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Versus (2000)

There are 666 portals that connect this world to the other side. These are concealed from all human beings. Somewhere in Japan exists the 444th portal.... The forest of resurrection.

Director:

Ryûhei Kitamura

Writers:

Ryûhei Kitamura (screenplay), Yudai Yamaguchi (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tak Sakaguchi ... Prisoner KSC2-303
Hideo Sakaki Hideo Sakaki ... The Man
Chieko Misaka Chieko Misaka ... The Girl
Kenji Matsuda Kenji Matsuda ... Yakuza Leader with butterfly knife
Yuichiro Arai Yuichiro Arai ... Motorcycle-riding yakuza with revolver
Minoru Matsumoto Minoru Matsumoto ... Crazy yakuza with amulet
Kazuhito Ohba Kazuhito Ohba ... Yakuza with glasses
Takehiro Katayama Takehiro Katayama ... Red-haired assassin
Ayumi Yoshihara Ayumi Yoshihara ... Long-haired female assassin
Shôichirô Masumoto Shôichirô Masumoto ... One-handed cop
Toshiro Kamiaka Toshiro Kamiaka ... Samurai warrior
Yukihito Tanikado Yukihito Tanikado ... Cop with Barrett
Hoshimi Asai Hoshimi Asai ... Short-haired female assassin
Ryosuke Watabe Ryosuke Watabe ... Yakuza zombie in alligator-skin coat
Motonari Komiya Motonari Komiya ... Other prisoner
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Storyline

Set in the present where a group of ruthless gangsters, an unknown woman and an escaped convict have met, unwittingly, in The Forest of Resurrection, the 444th portal to the other side. Their troubles start when those once killed and buried in the forest come back from the dead, with the assistance of the evil Sprit that has also come back, come back from ages past, to claim his prize. The final standoff between Light and Dark has never been so cunning, so brutal and so deadly. This is where old Japanese Samurai mysticism meets the new world of the gangster and the gun. Gruesome, bloody and positively bold. Written by Cinema_Fan

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Taglines:

A Forest to Hell comes Alive with Death. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong pervasive violence and gore, and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

20 February 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Down to Hell 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ultimate Cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First considered and even advertised as a sequel to Ryûhei Kitamura's movie Down to Hell (1997) with the title 'Down 2 Hell'. But because of the many fights in front and behind the camera Kitamura changed the title to 'Versus'. See more »

Goofs

(at around 42 mins) One of the detectives says (in the subtitled version) that he was trained at FBI HQ at Langley. Langley is the headquarters of the CIA, not the FBI. This fits the character, though, who seems to lie about his abilities throughout the movie. See more »

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[first lines]
Title Card: There are 666 portals that connect this world to the other side. These are concealed from all human beings... But there are some who notice their existence. And some are willing to open the door and try to gain the power of darkness... Somewhere in Japan exists the 444th portal, known as The Forest of Resurrection. It was a long time ago when the evil soul uncovered its existence...
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Alternate Versions

The director has created a version called "Ultimate Versus". This cut is about ten minutes longer than the original and contains new scenes and CGI effects. See more »

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References Highlander (1986) See more »

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User Reviews

 
An entertaining little flick
12 October 2004 | by EggyDeLuxSee all my reviews

To begin with please don't take this film as serious, as you will be let down. It is in fact a very fun film, which you should really just hop on for the ride as it has some great moments that made me laugh out loud. I'm a big fan of eastern movies, and feel that it stands out on its own due to the combination of styles going on, from the zombie attacks to the samuri / yazuka influence. It travels along at a great pace, the only bad thing about this is the sour taste left in the poor ending, but take that away and its great, and i would say to anyone that they should give it a go, but please watch it with a smile on your face. The sound track is also very good and if anyone knows if it has been released i would love to find out.


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