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Roots Search (1986)

Roots Search: Shokushin buttai X (original title)
A research crew in deep space discovers a desolate ship that warps into their area, they encounter the commander and sole survivor of the ship incapacitated, the research team will soon discover that they have found something far worse.

Director:

Hisashi Sugai

Writer:

Michiru Shimada (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Keiko Han Keiko Han ... Moira (voice)
Ken'yû Horiuchi Ken'yû Horiuchi ... Buzz (voice)
Kaneto Shiozawa ... Scott (voice)
Osamu Kobayashi Osamu Kobayashi ... Marcus (voice)
Banjô Ginga Banjô Ginga ... Norman (voice)
Yûsaku Yara ... Alien X (voice)
Hideyuki Tanaka ... Sander (voice)
Shigeru Muroi Shigeru Muroi ... Catherine (voice)
Mitsutaka Kabayashi Mitsutaka Kabayashi ... Raymond (voice)
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A research crew in deep space discovers a desolate ship that warps into their area, they encounter the commander and sole survivor of the ship incapacitated, the research team will soon discover that they have found something far worse.

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Certificate:

PG-13

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Soundtracks

Uchû no Rabirinsu
(Space Labyrinth)
Lyrics by Junko Satô
Music by Mickie Yoshino
Vocals by Kumiko Kaori
Scat by Michiru Shimada
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God as an alien?
31 December 2016 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Obvious influences aside (Alien). And throw in 'Galaxy of Terror' and 1985's 'Creature'. "Roots Search" is a generic and run-of-the-mill sci-fi/horror anime feature. Not the worst of its kind, although quite average and largely forgettable. At about forty minutes in length, you know, you are not going to get anything truly substantial and it shows in the details. This one, gets straight-to-the-point. The story is rather simple in structure, despite some uncanny ideas and preachy passages on philosophy about the meaning of life and God's will. But there's no real depth to it all. A lack of focus shows. There's even a huge plot- hole (why is the lone survivor spared... no sins?) and characters are erratic, exposing unusual behaviours and traits. Some things happen in the plot, without much thought to how its going to affect the story. When the horror kicks in. It has a claustrophobic stranglehold and slowly creeps up with some nicely dark and macabre images. However these moments feel rushed and the sense of dread can be disrupted by an overwhelmingly, unhinged soundtrack. Just wait around for the last 15 minutes though, where bizarre developments and baffling visuals are thrown out there. It gets stranger, as there's no real cohesion and abruptly ends. The alien(s) designs were interesting and again its influence seems blatant in one of those drawings. As for the animation. It's basic and at times crude, but I have a soft spot for these rough visuals and of course strobe lighting. The voice-over work is suitably fine.

Some neat ideas and visuals, can't hide its weakly handled story.


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