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Sakura Wars: The Movie

Chisa Yokoyama , Michie Tomizawa , Mitsuru Hongo  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chisa Yokoyama, Michie Tomizawa, Urara Takano, Kumiko Nishihara, Yuriko Fuchizaki
  • Directors: Mitsuru Hongo
  • Writers: Mitsuru Hongo, Hiroyuki Nishimura, Nobuhisa Terado, Ohji Horoi, ji Hiroi
  • Producers: Emi Sasaki, Eric P. Sherman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2003
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A1HOQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,775 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The Imperial Fighting Troupe is called again to defend Tokyo against the demons. However, this time, the Douglas-Stewart Company is selling a new type of Fighting mecha that will revolutionize Japan's defense. A superior fighting machine that will make the Flower Division obsolete. However, the girls suspect something when members of their team begin to vanish. But what can they do when their division has been placed on indefinite stand-by status? Comes with Reversible DVD Cover. Features English 5.1 Dolby Digital & Dolby Surround, Japanese 5.1 Dolby Digital & Dolby Surround, and Anamorphic Video

The feature adaptation of this long-running continuity has been pumped up with redesigned characters, computer-generated mecha, jazzy special effects, and flashy tracking shots. Unfortunately, all this visual razzle-dazzle doesn't add up to much. Director Mitsurou Hongo doesn't bother to introduce the characters or the set-up, and Ojhi Hiroi's story has a jingoistic edge. Brent Furlong, the head of the American Douglas-Stewart company, plots to replace the Operetta Troupe Flower Division with his unmanned mecha Japhkiels. His real objective is the conquest of Japan, but he underestimates the young women of the Flower Division, who defeat his mecha and demons. The flat, drawn characters and the 3-D CG mechanical devices look like they're taken from two different films, and the leaden pacing makes the film feel much longer than 85 minutes. The TV series is less flashy but more entertaining. (Unrated: suitable for ages 12 and older: considerable violence) --Charles Solomon

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I actually liked this title.... February 26, 2003
By Amber
This is a pretty cute show. It has excellent animation, a good story, and good music. My beef with it is that the show ends after a couple of episodes--it just stops.
This is an OVA, and the Sakura Wars TV series comes after it. And both come after the game.
I think I should have had a little knowledge of the games before I watched this, since it just picked up with the Demons. It didn't give ANY background on the Demons at all, which had me lost for the first episode or two. But as it went along I stopped worrying about how and why the Demons existed/were there and focused on the show itself.
The dubbing in both versions is top notch. I personally prefer the English version. Since the girls are from various countries, not just Japan, they cannot be expected to speak Japanese all that well, and without an accent.But in the English, we get to hear the girls in their "native" tongues and with "native" accents. What I mean is this: The French girl *sounds* French (and she even speaks in French when we first meet her). The Russian Maria has a definitive Russian accent, which comes across very well even though we never get to hear her speak in Russian. And the Chinese teenager talks with a Chinese accent, and also speaks in Chinese.
So, watch this. You won't regret doing so, but you might want to watch the TV series just to get a little better idea of what is going on. Or get (or at least see) the games.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I have heard the negatives of Sakura Wars and I have heard the positives. I for one think it is a wonderful video. The soundtrack by Kouhei Tanaka is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of hearing and I have a most extensive collection of over 150. After ordering the soundtrack CD from Japan and listening to it at length I find I enjoy this DVD more than ever. Without a doubt it sports one of the best opening songs ever (at least as far as the get you up and going factor) and the track used for the big ending battle in the 4th chapter is truly a work of art. It is a great piece that is woven expertly into the fight. An excellent arrangement which brings home the strength and power of the series. I recommend the soundtrack most highly as well as the DVD. That battle in the 4th chapter would make an excellent demo of an audio video system as well. The story is also great. Granted it is not always the smoothest thing going and yes it does have its silly moments as well, but it is a compelling story which is presented well. One caution though-do NOT listen to the English dub! It is horrific and changes what are decent lines and sometimes really good lines into fodder for toddlers. Here is an example from the 4th chapter, "Let's get those evil nasty Demons. They are bad." Ugh! Bear with the subtitles and you will be much happier for it. It is sad that companies feel they have to dumb things down for American audiences. I love Anime and it physically hurts me to see such great movies like Mononoke and Windaria as well as this one ripped from the guts by English lines that are infantile or delivered with the enthusiasm of a rock. Passion is an ingredient in many Anime movies and it is one often removed in the English edit-not always (Grave of the Fireflies) but often. As long as you don't listen to the sometimes insultingly bad English dialog this will pan out to be a wonderful movie to watch. Get it! I love it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful animation, not enough storyline November 29, 2001
By A Customer
The anime, Sakura Wars, is based off a game for sega saturn (I think, I could be wrong). I've never actually played the game before I bought the anime, so I'm not sure how true the anime stays to the plot of the game.
With that out of the way, I might as well start listing the pros and cons of this anime. Pros: beautiful animation, bright colors, cute characters, light humor sprinkled throughout the 4 episodes. The humor in this anime is not hentai, and there are no hentai scenes whatsoever in this, so if you are a hentai fan, stay away! Cons: IT'S NOT LONG ENOUGH! Four episodes aren't nearly enough for this story. The first two episodes start out slowly, which isn't bad because the information given provides a base for the rest of the episodes. However, right when the enemy of the story is revealed (during the fourth episode), the episodes end! It's a disappointment.... it leaves the viewer craving for more.
Other information to mention: This is an action anime with a cast of mainly girls. If you prefer an anime with guys as the main characters... well, at least give this a chance. There are a few main guy characters, after all, and the Sakura Wars cast is a wonderful mix... the characters grow on you.
I gave this anime 3 stars only because the story is compressed into four episodes. Although the animation is lovely, this could have been so much better than it is.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sakura Wars: The Movie May 4, 2004
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From the acclaimed television and OVA series comes the full length movie of Sakura Wars. The animation is much better in this movie and when you watch the Oobu being loaded on the transporter bullet engine you are in for a wild treat.
Some characters may appear to be flately drawn but this is a more somber and darker movie.
If not familier with the characters do not get this first but buy the TV series then the OVA series followed by this movie. It is then that you will understand the characters. I would have given it a 5 star, but the extended CGI loading and launching of the bullet engine was a bit distracting from the story line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent movie, best $10 I've ever spent. I really recommend this movie for anybody. You won't regret buying this movie.
Published 8 months ago by Shawn Nold
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but short.
I was not familiar with this title, but I was please with the the show. The music was pleasant.

