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Wicked City (1987)

Yôjû toshi (original title)
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.

Director:

Yoshiaki Kawajiri

Writers:

Hideyuki Kikuchi (novel) (as Hideyuki Kikuti), Yoshiaki Kawajiri (screenplay) (as Kisei Choo)
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Cast

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 (voice)
Tamio Ohki Tamio Ohki ... 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)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Top agents from opposite worlds: they're the last defense against the anarchy of the Black World. See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

20 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wicked City See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Two English dubs were released: an American version produced and released by Streamline Pictures (later by Urban Vision), and a British version by Manga Entertainment. Both were included on Madman's Australian DVD, and later on Discotek Media's US DVD. See more »

Goofs

The Hotelier calls Giuseppi Mayart "Joseph" while playing chess with Taki in the Manga UK dub. See more »

Quotes

[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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References The Thing (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Not Easy
Lyrics by Hitomi Tooyama
Composed by Yoshihiro Ida
Arranged by Seiichi Kyouda
Sung by Hitomi Tooyama
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Close To Being Kawajiri's Best
3 May 2012 | by WakenPayneSee all my reviews

Yoshiaki Kawajiri Is A MASTER At Anime Films, I Still Have Yet To See One Of His Movies I Give Below 8(Mind You I've Only Seen A Handful; Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust, Highlander The Search For Vengeance, Ninja Scroll & Program(The Animatrix Short)).

I Found Out About This By Looking Up The Trivia To YK And Seeing The Fact That Ninja Scroll, This & Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust(His Best) Are The Three Works He's Most Proud Of, Being As That I Considered Myself A Fan After Only Viewing 4 Of His Films I Decided To Watch It.

This SURPASSES About Every Action Movie From The 1980's, It Had Some Effects That Reminded Me Of "The Thing"(In Particular The Spider Woman Monster).

I Like The Overall Look Of The Film, I Know Its Something Where Most People Are Like "So What?" But It Really Did Give Off A Feeling Of Being Dark And Isolated Which Is Perfect.

I Love How A Plot Can At First Seem So Simple Yet Turn Its Head Around With A Twist (Which Is A Pretty Good Twist).

I Recommend This To ANY Kawajiri Fan Whether You've Been A Fan For Years And Want To Rewatch His First Ever Full Length Movie He Directed Himself Or Your A "Newcomer" To The World Of Kawajiri, I Put This On A Pedistool With Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust As "Must Sees" PS. I Do Know Both Films Were Based On A Novel Written By Hideyuki Kikuchi, So The Next Kawajiri Film On My Watchlist Is Demon City Shinjuku


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