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King of Thorn (2009)

Ibara no O (original title)
A virus begins to grip the Earth's population and a group of hopeful survivors are cryogenically frozen in attempt to find a cure. But when the group awakens they are flung into a horrifying situation.

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Kana Hanazawa ...
Kasumi Ishiki (voice)
Toshiyuki Morikawa ...
Marco Owen (voice)
Eri Sendai ...
Shizuku Ishiki (voice)
Sayaka Ohara ...
Katherine Turner (voice)
Akiko Yajima ...
Timothy Laisenbach (voice)
Kenji Nomura ...
Ron Portman (voice)
Shin'ichirô Miki ...
Peter Stevens (voice)
Kôsei Hirota ...
Alexandro Pecchino (voice)
Ayako Kawasumi ...
Laura Owen (voice)
Misaki Kuno ...
Alice Roznovski (voice)
Yoshinori Fujita ...
Walter (voice)
Tsutomu Isobe ...
Ivan Coral Vega (voice)
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A mysterious virus, nicknamed Medusa, is spreading around Japan, turning its victims into stone. Given the impossibility of finding an immediate cure, the government opts for cryopreserving a select group of patients until they come up with a solution. Kasumi, one of the chosen ones, has been asleep for years and her awakening, more than a bed of roses, is a bed of thorns, and happens in the midst of total chaos where monstrous creatures lie in wait all around. Based on Yuji Iwahara's manga by the same name, King of Thorn puts animated images to a sensational cross between Aliens and the series Lost. Enigmatic and highly explosive. Written by Sitges International Film Festival of Catalunya

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When looking at the computers in the security room, "October" is misspelled as "Octorber". See more »

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Marco: Even if you a struck by an indescribable loneliness. Go on and turn into somebody, who can comfort others.
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Ultimately confusing and boring despite a promising start
13 September 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This anime feature started well, with a story about a mystery virus that turns people to stone starts sweeping the planet. A select few are chosen to be put into a cryogenic sleep until a cure can be found. When they wake up suddenly it seems that years have passed and something terrible has gone wrong.

The early scenes were quite good but once they awoke the film steered into a new area, which didn't work as well. Ideas of dreams and alternate realities abounded and became very confusing as the few survivors try to escape monsters and find their way out of the castle among a sea of massive thorns. This blend of fiction and fantasy just didn't work for me, using so many ideas and notions left me bored and confused, not entirely sure what was happening or really caring. I was also annoyed by scenes at the start where none Japanese characters spoke Japanese, with no hint to their native language, it might be a Japanese film, but that seemed a pointless choice.

There are some nice animation sequences and some slight humour through the character of the young boy who compares everything that happens to computer games. However this is one anime film that is not worth the effort.


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