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Casshern (2004)

Not Rated | | Action , Sci-Fi | 24 April 2004 (Japan)
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Live-action sci-fi movie based on a 1973 Japanese animé of the same name (Shinzo Ningen Casshân). Theme song by Utada Hikaru.

Director:

Kazuaki Kiriya

Writers:

Kazuaki Kiriya (screenplay), Dai Satô | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yûsuke Iseya ... Tetsuya Azuma / Casshern
Kumiko Asô Kumiko Asô ... Luna Kozuki
Akira Terao Akira Terao ... Dr. Kotaro Azuma
Kanako Higuchi Kanako Higuchi ... Midori Azuma
Fumiyo Kohinata ... Dr. Kozuki
Hiroyuki Miyasako Hiroyuki Miyasako ... Akubon
Mayumi Sada ... Sagurê
Jun Kaname Jun Kaname ... Barashin
Hidetoshi Nishijima ... Lieutenant Colonel Kamijo
Mitsuhiro Oikawa Mitsuhiro Oikawa ... Kaoru Naito
Susumu Terajima Susumu Terajima ... Sakamoto
Mayu Tsuruta Mayu Tsuruta ... Burai's wife
Ryô Ryô ... San Ikegami
Tetsuji Tamayama ... Sekiguchi
Yôko Moriguchi ... Luna's mother
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Storyline

In a world with an alternate history, a great war finally comes to an end leaving the earth diseased and polluted. The geneticist Dr. Azuma vies for support from the government for his neo-cell treatment that he claims can rejuvenate the body and regenerate humankind. The government leaders, guarding their own deeply entrenched powers, turn down the professor. Driven to complete his work, Dr. Azuma accepts a secret offer from a sinister faction of the powerful military. After an incident occurs in Dr. Azuma's lab, a race of mutant humans known as the Shinzo Ningen are unleashed upon the world. Now only the warrior known as Casshern, reincarnated with an invincible body, stands between the Shinzo Ningen and a world on the brink of annihilation. Written by Frank Tinsley V

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Reincarnated with an invincible body to fight an iron devil. If Casshern does not do it, who will? See more »

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

24 April 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Casshern - Reencarnado do Inferno See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Budget:

JPY 600,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$344,218 (Japan), 7 May 2004, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of several films around the world that was produced almost entirely on a "digital backlot" (i.e. shot with the actors in front of blue/green-screens with all backgrounds added in post-production, a technique which has been used for TV, video and video game production for many years). Although which movie was shot first is debated, the other movies (released in 2004-05) include: Immortal (2004), Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004), and Sin City (2005). See more »

Quotes

Kotaro Azuma-hakase: You have no idea what war is like.
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References Speed Racer (1967) See more »

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Requiem
By The Back Horn
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A cinematic treat with depth and intensity Go Casshern!
20 February 2008 | by lonewolf_and_cubSee all my reviews

From the trailer for this film i was expecting an effects laden action movie oozing cool but with no real substance….boy was I wrong. The story when summarised may seem like a pretty run of the mill "scientist plays god with disastrous results" type of tale but it is so full of depth and drama that the film is elevated beyond anything I expected. The look of this film is beautiful. Every frame looks amazing(largely in part to the fact that it was almost entirely shot on digital film with no backgrounds) and there is a "otherworldly" feel throughout. The film's message is without doubt about the futility of war. The key characters views and beliefs are tested by what is going on around them and even the supposed hero questions whether what he is doing is right. Also the lead bad guy Burai is one of the most sympathetic villains I have seen in a movie in years. He is played fantastically by the brilliant Toshiaki Karasawa who I hope we see more of soon. There are some eye popping set pieces as well and although it's not an action movie per se the few action scenes the movie does contain are brilliantly realised. Being an anime fan myself I loved the little reference to the original "CASSHERN Robot Hunter" TV show that the movie is based on. The incredible montage of devastation when the bioroids attack with their robot army looks like a manga comic that's come to life and sprang from the page. The film is also one of the only truly successful anime to film adaptations I've seen as most have been disastrous. In short: If you're looking for a sci-fi movie with some brains plus some really cool sequences that's thought provoking and visually artistic as well check this one out.


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