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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 »

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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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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

In the aftermath of a few of the zombie fights, several zombies' butts are on fire. Director Ryûhei Kitamura did this on purpose, because he just thought it was funny. See more »

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In many of the fight sequences, wires are visible on the actors when performing high jump kicks and/or acrobatics 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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Extremely entertaining post-modern pastiche
15 May 2006 | by Potty-ManSee all my reviews

From the get-go, you'll know that this is a film that relies almost solely on its style and its visual slickness. Low budget in the good sense, Versus resembles early Sam Raimi or Peter Jackson works (Bad Taste springs primarily to mind). It combines good-humored gore with Luc Besson-ish wide lens shots and quirkiness (the characters here reminded me of The Boondock Saints in their flamboyance), along with some very creative martial arts sequences. At some point, in fact, it gets so over-the-top it starts to play out more like a Stephen Chow movie. It then jumps from Night of the Living Dead to Mortal Kombat to Highlander, making a stop or two at X-Men along the way. This eastern/western mix works surprisingly well and the result is highly entertaining, if you enjoy this kind of thing. Just don't go looking for any depth, causality, plot logic, or plot altogether, really. The few dialogue scenes are a mess (excluding the one that takes place when everything turns an orange shade, about an hour into the film), and often serve only as a backdrop for canted steadicam close-ups and multi-character Mexican standoffs. This is not high brow cinema, it's high octane. And it was perfectly fine by me. It is when the film discards some of its humor that it begins to lose its charm, but even then, the spectacularly choreographed martial arts kept me entertained. I would be interested in seeing "The Ultimate Versus" – a director's cut that's ten minutes longer and has CGI special effects, according to IMDb.

P.S. There are few things I hate more than a dubbed movie, but in this case (like in Shaolin Soccer), I found that at certain scenes (particularly ones involving "the runt" – the wacky short guy), the English dubbing actually adds to the absurdity of the film. Anyway, the DVD offers both the American and the original Japanese dialogue tracks.


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