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Death Trance (2005)

Desu toransu (original title)
An unknown time. An unknown place. Without reasons. With no future. His only desire is - Destruction. I'ts good versus evil, and the awakening of an unlikely hero with ultra-kinetic action to create the "action" spectacle of the year.

Director:

Yûji Shimomura

Writers:

Jun'ya Katô (screenplay), Shinichi Fujita (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tak Sakaguchi ... Grave
Takamasa Suga Takamasa Suga ... Ryuen
Kentaro Seagal Kentaro Seagal ... Sid
Yûki Takeuchi Yûki Takeuchi ... Yuri
Ben Hiura Ben Hiura ... Archbishop
Honoka Asada Honoka Asada ... Girl
Yôko Fujita Yôko Fujita ... Goddess of Destruction
Osamu Takahashi Osamu Takahashi ... Master
Chuck Johnson ... Muscleman
Kei Sasegawa Kei Sasegawa ... Capoeira User
Masumi Shirai Masumi Shirai ... Sword-Wielding Sister (Left)
Mie Nakao Mie Nakao ... Sword-Wielding Sister (Right)
Masaki Inatome Masaki Inatome ... Ninja A / Flying Vampire 01
Hitoshi Fukushima Hitoshi Fukushima ... Ninja B
Naohiro Kawamoto Naohiro Kawamoto ... Flying Vampire 02
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An unknown time. An unknown place. Without reasons. With no future. His only desire is... Destruction! Death Trance combines the themes of good versus evil, and the awakening of an unlikely hero with ultra-kinetic action to create the "action" spectacle of the year! Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 May 2006 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fever Dreams, Media Suits See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.95:1
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Japanese metal band Dir en Grey provided the soundtrack for the film. See more »

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The credits are shown in both English and Japanese. See more »

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References Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend (1989) See more »

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Clever Sleazoid
Performed by Dir en Grey
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Final Fantasy meets Storm Riders
8 August 2006 | by TheHarshAndLastWordSee all my reviews

So what can I say about Death Trance, personally I loved it. I am huge fan of anime and most importantly of the final fantasy series and to see someone have the balls to pull off this sort of genre is a statement in itself. Unfortunately we do get the bad apples like "ultraviolet". The overall story is comprehensible to a certain point, only real problem I see was there was not enough back story to support what is going on. It's like being kidnapped and strapped onto a roller-coaster with a blind fold on, you know what's going on around you but you're not exactly sure how you even got there in the first place. Tak Sakaguchi does well as Grave, his demeanor suited this character more so than his counter part in "versus". The supporting cast do a great job of filling the void of this somewhat empty world and in typical Sakaguchi fashion the fight scenes can be somewhat lengthy. But seriously seeing a lone samurai smacking the crap out of Zombies with a stick in a forest full of vampiric spidermen is just classic. The heavy metal music sets the mood for the battles and fit in perfectly. It's not the greatest movie in the world but I guarantee you play this at a party and people will have their eyes glued. Death Trance's special fx is without doubt AMAZING, no ands ifs or buts. If the lack of story is what hinders the movie, the SFX more than make up for that. If you're looking to run through a quick final fantasy-esquire like story then rent it at blockbuster. If you really like it then keep it and pay the rest. That's what I'm doing, this is definitely a good "unknown" movie to pull out on your friends. Overall I dig this movie, they stepped out and tried something new with this movie and I think they pull it off nicely.

9/10

and that's the final word.


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