
Masao Maruyama .... planning
Alex Von David .... voice director

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Akin to "Speed Racer" on acid? Maybe even acid on acid? I don't know, but this film sure is incredible, 25 October 2011
Author: EclecticEnnui from Toronto, Canada

Those comparisons actually aren't mine. I saw "Redline" courtesy of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival and the presenter used those comparisons. A video presentation was also shown of writer Katsuhito Ishii when he was in the city not too long ago. If he attended the screening and did a Q&A, I bet there would've been a question on drug use for coming up with the story or making the film. It's f**king crazy and bizarre. It's also f**king well-made.

What's it about? My story depiction probably won't exactly tell you the madness you'll be getting into, unfortunately. You'd really have to see it for yourself. Anyway, it's an anime set in a futuristic universe involving people and anthropomorphic creatures racing in vehicles on different planets. I can't really describe any of the anthropomorphic creatures in the film. Maybe some are aliens and some are animals or animal-like? Those are my best guesses. Our protagonist is JP, a male racer with funky-looking hair who tends to be laid-back when he's not racing. After losing a race called the Yellowline, a precursor to the famous no holds barred Redline, it seems like it's over for him. However, he qualifies for the Redline, anyway, which is being held on a planet where its government violently opposes the race. I can hear "The Imperial March" playing in my head when it comes to them. JP, being the daredevil that he is, participates in the big race that's the final scene for the film. Yeah, it's a cliché, but it feels minor to me, especially for this particular film. Added to the story is a nice relationship with JP and Sonoshee, a female racer.

"Redline" was in the works for seven years, as I've recently learned. Wow. I, for one, certainly don't think those years went to waste. The heavily detailed animation is sweet eye candy. Unlike the live action "Speed Racer" film, "Redline" was never overwhelming to look at. In fact, because I had to read its English subtitles, I wish I could've understood Japanese so I could've focused more on the animation. I admittedly had some trouble following the film. There's so much going on and sometimes the subtitles went too fast for me to read. There were a few times where audience members were laughing and I didn't get what was funny. Nonetheless, I did laugh with the audience at times, like when one of the racers on TV is talking with a puppy. Even films that are hard to follow, such as "Inception", can be highly entertaining. On the way home, I laughed to myself over what I just watched. The audience even cheered at least twice. The action is thrilling and that includes the beginning with the Yellowline race despite the lack of characterization. As the film goes on, we do get to know the main characters to a certain extent. JP is likable and down-to-Earth, if you will. There are flashbacks to him as a child, which may also be clichéd, but again, no biggie. Watching the film, I didn't even think of the flashbacks that way.

Looking past the craziness and the animation, does "Redline" have anything meaningful for us to take away? I'm not sure. There could be a moral on leaving a profitable criminal lifestyle, for one. If there's meaning, it's subtle. I can't believe that word comes to mind when this film has a racing vehicle with two breast-shaped windows. "Redline" is probably just utter escapism. Director Takeshi Koike, Katsuhito Ishii, and so on have definitely crafted something memorably wacky. I've never done acid, but I have to wonder what watching this film would be like on that drug. That should probably be best left a mystery.

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