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  • Actors: Sendai Eri, Kana Hanazawa, Jamie Marchi, Toshiyuki Morikawa
  • Directors: Kazyoshi Katayama
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Animated, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008D1RCKY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,498 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Kazuyoshi Katayama, the director of Appleseed and the Big O series unleashes a violent survival film in which the distinction between dream and reality dissolves. Panic spreads worldwide as the Medousa Virus-a fatal pandemic that solidifies the body to stone-threatens to wipe out the human race. 160 infected individuals are selected to be cryogenically frozen while a cure is developed. Kasumi is one of those chosen for the experimental program. Forced to enter without her twin sister, Shizuku, her distress multiplies when she awakens to find the facility overrun with thick, thorny vines and ravenous monsters. As Kasumi and six others fight a losing battle to escape this labyrinthine nightmare, questions cloud her distorted mind. Where is her sister? Why did their only salvation mutate into a deathtrap? If they survive, how much longer do they have to live?

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Adapted from the manga by Yuji Iwahara, King of Thorn (2009) is a violent science fiction adventure that plays off the fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty." In late 2012, humanity is attacked by what appears to be a deadly microbe: Acquired Cellular Induration Syndrome, usually called the Medousa [sic] Virus, because its victims turn to stone. Three years later, 160 mismatched people are flown to a computer-controlled cryogenic facility in a Scottish castle, where they will sleep for up to a century--or until a cure is found. When they awaken 48 hours later, the castle is a ruin engulfed in brambles and stalked by deadly monsters. Four survivors fight and scramble their way through the castle, trying to discover the source of the terrors that surround them: British military ace Marco Owen; Katherine Turner, a woman mourning her lost son; Timothy, a boy who's a video game ace; and Kasumi Ishiki, a Japanese teenager. King of Thorn offers a plethora of elaborate CG effects but little in the way of coherent storytelling. There are Raptor-like monsters, flying creatures that suggest Pokémon Zubats gone bad, and miles of spikey vines that metamorphose into an enormous dragon. Director Kazuyoshi Katayama apparently believes if one special effect is good, two effects must be better, and six better yet. Floors and walls crumble, vines whip after the people, squadrons of skeletal creatures attack, and floods repeatedly sweep through the castle. How all these horrors relate to the virus, which is really an entity from outer space, Timothy's video game, and/or the fantasies of Kasumi's twin sister Shizuku, is anybody's guess. Viewers will either cheer King of Thorn as an intriguing thrill ride or dismiss it as an incomprehensible gore-fest. (Rated TV MA: profanity, graphic violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, brief nudity) --Charles Solomon

Customer Reviews

The movie was good, had to watch it twice to fully get the plot ect.
Hi Ki Lok Ung
This is a good anime that is entertaining to watch. animation if very good, and the story well thought out.
Vandrek
It's worth watching, but will you thinking "Man, what a stupid movie."
Richard C. Drew

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Abby on July 13, 2013
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I have never heard of this, but I saw a trailer, and instantly bought it on a whim, and I have to say I am very happy with my purchase! It is a great movie, the animation is flawless and very artsy with some CGI put into it. The story is very in-depth and the characters are unique and pull the story along quite nicely. Anyone looking for a strange, creative, fantastic, anime to jump into should definitely buy this, it will not disappoint you!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vandrek on April 20, 2013
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This is a good anime that is entertaining to watch.
animation if very good, and the story well thought out.
Happy to have added it to my collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam on April 18, 2013
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The movie it self was well made and I did enjoy that I was not able to completely predict the plot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Allen on April 18, 2013
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It was great, had some amazing twists. And the animation was great, the story kinda confuses you alittle. because it moves so fast.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Horsley on January 2, 2014
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The animation was fine and the story was interesting, with a provocative twist at the end. But having seen the ending I can't imagine sitting through it over and over again. We watched it once and then sold it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Rangel on August 23, 2013
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This is one of my favorite anime movies by far the art and animation are amazing not to mention the story line kept me hooked through out the whole movie. This movie is definitely not for young children because of all the blood scenes but its not gore. The ending got a little confusing at first but then it all worked out in the end a 9.5/10
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rod on January 5, 2014
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I got this on the strength of the good reviews and awards conferred. I found the movie to be completely incomprehensible and not the least bit entertaining.

Not my cup of tea.
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I really liked this movie. The suprises were refreshing because they caught me off guard instead of them being cliche and predictable. This movie is based off of a manga and after watching it I read the manga to see if they were different. The manga is much better in comparison but that was not a suprise because of the differences in length. I thought the movie did a good job of using the story in the manga and editing it to suit its needs. This is not to say that they didn't edit quite a bit because they did but, I liked both forms of this story. I would reccommend watching the movie and then reading the manga so you are not dissappointed with the changes that were made to the movie's story because you will probably love the manga as well.
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