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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Miyamoto
... Milly
... Xie
Gorô Kishitani ... Mizoguchi
Yukiko Okamoto ... Dr. Yagi
Mitsu Murata ... Mizoguchi's Henchman
... Mizoguchi's Henchman
Kazuya Shimizu ... Mizoguchi's Henchman
Chiharu Kawai ... Liu's Interpreter
Dean Harrington ... Dr. Brown
Xiaoqun Zhao ... Slave Merchant
Masaya Takahashi ... Liu Laoban
Kenji Motomiya ... Mizoguchi's Henchman
Hôshi Ishida ... (as Hoshi Ishida)
Misako Nagashima
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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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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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31 August 2002 (Japan)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$29,214, 19 October 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$69,886, 2 November 2003
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The handgun Milly uses through out the movie is a Walther P99. See more »

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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 »

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Xie: Humans are good at lying. Especially guilty ones.
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References Independence Day (1996) See more »

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Dig In
Performed by Lenny Kravitz
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Combo of Red Bull and speed
5 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

I know that I will definitely have to see this film again. Japanese movies are getting that sleek futuristic look and Returner is chock full of it. Although I have to admit, there seem to be a lot of "homages" ranging from Matrix, Men in Black to Fifth Element, X-Files and so on. Still, it's an action packed with cool style to boot.

The main hero and butt whooping babe work well together. From martial arts, lasers, guns, explosions, action scenes are so rapid that you're left blinking in awe. I definitely think towards the final 30 minutes, it does seem to go on a tangent and a friend and I were trying to piece together what we could and keep up. The CG is used well in enhancing the style of the film, especially the futuristic technology stuff.

If possible, catch this in the theater or on a good home system and you won't be disappointed.


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