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Avalon (2001)

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In a dystopian world, a woman spends her time playing an illegal and dangerous game, hoping to find meaning in her world.

Director:

Mamoru Oshii

Writer:

Kazunori Itô (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Malgorzata Foremniak ... Ash
Wladyslaw Kowalski ... Game Master
Jerzy Gudejko ... Murphy
Dariusz Biskupski ... Bishop
Bartlomiej Swiderski Bartlomiej Swiderski ... Stunner (as Bartek Swiderski)
Katarzyna Bargielowska ... Receptionist
Alicja Sapryk Alicja Sapryk ... Gill
Michal Breitenwald ... Murphy of Nine Sisters
Zuzanna Kasz Zuzanna Kasz ... Ghost
Adam Szyszkowski ... Player A
Krzysztof Plewako-Szczerbinski Krzysztof Plewako-Szczerbinski ... Player B (as Krszysztof Szczerbinski)
Marek Stawinski Marek Stawinski ... Player C
Jaroslaw Budnik Jaroslaw Budnik ... Cooper (voice)
Andrzej Debski Andrzej Debski ... Cusinart (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elzbieta Towarnicka Elzbieta Towarnicka ... Soloist at Philharmonic
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Storyline

In a future world, young people are increasingly becoming addicted to an illegal (and potentially deadly) battle simulation game called Avalon. When Ash, a star player, hears of rumors that a more advanced level of the game exists somewhere, she gives up her loner ways and joins a gang of explorers. Even if she finds the gateway to the next level, will she ever be able to come back to reality? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Dare to enter a world of future videogames


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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan | Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

20 January 2001 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Авалон See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$449,275
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color | Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bishop is played by Dariusz Biskupski. 'Biskup' is Polish for bishop. See more »

Goofs

When Ash is holding Murphy after shooting him, he is holding a gun in his right hand. The shot then switches to his other hand dropping bullets and when the shot returns to both of them the gun is missing. See more »

Quotes

Murphy: Why did you come? Because of me?
Ash: Isn't that a good reason?
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Alternate Versions

North American (Region 1) DVD release in 2003 features additional narration by the lead character "Ash" in the English dubbed version -- most notably after the pre-credits battle scene, and at the end of the film, the latter of which initially played out without any dialog. As a result of the added narration, the enigmatic ending becomes easier to understand for North American viewers. The added narration actually creates a very large problem with the 'Polish with English subtitles' option on the Region 1 DVD, since the 'traslantion' subtitles are actually dub-titles (they simply transcribed the Enlgish dub as the Polish dialog). This results in innumerable inaccuracies in the script (almost all mention of the connections to the King Arthur myth are lost on any language of the Region 1 version), and the subtitles also show up during the sequences where the English version has narration, meaning that in the middle of a dialog-less scene, the subtitles will show up anyway. Miramax has not recalled or corrected the DVD, but an uncut anamorphic version with proper subtitles is available from UK company Blue Light. See more »

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A rich atmosphere not seen in sci-fi since Blade Runner!!!
26 September 2004 | by w_fairsSee all my reviews

Firstly I was amazed at the effect that this film has on people. After reading other comments here, it does not take long to note that reviewers are either full of praise or downright critical, with little in between. Not many movies are so provocative. I stumbled onto this film late one night at the local video rental and it was like my last option, so I had little or no expectations to be deflated. I was pleasantly surprised. The sombre ambiance of the surroundings (Poland) enchanted me, and the sepia black & white film stock simply added to the mystique of the setting. Indeed I have not experienced such a rich atmosphere in a sci-fi film since Blade Runner!!! The SLIGHTLY low-tech special effects were incredible in that they seemed to add authenticity to the fact that this was a "video game" NOT "reality", unlike a lot of sci-fi where the special effects are merely another prop. The insular existence of the lead character due to her obsession with her virtual world is perhaps very poignant today more than ever with the advent of cyber space, computer games etc and their potential for social alienation. Perhaps the films shortcoming is that it may not appeal to the younger set who have grown up on a heavy diet of Hollywood Blockbusters where there has to be the mandatory car chase and subsequent sex followed by a gratuitous helping of ultra violence, but for me that was part of this very artistic films charm.


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