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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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The fate of the world is a matter of time. See more »


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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$69,886, 2 November 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The disguised airship that resembles the Jumbo Jet near the end of the film is labeled "Buddyair 100 747" 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 Trancers (1984) See more »

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Dig In
Performed by Lenny Kravitz
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The Returner is one of the best Sci-Fi flicks i've ever seen
14 January 2005 | by JimmyZappaSee all my reviews

The day was set to end, I had two videos in my hands I had just rented an hour before, one of them was "Lost in Translation" and the other one was "The Returner".

To make a long story short, my attitude turned pretty sour after viewing the more anticipated "Lost in Translation" and turned on "The Returner" thinking it would be pretty cheesy....turns out, I was completely wrong.

The Returner, even though it obviously borrows a lot of ideas from other films, is incredibly entertaining. The main characters Miyamoto and Milly were incredibly engaging, the bad guy (with his "Vash the Stampede" look and gun) was pretty cool, the storyline (filled with some comedy, drama, action, and a science fiction twist of course) was not that bad (some parts were a lot more enjoyable than others), the execution of the directing was what caught my attention, and the overall impression I got from it was completely passable and whole-fully entertaining.

Even the ending and the soundtrack was superb. It made me drop my jaw in awe during the credits, it really had that much of an impact with me throughout the entire thing. I long for the special double disk edition (if it exists that is, not entirely sure yet).

For those who love action/SCI-FI flicks, this is a definite must. And this is also recommended for those who love Japanese Cinematography in general.


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