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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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When a hero falls a legend will rise. 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

The theme song, "Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro", was written and sung by the director's ex-wife, pop singer Hikaru Utada. See more »

Quotes

Kotaro Azuma-hakase: You have no idea what war is like.
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Connections

Remake of Casshan: Robot Hunter (1993) See more »

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Requiem
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Fantastic, thoughtful, beautiful film
7 January 2005 | by LuxVesperisSee all my reviews

Easily one of the best movies I have ever seen.

I am disappointed and yet not surprised at the low score given to this movie. It's not a typical action flick, as the trailer may lead many to believe. It is about so many things and the weak point is that it takes up so much, it is slightly difficult to follow.

I can't even express all the themes and things that flow through this movie. It takes up questions such as: Why do we fight wars? What is ethical? What would you do for love? What does it mean to be a father, a son, lovers, a citizen of a nation, a national leader, human, alive? Visually the movie is just breathtaking. It's gorgeous. Kiriya is not afraid to do what he feels does justice to the scene. He was the one behind the camera, not a common place for the director, to get the shot exactly the way he wanted it. Quite scenes are thoughtful and even the fight scenes are purely intense. Fantastic.

The movie is based on a 70s anime which is quite different. But it is interesting to note the places where the movie pays homage to the original anime.

The English subtitles are quite good and quite accurate. There are a few parts that I would have translated it differently, but over all, the integrity of the film is totally intact.

I highly recommend this film for true lovers of sci-fi who are looking something that is more than mindless battle scenes.


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