I would have liked more episodes, but it was only a single UMD. Read more
Published 8 months ago by tekno-maniac
5.0 out of 5 stars An fitting end for a great actress.
Everything went swift and smoothly. I received the items only a few days after placing the order and in pristine condition. I only have one to say: "Thumbs Up!" . Read more
Published on December 8, 2011 by Lodewijk Boute
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Add On If You Have The T.V. Series Or OVA But Nothing Really To...
There really isn't to much in the way of the movie that hasn't been done with other series like Naruto or Bleach, the basic plot is you have the Flower division in jeopardy from a... Read more
Published on September 28, 2011 by Rich(Anime&Games Will Always Prevail!)
5.0 out of 5 stars Sakura Wars The Movie
This item was awsome great anime the free gift was great also.I recommend this anime movie to everyone.
Published on June 12, 2010 by Veronica Medina
3.0 out of 5 stars Finally
Glad to see the character that almost made us give up on this otherwise enjoyable series is gone.

We're looking forward to purchasing any upcoming Sumire-free disks.
Published on April 19, 2006 by NotarySojac
4.0 out of 5 stars decent
pretty expensive for one episode. doesn't add anything to the plot, but its good to have closure on one of the fun characters. id say the best parts are the extras. Read more
Published on March 22, 2006 by Tom Le
3.0 out of 5 stars Best for knowledgable Sakura Wars fans
By "knowledgable", I mean folks who have at least played the games (not that those are easy to get in North America! Read more
Published on March 1, 2006 by Joseph A. Admire
5.0 out of 5 stars why would I need a pencil board set
The Imperial Fighting Troupe is called again to defend Tokyo against demons. However, this time, the Douglas-Stewart Company is selling a superior fighting machine that will... Read more
Published on September 28, 2005 by Ronnie Clay
5.0 out of 5 stars Much Ado About Demons
Once upon a time there was an extremely pair of Japanese video games entitled Sakura Taisen, which told the story of the Imperial Flower Combat Troop - a group of young women who... Read more
Published on August 1, 2005 by Marc Ruby™
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