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Wicked City (1987)

Yôjû toshi (original title)
Unrated | | Animation, Fantasy, Horror | 20 August 1993 (USA)
Two agents - a lady-killer human and a voluptuous demon - attempt to protect a signatory to a peace ceremony between the human world and the "Black World" from radicalized demons.


Yoshiaki Kawajiri


Hideyuki Kikuchi (novel) (as Hideyuki Kikuti), Yoshiaki Kawajiri (screenplay) (as Kisei Choo) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Yûsaku Yara ... Renzaburo Taki (voice)
Toshiko Fujita ... Makie (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ... Giuseppe Mayart (voice)
Takeshi Aono ... Shadow (voice)
Mari Yokô Mari Yokô ... Kanako / Spider Woman (voice)
Tamio Ôki Tamio Ôki ... Hotelier (voice)
Kôji Totani ... Jin (voice)
Yasuo Muramatsu Yasuo Muramatsu ... President (voice)
Kazuhiko Kishino Kazuhiko Kishino ... Healer (voice)
Arisa Andô Arisa Andô ... Prostitute (voice)
Asami Mukaidono Asami Mukaidono ... Temptress (voice)
Ikuya Sawaki Ikuya Sawaki ... Ken (voice)
Masato Hirano Masato Hirano ... Monk (voice)
Gregory Snegoff ... Taki (USA dub) (voice) (as Greg Snegoff)
Mike Reynolds ... Mayart (USA dub) (voice)


There has been peace between the worlds of the mortals and the supernatural for centuries, but the balance is now being threatened. The Radical elements from the Supernatural world are crossing over into the mortal universe for the purpose of destroying the peace forever! Written by Anonymous

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From horror master HIDEYUKI KIKUCHI and acclaimed director YOSHIAKI KAWAJIRI See more »


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Did You Know?


An Image of Taki firing his service revolver appeared on T-shirts printed by the non-Anime related clothing company Ripple Junction in 1997. See more »


Joe, the bartender in the Manga UK dub (called Ken in other versions), calls Kanako "Kinako". See more »


[first lines]
Taki Renzaburo: [narrating] We live in an era when our cities are armed with steel and concrete. Computers and electronics barricade our minds. It doesn't change the fact that there exist a lot of strange phenomenon, bizarre beyond reason, or logic. Most folks just don't see them. That's because we cling to order - to any tiny happiness that comes our way, and we bust our humps to blind ourselves with our desires and our pleasures. There's a world of darkness out there, beyond time or space... a ...
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Alternate Versions

The Streamline Pictures version replaces the original panning shot of Tokyo during the end credits with stills from the film, due to the studio being unable to obtain a textless version of the end credits. This print was also used for Urban Vision's DVD, while Discotek Media's recent re-release uses a Japanese print, with the Streamline credits being available as a special feature. See more »


References The Thing (1982) See more »


It's Not Easy
Lyrics by Hitomi Tooyama
Composed by Yoshihiro Ida
Arranged by Seiichi Kyouda
Sung by Hitomi Tooyama
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User Reviews

Excellent anime & storyline!
21 October 2005 | by fluna1030See all my reviews

This was my 1st. full-length anime motion picture I have ever seen, & ranks as one of my favorites! Taking place in the future, our hero, Taki who by day is an electrical salesman, & by night, a "Black Guard", is asked by his superiors to guard without failure a known senior negotiator, Mr. Guiseppe Mayart & to make sure he is at a treaty signing, & will be working with a partner, a "Black Guard" from the "Black World"....a female named "Makie". Together, they experience various situations from other renegade members of the Black World that try to thwart the treaty signing. What Taki & Makie don't know is that their pairing up from both worlds to protect Mr. Mayart has more that one objective, which makes sense later. What I liked about Wicked City is not just the storyline, but the anime itself. What I mean here is that this feature was "hand done" & not by computer, which is why it looks different from other anime features. NOTE: Unless your kids are of age, this anime is by all means not for the young ones. Aside from the "adult" parts, Wicked City is Excellent anime entertainment, which I am sure you'll enjoy!

PS.: Happy Birthday, IMDb! & May you have many more!

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