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Dead Leaves

4.2 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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Pandy and Retro awaken naked on Earth with no recollection of their past. They embark on a devastating crime spree in search of food, clothing and transportation, but are captured by authorities and sent to the infamous lunar penitentiary named Dead Leave

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Product Details

  • Actors: Dead Leaves
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002J58QK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,512 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Jordan T. Bryant on September 27, 2004
Format: DVD
The reason the reviewer doesn't understand the beauty of this movie is because they were looking for a traditional anime style movie...DEAD LEAVES IS NOT TRADITIONAL! I own Blood: The Last Vampire and have seen many of this production team's works, BUT I have NEVER SEEN ANYTHING THIS GOOD! The reason that it is so good is because there is NO STRUCTURE!! If you are looking for a good time, good laugh, and a twisted new look, then this movie is a MUST! If you keep an open mind, you will experience a wicked, memomorable movie. WELL WORTH THE RISK.
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This is possible the most frantic anime I have ever seen. Retro and Panda, who look like characters straight out of FLCL awake on a dark street with no memories and a yen for violence. After a violent robbery and chase scene they are packed of to a prison of no return on the moon. They are fed, purges, and packed of into a cell where a momentary indiscretion somehow catapults them into a jailbreak.

From this point the story becomes on long chase and fight scene, complete with escalating bosses at the end of each level. In bits and pieces we find out Retro and Panda's previous history, and the secrets behind the walls of Dead Leaves. Nothing really ever quite makes sense, but it really isn't necessary that it does. Dead Leaves is a 'show off' piece, where twisted creativity and virtuoso animation are the real purpose of the show.

It's hard to believe that this comes from the same people who put together the atmospheric "Blood: The Last Vampire" and the beautifully drawn "Kai Doh Maru." The closest analog would be the aforementioned FLCL, without all the quiet parts. The first watching leaves a chaotic impression and it takes several more viewings before you start to pick up on a lot of the sight gags.

This isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea, especially for a US audience which has become accustomed to the new generation of anime. But it is fun in a loud, lewd, hyperactive fashion. At the first viewing the writer confided that what he wanted was for the audience to get drunk and start dancing. I'm not sure if it will take you that way, but it gives you a good idea of the driving force behind the film.
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Dead Leaves is an insane thrill ride of violence, sex and dirty jokes. I would suggest that most everyone involved in creating this masterpiece of madness might be well-versed with hallucinogenics. Forget deep plots and morals, DL has just enough story to set up the next insane sight gag, sex joke or event of ultraviolence. That said I loved it. The animation is fast and crisp looking. The voice actors are great and bring life to some really weird characters.
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So many people i know who are way into anime have never laid eyes upon this amazing piece of cinema. That to me is a HUGE travesty. I first witnessed this gloriuos film while waiting for a Gwar show - it was playing on the in-house tv system, and I was lucky enough to have caught the name of the flick before the scumdogs took the stage. I bought a VHS copy (my first of 3) the very next day! This movie is just balls-out from the word go. It's frenetic, seizure-inducing at times, and the story makes perfectly NO sense at all until you've watched the movie a few times, but damn if it isn't one of the best damn anime films I have ever seen! Pandy and Retro are two of the best characters I have ever seen...I wish they would revisit this universe and create more adventures starring these two. Until such time, I have my dvd, and will watch it repeatedly, and with relish!
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I used to watch this on Netflix pretty frequently when I first got with my boyfriend three years ago. I tried to introduce the movie to everyone I knew because it's just so chaotic and interesting. I never got sick of watching it. When I found out they removed it from Netflix, I was absolutely heartbroken, so my boyfriend decided to surprise me by buying it for me for my 22nd birthday. I was ecstatic. The DVD came quick, works well, and I'm so happy to finally have a physical copy so that I can continue to show this movie off throughout the years.
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One of my favorite directors and animators, the guy who did TTGL, made this as his "debut". The animation is extremely unique and its quite funny too, I would highly recommend if you enjoyed FLCL or Hells.
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This is a highly creative and very entertaining film. However, it's just a bit too short to warrant the same price as some feature films. There are also no special features. I'd recommend not buying this unless you are a huge fan of anime.
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Simply put, Dead Leaves is not for everyone. The action is frantic and uncontrollable, the plot is reminiscent of something Lewis Carroll would dream up, and it has an almost childish sense of humor. Viewing it for the first time was a complete assault on my senses; Scenes move forward at such a break-neck pace that I can't help but think the animators all suffer from ADD.

Dead Leaves is an ode to senseless, over-the-top violence. At times, it almost feels like an animated version of the indie comic, Scud: The Disposable Assassin. There are some definite western influences present, and the animation is very reminiscent of Peter Chung's works.

If it seems like I've been relying heavily on comparisons to other works to describe Dead Leaves, you'd be correct. On its own merits, it's nearly indescribable. Suffice it to say that, if you enjoyed any of the works I've mentioned so far, then you should at least rent Dead Leaves. If you think anime is all about weird sexual fetishes and characters with big eyes (or if you judge all anime by how it stacks up to Dragonball Z), then don't bother.
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