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009-1: The End of the Beginning (2013)

Marking the 75th anniversary of his birth, Shotaro Ishinomori's classic spy heroine manga "009-1" has been adapted into a live-action motion picture for the first time ever.

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(as Kôichi Sakamoto)

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(manga), (as Kei'ichi Hasegawa)
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Complete credited cast:
Mayuko Iwasa ...
Cyborg 009-1
Minehiro Kinomoto ...
Chris
Nao Nagasawa ...
Mother
Mao Ichimichi ...
Cherise
Aya Sugimoto ...
Dr. Klein
Hirotarô Honda
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020, Boss of Agent 009-1
Ryôhei Abe ...
Stinger
Shizuka Midorikawa ...
Butterfly
Kazutoshi Yokoyama ...
SMA Officer
Mami Abe ...
020's Secretary
Sanae Hitomi ...
Eastern Bloc Agent #1
Ayumi Shimozono ...
Eastern Bloc Agent #2
Minami Tsukui ...
Eastern Bloc Agent #3
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In 20xx, the world is divided into two powers: the Western Block and the Eastern Block. Serving as a border zone between the two is "J-Country." As such, it is used as a battleground for the two sides in their never-ending conflict. Mylene, an undercover agent from the western block, has been hiding out in J-Country. While investigating human trafficking, she meets a young man named Chris. Mylene finds herself attracted to Chris and after completing her mission and returning to headquarters she is unable to keep him out of her mind. "Recover Dr. Klein and see to her protection!" is the newest mission assigned to Mylene from the 00 agency. Abducted by the Eastern Block, Dr. Klein was in charge of the Faust Project and the technology that made Mylene into a cyborg. During the briefing for the mission she puzzles over a name that sparks memories buried within her cyborg mind. "Recover Dr. Klein and see to her protection!" is the newest mission assigned to Mylene from the 00 ... Written by Nikkatsu Corporation

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Cyborg 009-1: [narrating] The world is divided. A Western Bloc, and an Eastern Block. These superpowers, locked in cold war, face off across a Pacific border zone: J-Country. Once a global economic force, goods shortages and income inequality have worsened together with political, religious, and ethnic crises, creating an underground economy. The balance of power between East and West rests on information gathered by spies in J-Country.
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The monster inside.
23 December 2016 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Sometimes the idea is better then the execution. While slickly presented, the overdone plotting within a very small time frame makes it feel like a disconnected mess. That's the issue regarding the shot-on-video adaptation of 1970s spy manga "009-1: The End of the Beginning".

A beautiful, but deadly cyborg spy 009-1 tries to rescue the doctor who made her a cyborg, but on this mission she begins to discover things of her past.

It doesn't waste any time on filler, but it just feels shallow trying to squeeze a lot in. Therefore the development and emotional context loses out. Contrived story-telling involving twists and turns alongside jaded flashbacks don't have the impact as they should. Maybe this is due to the low-end budget, but certain things felt lazy and half- baked. Just like the computer effects.

Now where it didn't lose focus, was the action. This remains non- stop and bloody, as it showers the screen with fireworks. They really do punch away, other times it's over-the-top and there's some bite. But the use of special effects in those scenes do become tiring, as well long-winded. Still there are some surprises, despite the run-of-the-mill set-up. You could say it does get hot and bothered, just look at those sexy outfits and the sensual teasing. Strangely enough, it's part of the story.

The cast don't have too much to work with material-wise, but psychically it's a different story. Performances are stereotypical all round, but the stunning Mayuko Iwasa fits right at home as 009- 1. She brings the right temperament to her character, as her humane compassion starts to break away that ice-cold killing machine instinct.


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