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Casshern (2002)

Ysuke Iseya , Kumiko As , Kazuaki Kiriya  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ysuke Iseya, Kumiko As, Akira Terao, Kanako Higuchi, Fumiyo Kohinata
  • Directors: Kazuaki Kiriya
  • Writers: Kazuaki Kiriya, Dai Sat, Shotaro Suga, Tatsuo Yoshida
  • Producers: Chiaki Noji, Hideji Miyajima, Makoto Tanaka
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Widescreen, NTSC, Color, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2007
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,313 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Casshern" on IMDb

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After 50 years of bitter warfare in the late 21st century, a new crisis looms. A threat to the future and the overall existence of mankind. But, there is hope a savior will emerge… Casshern. Casshern is an action-packed, sci-fi thriller that blends Japanamation and manga-inspired live action to create a new hybrid form of filmmaking that is both visually stunning and thought provoking.

Kiriya Kazuaki’s spectacular Casshern is an impressive marriage of live action drama and animated effects that, taken together, look like something both very old and very new in cinema. A wild, science fiction tale with an echo or two of Bladerunner, Casshern is set in a dystopian future following a 50-year-long war between Europe and Asia. The latter wins, calling the resulting Eurasia the "Eastern Federation," but the high-tech weapons used in the battle have affected the whole of mankind through widespread devastation and illness. A geneticist whose son, Tetsuya (Yusuke Iseya), has gone off to fight terrorists, promises the military his work on "neo cells" will result in the cultivation of spare human parts for the wounded and afflicted. But two unexpected results occur: a small band of superhuman mutants rise up out of the scientist’s chemical muck, and Tetsuya--killed in battle--is brought back to life with his own superpowers. While the mutants rise up against the human race, Tetsuya, now known as "Casshern," takes them on against a fascinating psychological backdrop with Oedipal overtones. The film’s look of hyperreal, pop culture pastiche (in which action often evokes the look of 1930s movie serials blended with a whirl of dreamy, free-associating images) is reaching for the same thing as Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. But it is much grander in its effort. --Tom Keogh

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
CASSHERN is loosely based on the Japanese anime in the 1970's called "Casshan Robot fighter" which was in turn adapted into the live-action TV series. Highly stylized and visually stunning, "CASSHERN" gives you that first impression that it is a drag-out robot smashing action film as its trailer suggests. However, there is more to this film than first meets the eye.

Plot synopsis derived from the dvd back cover/slip sleeve:
An alternate world with an alternate history.
The world is divided between two opposing alliances. After fifty years of bitter warfare, the Greater Eastern Federation triumphs over the Europan forces and gains control over the Eurasian continent. However, this is a hollow victory. Years of chemical, biological and nuclear war have ravaged the land; draining its resources and left an exhausted population at the mercy of every pestilence and newly-mutated disease. With the war ravaged world, hope dwindles for humanity's future. Remaining leaders debate over the chances of finding some way to stave off the seemingly-inevitable decline of civilization. One man comes forward with a possible solution. Dr. Azuma is a geneticist who proposes a "neo-cell" treatment that can rejuvenate the body and regenerate humankind. He's driven in his studies by a desire to save his beloved wife, Midori, from the ravages of a pollution-caused rare disease. He appeals for funding to the government but the selfish politicians in the Health division rejects his proposals, fearing that the new technology may threaten their entrenched powers.
However, a sinister faction in the powerful military makes an offer to Dr. Azuma to provide the financial support he needs to further his research.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular, complex, and not American July 22, 2007
"Casshern" is a long, live-action Japanese special effects ("tokusatsu") film with some spectacular CGI. It's also a difficult film because it's based on 20th century history - World War II and its atrocities - set into layers of visual metaphor that can bewilder an American viewer. It's set in the near future, as an endless war between Europe and Asia has nearly wound down, with Asia victorious in a world polluted beyond redemption by industrial waste, military destruction, genocide, ethnic cleansing, and political corruption without parallel. Mutations and disease are out of control, though the seemingly saintly Dr. Azuma is trying to discover a cure, based on cells cultured from a primitive ethnic group that might serve to rejuvenate and heal people's physical wounds. Dr. Azuma's wife, a classically beautiful Japanese woman, is going blind, and Dr. Azuma is hoping to find a cure for her when he is recruited by the military to work for them. At the same time, his son joins the Imperial Army to prove to himself that he is not a coward, and abandons his fiancée for war.

