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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.

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Hideo Sakaki ... The Man
Chieko Misaka ... The Girl
Kenji Matsuda ... Yakuza Leader with butterfly knife
Yuichiro Arai ... Motorcycle-riding yakuza with revolver
Minoru Matsumoto ... Crazy yakuza with amulet
Kazuhito Ohba ... Yakuza with glasses
Takehiro Katayama ... Red-haired assassin
Ayumi Yoshihara ... Long-haired female assassin
Shôichirô Masumoto ... One-handed cop
Toshiro Kamiaka ... Samurai warrior
Yukihito Tanikado ... Cop with Barrett
Hoshimi Asai ... Short-haired female assassin
Ryosuke Watabe ... Yakuza zombie in alligator-skin coat
Motonari Komiya ... Other prisoner
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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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Rated R for strong pervasive violence and gore, and language | See all certifications »

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$400,000 (estimated)
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One of the thugs was shot dead at the beginning of the movie, because the director Ryûhei Kitamura disliked the actor who portrayed him. See more »

Goofs

When the car arrives to pick the two prisoners up (at the beginning of the film) the camera crew and their equipment are reflected in the car's window when one guy opens the door. See more »

Quotes

Yakuza Leader with butterfly knife: [In a four-man Mexican stand-off] Hey, this is getting complicated.
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Man, what a movie!
25 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

I just finished seeing this film. Really interesting camera shots makes film feel like it's in another dimension or on another planet. It also estahblished an eerie, spooky atmosphere and gives a very haunting setting. The good guys can fight, the bad guys (including several Yakuza) aren't afraid to battle, and there are zombies. As the film goes on, the zombies aren't really the main problem the hero faces.

The action scenes in this movie are wild, intense, and can sometimes put a guilty grin on your face. Whether it's sword slicing, bullets blazing, or good old fashioned martial arts, the pace is frenetic and really establishes the characters well. Although a few scenes are paced slower, the action here ties it all together. This is the first time I've seen Zombies in combat who actually put up a great fight. The main part of the story unfolds during the second half and the ending is creative and original. Versus is unlike any movie I've previously seen.

I must've repeated to my friend that the soundtrack for Versus is really cool and it complements the fight scenes fanatic pace. Cool fashion, good amount of gore, and an interesting storyline. Definitely an film not to be missed.


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