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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 overview, first billed only:
Yûsuke Iseya ... Tetsuya Azuma / Casshern
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 ... Barashin
Hidetoshi Nishijima ... Lieutenant Colonel Kamijo
Mitsuhiro Oikawa Mitsuhiro Oikawa ... Kaoru Naito
Susumu Terajima ... Sakamoto
Mayu Tsuruta Mayu Tsuruta ... Burai's wife
Ryô ... San Ikegami
Tetsuji Tamayama ... Sekiguchi
Yôko Moriguchi ... Luna's mother
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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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When a hero falls a legend will rise. See more »

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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

Burai: We are the Neo-Sapiens. Bow down before us.
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Connections

References Speed Racer (1967) See more »

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Requiem
By The Back Horn
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Mediocre premise, great CGI scenic visuals, drawn out plot
22 January 2005 | by ma_geSee all my reviews

The good: Very beautiful scenes.

The bad: The movie was about 40 minutes too long, with repetitive flashbacks, scenes unnecessarily drawn out even after the dialogue and action has ended, a meandering plot (with plenty of plot holes), characters that act inconsistently or unbelievably, a forgettable soundtrack, and one -awesome- action scene/battle roughly around the 15% mark that makes you think the rest of the movie will feature scenes just as great, but it's just one long anti-climax after that point.

It also asks many naive questions about war/mankind/humanity to make a pretense at being remotely philosophical. It doesn't discuss what possible answers there could be to those questions, but it takes a mediocre movie and supposedly makes it 'deep.' Strangely enough, it seems that it's this very aspect of the movie that resonated with females (alongside the great visuals), who uniformly gave this movie high ratings.

This movie is barely a 6, for me.


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Country:

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

24 April 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

CASSHERN See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,636,656
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Dolby Digital EX

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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