The long story that builds from these complex and contradictory motivations leads through disasters and destruction involving all Asia and Europe. Historical depth is developed in prolonged steampunk images and anachronisms (Imperial Army officers use samurai swords; aircraft are sculpted to carry the Leader's face on the forward fuselage; robots make war against dirty and tired foot soldiers). Dr. Azuma is culturing human body parts - legs, arms - in old fashioned vats, but by an unexplained error, these body pieces come together and coalesce into a new, synthetic species, the Neoroids, who escape amidst carnage and machine gun fire. Dr. Azuma's son is killed at the front and returned for a hero's burial, but Dr.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Casshern - Director's Cut October 24, 2007
Amazon is incorrect in the listing of the runtime - this is the 125 minute version (117 minute in the UK). This has not been edited by the studio (like Zu Warriors/Legend of Zu etc). This is the official Director's Cut of the movie (if you look closely at the box art you will see the banner at the top also informs you of this)- it just so happens that the Director's Cut is a lot shorter than the released theatrical version - a Director's Cut does not mean a longer cut! I like the unedited version although it does have a tendancy to ramble a I would be interested in seeing this version.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Film October 30, 2007
The action in this movie wasn't constant, but when there was action then it was pretty cool. Great effects for the flick. Good use of all the green screen. But to totally appreciate the movie you can't look away from the screen too much because you will miss the real meaning of what is going on. Not your average American movie where there is a clear bad guy and good guy. The one thing that kills me about Japanese movies/video games is the endings are too long and drawn out for no reason (but to some there might be a real good reason) Overall, if you are looking for your average martial arts flick look elsewhere. If you're looking for a Japanese anime brought to life then H E L L YEAH buy this.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STUNNING VISUALS November 9, 2007
Casshern is based on a 1970's Japanese Anime series Shinz Ningen Kyashn (translated as "Neo-Human Casshern". This is a futuristic film set in the shadow of The Fifty Year War between Europa and the Eastern Federation (basically Asia). The Eastern Federation has won the war but the after effects of nuclear and chemical fallout has left the region poisoned. They continue to battle what the deem as terrorists, those souls of Zone 7 where the radiation is particularly bad. The film opens with one of the most eye-popping scenes in any sci-fi picture, recounting the events of the war as legions of Europa's massive robots march on the Eastern Federation. If the first five minutes of the film don't have you energized you're probably already dead.

The film is a visual feast for the eyes. A mix of live action, animation, and CGI. The industrialized, mechanized, and grimy city conjures up images of the silent film classic `Metropolis' with its monolithic and imposing architecture and great air ships soaring in the skies. The mix of film styles was very nearly seamless creating a mythological landscape yet painfully rooted in the not-too distant future. With the health of its citizens in rapid decline, the Eastern Federation tries to come up with a means to save its people. Their hope comes from Dr. Asuma, a scientist who develops what he calls "neo-cells" which can revitalize the mind and body, curing disease, and healing wounds. The neo-cells can even regenerate body parts. But a sinister faction of the government sees other uses for Dr. Azuma's discovery. An accident or perhaps just an unexpected result of the experiment results in a creation of mutant humans whose bodies piece themselves together from organ farms in the factory.
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2.0 out of 5 stars SMH
I wanted to like this movie soooo bad. I love the casshern anime on dvd and Blu-ray which you should definitely see if you haven't. Read more
Published 2 months ago by zac
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
best movie ever since watch anime robot hunter
Published 2 months ago by Nathan Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie.
I saw this movie a long time ago and just recently found out what its called. I'm very happy to now own it. Just wish I could find it in blu-ray.
Published 5 months ago by Alan Duncna
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Loved the movie and the story line that goes with it! Packaging was awesome didn't come damaged. The reason why I gave 4 out of 5 is because it doesn't come with the english dub. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Katherine Carter
3.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING GRAPHICS!
Amazing graphics, just one downfall. My all time favorite scene was cut short, killing off one of the most climatic moments of the entire movie.
Published 9 months ago by Adairell
5.0 out of 5 stars Blew me away
Stunning film. I went in to this thinking it might be an interesting live action anime/manga film, but came out realising I'd seen one of the best films ever. Read more
Published 10 months ago by R Stone
2.0 out of 5 stars Strange
Son/Fiance dies, get brought back to life to fight others that were brought back to life. The son hates father dichotomy with all involved in a future world where one race tries... Read more
Published 12 months ago by martin
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for the price
It is a ten year old movie, so I am keeping that in mind. Not exactly like the anime but worth a watch at least once.
Published 12 months ago by Marky Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say?...
My Japanese Cinema collection just wasn't the same after I bought Casshern and put it in! Good film and Sci-Fi!
Published 13 months ago by Jonathan Kerns
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Movies I've Watched
I'm a huge fan of anime and manga in general, and this movie captures the essence of the original show while adding in dynamic, beautiful fight scenes and high-quality special... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kyle
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80 Minute Runtime?!
Phew, I was startled by that 80 minute thing..
Oddly, the official site still says it's coming to theatres.
...and copyright 2005

Personally, I imported the (deluxe) R2 version around the time it was released, so I've enjoyed this film for quite awhile now :)
Oct 23, 2007 by Bryan Trook |  See all 4 posts
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