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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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Takahisa Zeze
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Credited cast:
Hyde ... Kei
Gackt ... Sho
Leehom Wang ... Son
Tarô Yamamoto ... Toshi
Susumu Terajima ... Shinji
Zeny Kwok Zeny Kwok ... Yi-Che
Seiji Chihara Seiji Chihara
Chihara Junia Chihara Junia ... Wani (as Kôji Chihara)
Yosh Yosh
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kanata Hongô ... Young Sho
Ryo Ishibashi
Jack Kao
You Kurosaki You Kurosaki ... Jun
Anne Suzuki ... Hana
James H. Thomas ... Rick
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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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asia | taiwanese | japanese | orphan | love | See All (71) »

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At that time, we laughed as we cried

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The film takes place in 2014. See more »

Quotes

Luka: [about the ocean and sunrise] This is what is looks like. It's been so long, I'd forgotten. It'd be beautiful in the sunlight... the waves sparkling.
Kei: Let's go. Sun's coming out.
Luka: You go, I've had enough.
Kei: Let's go. Come on!
Luka: Go... by yourself.
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Last Night
Music & Lyrics by Leehom Wang
Performed by Leehom Wang
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Probably Too Ambitious
23 October 2003 | by NIXFLIX-DOT-COMSee all my reviews

MOON CHILD has a lot going for it. It's a visually stunning film to behold, but its story reeks of lack of originality. The movie is basically a retread of the Gangster genre, with a character on the rise, and his eventual fall, in the underworld. Throw a vampire into the mix to spice things up, and the film actually feels a bit more than generic, but alas its second half proves that it is, in fact, nothing more than a generic gangster movie.

As an action film, the movie fails badly. The director has a lot of money to throw around, so we get plenty of special effects and gunplay. There are, perhaps, TOO much gunplay. This is made doubly hard to stomach because the gunplay is so poorly filmed. John Woo this movie aint. If anything, MOON CHILD's gun battles look like the product of a director who wants stylized violence, but refuses to fully "go" with it. As a result, the film's non-action scenes play it up as realistic, but its action scenes reek as cartoonish.

Still, a visually impressive movie that just might be bothered by an unnecessarily long 15 extra minutes at the end and the old Asian use of heavy melodrama for no obvious purpose other to have melodrama.

6 out of 10


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Release Date:

19 April 2003 (Japan) See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,719,929
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