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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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Ryûhei Kitamura
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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

Talk of an American remake and sequel began to circulate in 2008 following the release of Kitamura's Hollywood directing debut, The Midnight Meat Train (2008). However, no news of the remake or sequel has emerged since 2008. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Prisoner KSC2-303: Don't worry about me. I never lose.
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Connections

References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

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User Reviews

 
God bless the crazy guy in the green shirt!

Some people are insane! I mean, what were you expecting? The English Patient? I for one love a good gorefest and awesome if its done out of Hollywood. The plot had holes, I guess, I can't really think of anything that really had me come out of the movie. If you rented or bought this and thought, "Hey, that couldn't have happened, like, oh my Gawd how fake!" Why would you watch a zombie/sci-fi movie to begin with? You did read the synopses right? The acting was good, watch the original undubbed one please before you blast the flick! The characters were priceless, I loved the "Charlie's Angels"-esquire stances the yakuza guys made! Tre cool. I loved the fighting as well, every ten minutes or so someone was getting the crap beat out of them. It was also very refreshing to not see so much wire-flying, the one part I can recall that did sort of do that was shot tightly so it didn't seem so exaggerated. I'm a chick and I LOVED how Prisonor KSC2-303 kept hitting the annoying chick over the head, classic! No out of nowhere love scenes here my good people! The "villian" was also top-notch. I thought the casting was great. Tak Sakaguchi, wow, baby don't be so mean! :P I can't wait to see him in more things or in the sequel. Please don't watch this if you're cynical or hard to please. ITS A ZOMBIE/GORE/SCI-FI INDIE FILM! Yeah just don't buy it, let someone else who appreciates such fineness get a copy.

*By the by, this review is based on "The Ultimate Versus" edition.


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