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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

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Product Details

  • 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008D1RCKY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,692 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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14 of 14 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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6 of 7 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 4 people found the following review helpful By GrandMasterGris on January 15, 2015
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This is a peculiar film. Not in that it has odd concepts to deliver or is filled with multiple mind-blowing twists (though there is one that is possible to understand on your first viewing), but that it doesn't seem like a lot happens in 2 hours. For a horror film, it seems very unoriginal in that there are only two ways in which lead characters die (there are seven lead characters), and most of the film is spent running around to escape terribly-rendered CGI monsters. The animation can range from beautiful and breathtaking to banal and laughable (the latter applies to the absolutely horrendous computer generated animation). The plot itself is simple: survive. It thickens in the last fifth, and all that happens before are merely discoveries. The characters aren't your typical stereotypes (save one), but that doesn't make them interesting. I really don't care if these people get eaten along the way or not because, quite frankly, they are a bore. Some of the science mumbo-jumbo is hard to grasp in reality, and there are plenty of questions left over when the movie is finished that you don't care to ask because you honestly couldn't care less. So, then, you might be wondering what exactly is so great about this film? One word: atmosphere. This anime is a suspense-thriller because of the picture it paints with the scenery, situation, and music. The main song is haunting and melodious, and fits in perfectly with the scenario and the setting. The facility itself is spooky, as if some foreboding presence is hovering over the entire building. The fact that the characters seem to be completely abandoned with the facility adds to the atmosphere, and draws you in with the mystery of what happened to the rest of the world.Read more ›
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5 of 7 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 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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5 of 7 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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It was a decent anime. The animation itself was fair if not amazing. the story keeps you interested although the characters are a bit cliché. It has some twists that annoying clever people who wont shut up and have to tell you what's going to happen next will figure out.

Its a fair edition into my collection. Nothing memorable to cosplay though.
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i read the manga and watch this and i was a little disappointed. but as a movie by itself, it was really good. i recommend it to any anime fan/collector.
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