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Sanctuary (1995)

Sankuchuari (original title)
Two friends vow to take different paths in life after they survive the Khmer Rouge massacres in Cambodia: one becomes a politician, and the other, a gangster. They stop at nothing to achieve their goal, and find their friendship is tested.

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Credited cast:
... Bartender / Isaoka / Tokai's Man (voice)
... Chiaki Asami / Casino Manager / Mr. Okamura (voice)
... Tashiro (voice)
Takaya Hashi ... Tokai (voice)
Shô Hayami ... Akira Hojo (voice)
Makoto Higo ... Additional Voices (voice)
Unshô Ishizuka ... Ozaki (voice)
Naoko Ishî ... Additional Voices (voice)
... Businesswoman / Yuka Sakura (voice)
Kunihiko Kase ... Additional Voices (voice)
... Hojo's Lover (voice)
Yoshio Kawai ... Additional Voices (voice)
... Akira Hojo (voice)
Yasunori Masutani ... Additional Voices (voice)
Miyuki Matsushita ... Additional Voices (voice)
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Two friends vow to take different paths in life after they survive the Khmer Rouge massacres in Cambodia: one becomes a politician, and the other, a gangster. They stop at nothing to achieve their goal, and find their friendship is tested.

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anime | politics | yakuza | hand gun | gun | See All (11) »

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Animation | Crime | Drama

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22 April 1995 (Japan)  »

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Based on a 12 volume manga series, the story was written by Sho Fumimura and the artwork was drawn by Ryoichi Ikegam. It was published from 1990 to 1995 by Shogakukan. See more »

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Remade as Sanctuary: The Movie (1996) See more »

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A Baby's Born
Performed by Chris Conner
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Excellent film

This film, [sanctuary], is an excellent film based on a manga I have not read (by writer Buronson and artist Ryoichi Ikegami).

Akira Hojo and Chiaki Asami are friends from high school, who decide to change Japan.

We then go forward several years, and Asami has now become a secretary to Dietman Shuichi Sakura while Hojo has become a member of the Yakuza. Both have their leaders in their grasp. Their skilful manipulation makes for very compelling viewing, even if there is a lot of sex and violence.

Unfortunately, the film tells only part of the story. That's the weakness. And the fact that there are no more movies available.


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