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Returner (2002)

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A young woman from the future forces a local gunman to help her stop an impending alien invasion which will wipe out the human race.

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Takashi Yamazaki
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Takeshi Kaneshiro ... Miyamoto
Anne Suzuki ... Milly
Kirin Kiki ... Xie
Gorô Kishitani ... Mizoguchi
Yukiko Okamoto Yukiko Okamoto ... Dr. Yagi
Mitsu Murata Mitsu Murata ... Mizoguchi's Henchman
Kisuke Iida ... Mizoguchi's Henchman
Kazuya Shimizu Kazuya Shimizu ... Mizoguchi's Henchman
Chiharu Kawai Chiharu Kawai ... Liu's Interpreter
Dean Harrington Dean Harrington ... Dr. Brown
Xiaoqun Zhao Xiaoqun Zhao ... Slave Merchant
Masaya Takahashi Masaya Takahashi ... Liu Laoban
Kenji Motomiya Kenji Motomiya ... Mizoguchi's Henchman
Hôshi Ishida Hôshi Ishida ... Shifan (as Hoshi Ishida)
Misako Nagashima Misako Nagashima
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Storyline

In 2084, the mankind is near total annihilation by alien invaders. Milly, a young woman from the Earth resistance, uses a time machine and returns to October, 2002, trying to avoid the beginning of alien invasion and the war. In her arrival in a ship, she is rescued and saved from the Yakuza evil boss Mizoguchi by a hit-man called Miyamot. Using unconventional methods, Milly forces Miyamoto to help her to save the human race. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English | Mandarin

Release Date:

31 August 2002 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Returner See more »

Filming Locations:

Himeji, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,214, 19 October 2003

Gross USA:

$73,060

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,978,256
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The small submachine guns used in the future scenes are FN P90s. See more »

Goofs

During the highway chase when the car is blown into the air and falls back down, the cable that was used by the crane to lift the car up into the air so they could drop it again is visible as the vehicle crashes to the ground. See more »

Quotes

Miyamoto: El dente won't be the same without you
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References Trancers (1984) See more »

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Dig In
Performed by Lenny Kravitz
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Japanese cinema at its best!
27 August 2005 | by el_totobSee all my reviews

I was told by everyone that this movie was awful. Even the critics said it was bad. Then I wanted to check it out by myself! MAN, has everyone lost their mind? This is probably one of the best sci-fi flick I've ever seen! Never saw something that refreshing since Fifth Element.

Of course a lot of people are going to say it is a Matrix rip-off, that the script looks like Terminator or Independence Day, blah blah... Then I'm sure these people didn't watch the same movie I did! Cuz it has nothing to do with these films, AT ALL! It may be futuristic, but it has its own universe, its own way to introduce it to you. Plus, you stay close to the characters, to the very end. Even though the plot is big and takes place on a higher level, you always stay close to the characters life, emotions, motivations and goals. That's what I liked about this movie. It may be sci-fi, but the characters are not so far from any drama movies.

I heard someone saying that the Japanese love to copy American movies. BLASPHEMY! If you look carefully, it's the total opposite. Weren't the Americans the ones who did a remake of Godzilla? Weren't the Americans the ones who did free adaptations of Ringu and Ju-On? Aren't the Americans planning to do a live-action movie of The Transformers? Besides, Matrix IS a Japanese animation *rip-off*. It deliberately got his inspiration from anime such as Ghost in the Shell or X. And if you want good example of innovative Japanese movies, I recommend to you Akira Kurosawa's, even though it has nothing to do with sci-fi.

Anyways, Returner is a must see to all sci-fi fans and to all Japanese movies and animation lovers. I can guarantee you a good time if you watch it *open-minded* and if you put aside the *rip-off* crap we've been so fed about.

9 out of 10


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