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Appleseed (2004)

Appurushîdo (original title)
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In a utopian society created at the end of the third world war, a female warrior who has been plucked from the badlands begins to see cracks in this new facade. And what does this community have planned for the rest of humankind?

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ai Kobayashi ... Deunan (voice)
Jûrôta Kosugi ... Briareos (voice)
... Athena (voice)
Miho Yamada ... Nike (voice)
Yuki Matsuoka ... Hitomi (voice)
... Yoshitsune (voice)
Yuzuru Fujimoto ... Uranus (voice)
... Hades (voice)
Tadahisa Saizen ... Kudoh (voice)
... Dr. Gilliam (voice)
Hirotake Nagata ... Elder (voice)
Ikuo Nishikawa ... Seven Old Men (voice)
Ryûji Nakagi ... 1st Elder Electryon (voice)
Takehiro Koyama ... Elder (voice)
Toshihiko Kuwagai ... Elder (voice)
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In a utopian society created at the end of the third world war, a female warrior who has been plucked from the badlands begins to see cracks in this new facade. And what does this community have planned for the rest of humankind?

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Humanity's last chance for survival.


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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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17 April 2004 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Appleseed  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

JPY 62,189,982 (Japan), 18 April 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$79,818, 17 January 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$129,135
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The tattoo on Briareos' left upper arm says "Cogito Ergo Sum", which is Latin for "I think, therefore I am." Strangely, Greek characters are used and not Roman. Also the first character is Gamma, but C would rather be transliterated as Kappa in Greek. It also has the dates 2096-2122, which are Briareos' date of birth and date of his "death" when he became a cyborg. See more »

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In the beginning of the movie, the bible is quoted. They use "Revelations 12:4" The book is actually called "Revelation" (no s at the end) See more »

Quotes

Athena: What a creature is man, he would choose to cage himself so willingly?
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Remake of Appleseed (1988) See more »

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Hand to Phone (Appleseed version)
Words & Music by MILLER/KUPERUS/CRAIG
Performed by Carl Craig vs. Adult.
Produced by Carl Craig vs. Adult.
COURTESY OF 2003 PLANET E COMMUNICATIONS INC.
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Way of the future.
7 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

First things first; if you're looking for a literary masterpiece or an anime masterful like the works of Hayao Miyazaki and Mamoru Oshii, then Appleseed is not for you. It's plot is cliché with the overused science fiction premise of struggle between two coexisting races and the flaws and sins of humans, and the general execution of the plot is also in no way an outstanding one of the genre.

What Appleseed truly is, is a technological achievement in 3D animation for Japanese anime. It's animation style is far from Hollywood animation features like Finding Nemo and Shrek, instead it uses cel-shading technology which we've already seen in video games, and takes it up to a very high and polished level. The result is a beautiful movie with jaw-dropping animation, such that one cannot doubt that this style will pave the way for the future of anime movies. The range of emotions expressed through the CG is impressive; and motion capture has worked beautifully into the film, making it a seamless viewing experience. As a whole product, it's graphical presentation rivals that of great 2D animation features.

Other aspects are fairly well done; the music is done fairly well, with the opening song giving it a distinct flavour but later that fades away to the average run-of-the-mill songs that aren't particularly effective in rousing the emotions and senses. The artistic direction is great, with wonderful colors and tones chosen to accentuate the mood from the bleak dark ruins to the pastel colors of the Utopia. Scene execution is also stellar, and the structural development of the movie is natural although inter character relationships are somewhat lacking in development.

As a whole, it's an extremely graphically polished product based on an overused premise.


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