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K-20: The Fiend with Twenty Faces (2008)

K-20: Kaijin nijû mensô den (original title)
Set in a fictional Japanese city in 1949, a master criminal hones in on his latest victim.


Shimako Sato (as Shimako Satô)


So Kitamura (novels) (as Sô Kitamura), Shimako Sato (screenplay) (as Shimako Satô)
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Credited cast:
Takeshi Kaneshiro ... Heikichi Endo
Takako Matsu ... Yoko Hashiba
Tôru Nakamura ... Kogoro Akechi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ryôhei Abe Ryôhei Abe
Kanata Hongô ... Yoshio Kobayashi
Yûki Imai ... Shinsuke (as Yuki Imai)
Takeshi Kaga ... Mysterious Gentleman
Eiji Kakutani Eiji Kakutani
Jun Kaname
Hana Kino Hana Kino
Fumiyo Kohinata
Jun Kunimura ... Genji
Kazuyoshi Kushida Kazuyoshi Kushida
Tôru Masuoka Tôru Masuoka ... Inspector Namikoshi
Yutaka Matsushige


Set in a fictional Japanese city in 1949, a master criminal hones in on his latest victim.

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Did You Know?


The names Akechi and Hashiba may have roots in the historic Azuchi-Momoyama period. Akechi was a general who betrayed his overlord, Oda Nobunaga, and tried to become shogun. Hashiba was a son of Oda who joined in the battle to punish Akechi. See more »


It is 1947, but the special camera is defended by lasers. Not invented till 1960. See more »

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K-20: Legend of the mask
21 February 2009 | by helmuttySee all my reviews

K-20: Legend of the mask is considered a Japanese superhero movie although K-20 is not a superhero, he is more of Japanese robin hood but only more evil. The 2 billion yen movie has the realistic special effects that you rarely see in Japanese movies and its action scenes are breath-taking especially the acrobatic stunts and famous Takeshi Kaneshiro with good music

Story: It is set in 1949 where there is no world war, which is lucky. There is K-20, stealing priceless items from the rich. He frames an acrobat, Heikichi Endo (Takeshi Kaneshiro). Heikichi is caught and soon escapes. He then vows to unmask/catch K-20 and proves his innocence. The fight scenes with K-20 and Heikichi are stunning with amazing acrobatic stunts. I wish there will more of the breath-taking stunts in movies. As Heikichi races to find what K-20 is going after, it leads to the final battle between them where there happens to be a twist.

Overall: This is not to be missed for Takeshi fans or those who are fans of Japanese movies. K-20 may be a little long- the runtime is 2 hours 17 minutes but the plot is engrossing that you won't care about the time and watch how K-20 battles with Heikichi with wits and power. It is nice to see a big-budget Japanese action movie as the past few years, there are mostly Japanese thrillers like 20th century boys and death note.

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Release Date:

20 December 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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