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Returner (2002)

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A young woman from the future forces a local gunman to help her stop an impending alien invasion which will wipe out the human race.

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Takashi Yamazaki
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Takeshi Kaneshiro ... Miyamoto
Anne Suzuki ... Milly
Kirin Kiki ... Xie
Gorô Kishitani ... Mizoguchi
Yukiko Okamoto Yukiko Okamoto ... Dr. Yagi
Mitsu Murata Mitsu Murata ... Mizoguchi's Henchman
Kisuke Iida ... Mizoguchi's Henchman
Kazuya Shimizu Kazuya Shimizu ... Mizoguchi's Henchman
Chiharu Kawai Chiharu Kawai ... Liu's Interpreter
Dean Harrington Dean Harrington ... Dr. Brown
Xiaoqun Zhao Xiaoqun Zhao ... Slave Merchant
Masaya Takahashi Masaya Takahashi ... Liu Laoban
Kenji Motomiya Kenji Motomiya ... Mizoguchi's Henchman
Hôshi Ishida Hôshi Ishida ... Shifan (as Hoshi Ishida)
Misako Nagashima Misako Nagashima
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Storyline

In 2084, the mankind is near total annihilation by alien invaders. Milly, a young woman from the Earth resistance, uses a time machine and returns to October, 2002, trying to avoid the beginning of alien invasion and the war. In her arrival in a ship, she is rescued and saved from the Yakuza evil boss Mizoguchi by a hit-man called Miyamot. Using unconventional methods, Milly forces Miyamoto to help her to save the human race. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English | Mandarin

Release Date:

31 August 2002 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Returner See more »

Filming Locations:

Himeji, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,214, 19 October 2003

Gross USA:

$73,060

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,978,256
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The small submachine guns used in the future scenes are FN P90s. See more »

Goofs

During the highway chase when the car is blown into the air and falls back down, the cable that was used by the crane to lift the car up into the air so they could drop it again is visible as the vehicle crashes to the ground. See more »

Quotes

Miyamoto: El dente won't be the same without you
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References Independence Day (1996) See more »

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Dig In
Performed by Lenny Kravitz
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Not bad, though no points for originality!
25 October 2003 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

If you watch enough Japanese sci-fi films (live-action or animated), you'll see that their makers *love* to get their ideas from American films. This one is no exception; among other films, you'll see elements of THE TERMINATOR, INDEPENDENCE DAY, and E.T. There's even evidence that the filmmakers saw the Jack Scalia/Dennis Christopher direct-to-video flick THE SILENCERS! As derivative as the movie may be, it's still pretty entertaining. Sure, the story has a few murky plot points, but none that terribly confuse you about what is going on. And while it's directed in that stiff and somewhat sterile style often found in Japanese films, that feeling is much less intense than usual. The movie rolls along at an acceptable clip, there are some neat action scenes, and the special effects are often pretty good for what must have been a limited budget. Not a movie to actively seek out, but it's a good one to pick up when your neighborhood Asian DVD rental place is offering 3 rentals for $10. Ten lashes with a whip for the Universe Laser & Video Co., however, for one of the crummiest DVD transfers to date!


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