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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 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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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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According to Kiriya, in an interview with Joblo, it took two months to shoot the film and a further six months of post-production work. The film's look was achieved through a combination of means, from CGI (supervised by Haruhiko Shono), matte paintings to even Kiriya's heavy involvement with the cinematography. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Kotaro Azuma: Murderer, feel my pain.
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References Speed Racer (1967) See more »

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Requiem
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Beautiful
31 August 2004 | by mike painesSee all my reviews

If I hadn't already seen Zhang Yimou's Hero the previous week, I would have had to say that Casshern is one of the most beautiful-looking films I've seen in years (or ever). However, it'll have to suffice with second place. The CGI is highly stylised, with some green-screen shots looking purposefully false, but the real joy is in the production design - very evocative of Metropolis. Visual references are also made to the Nuremburg rallies of the 1930s, the Holocaust, Orwell's 1984 and those retro wind-up robots. A massive twenty-storey building is suspended in the air by hundreds of propellers like some overgrown zeppelin, and there's shots of a train so wide it requires five strips of rail side-by-side to accommodate it. The battle scenes are particularly awesome, and the combat scenes between Casshern and the Neo-Sapiens equally sharp.

However, the story primarily revolves around the drama of two families and there's very little affinity made with the main characters. Perhaps it was because the action scenes were so bombastic, but I found it very difficult to spur my interest in the character-driven moments, and this consequently made the two-and-a-half-hour running time feel a tad too long.

The final closing message, which runs contrary to the adrenalized mid-section of the film, is presented rather clumsily. But in true Japan-fashion, you can't help but be charmed by the sincerity of the whole thing.


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