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The story of love and friendship on the harsh streets of 2014 Mallepa, a small corner in Asia.

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Credited cast:
... Kei
... Sho
... Son
... Toshi
Susumu Terajima ... Shinji
Zeny Kwok ... Yi-Che
Seiji Chihara
Chihara Junia ... Wani (as Kôji Chihara)
Yosh
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... Young Sho
You Kurosaki ... Jun
... Hana
... Rick
Etsushi Toyokawa ... Luka
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In the year 2014, Japan has collapsed economically and thus its people emigrated in large numbers and settled in other parts of the world. In a corner in Asia, there is a little street called Mallepa, a big melting pot where Asians such as Hongkongers, Taiwanese and Japanese live together. It was a place where people fought for order, food and freedom. It was there where Shou (Gackt), raised as an orphan and Kei (Hyde), who could live forever, met and became the best of friends. However, they were unable to escape from the fight for power involving gangs of different ethnicity on the street of Malepa... Written by Soleil 1893

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At that time, we laughed as we cried

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$166,016 (Japan), 9 May 2003, Limited Release
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Sho: The next time we meet... will be at gunpoint.
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Not NEARLY as Bad as Expected
4 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

When I first heard about Moon Child, I thought it was a joke. After a few months, I figured I guess it's for real. The few reviews I read that WEREN'T made by squealing fangirls were not very promising.

When I was given the opportunity to watch it, I was fully prepared to groan, wince, and otherwise need to close my eyes to avoid the silliness.

I was more than a little surprised, and in a good way.

Yes, Moon Child has its moments of cheese, camp, and general dorkiness -- I think that's kind of impossible to avoid when it involves Gackt Camui, a man not known for his sanity -- but all in all, it was wholly enjoyable.

No, it is not a work of cinema genius but it is very, very heartfelt, amusing, with fun choreography, a touching score, and a fun cast. I know little of Japanese cinema so I can't really judge the acting but considering the fact that the cast was speaking a language or extreme dialect foreign to them at one time or another and that a couple of them have almost no acting experience, I was rather impressed.

If you can enjoy a good action movie, a good drama, a good comedy, see this film. At least rent it since it's coming to Region 1.

On a side note, there is zero homosexual/homoerotic content in this film. I didn't even see much of a subtext. Don't let people that read too much into things ruin this for you.


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