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[Asian Movies - Live Action] Video: NTSC Audio: Dolby Digital Region: All Region Dialogue: Japanese Subtitles: English, Chinese Number of Disc(s): 1 Runtime: Movie Description: After an alien invasion threatens to annihilate the human race, a young girl named Milly (Anne Suzuki) must go back in time, and enlist the reluctant aid of skilled gunman Miyamoto (Takeshi Kaneshiro) to discover and prevent the start of the war. However trouble ensues when the two protagonists are forced to deal with a Japanese mafia boss named Mizoguchi (Goro Kishitani) who is somehow involved in the start of the war, all the while racing to find a way to stop the oncoming destruction.

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  • Format: NTSC
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A2V8AO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,231 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Joshua Koppel on December 22, 2004
Format: DVD
The Earth has been overrun by aliens. Only a small group remains hidden and free. They hope to go back in time to the cause of the war and prevent it. But the hideout is discovered and all is almost lost when a young, and untrained, woman jumps through the time gate to our present.

Although untrained as a soldier, she does know the basics of the mission. An alien ship will crash and the occupant needs to be killed before it can start the invasion. It seems simple enough except that future knowledge is not completely accurate. The ship has already crashed and the occupant has been taken away. Now with the help of a local criminal trying to go straight, she must fight harder than she knows to give humanity a future.

Good action, some nice plot twists, and a time paradox or two all combine to make an old plot seem fresh. I bought this one based on a trailer on another DVD and I was not disappointed. The film is fairly intelligent and the hero is wonderfully resourceful, desperate, and caring. Her character does not fall apart as she unravels what is going on and what she must do to stop it. Worth watching.
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I purchased this movie expecting a cheesy film with bad acting like most recent Japanese live-action movies. I also expected a movie that borrowed heavily from other movies. But this really wasn't either one of those movies, at least not more than any other movie out of Hollywood.
Others have already reviewed this movie (girl goes back in time to save the human race), so I won't spend any more time on it.
The acting wasn't bad at all, especially Ann Suzuki's sometimes-serious, sometimes-rebellious character, Milly. The dubbing was also done well -- it was actually worth listening to. The CG and special effects were very good and imaginative, contributing to the plot. The soundtrack was a little inconsistent, and some of the camerawork was kind of strange, but nothing too distracting.
All in all, this movie stands on its own as a good sci-fi movie. It won't compare to older movies by Kurosawa, and it isn't as refined as many recent science fiction movies from the U.S. (although much better than Roland Emmerich's Godzilla), but it's still not bad by any stretch.
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This was a great time travel sci-fi thriller. Great twists and the bad guy is awesome. I've always believed that it's the bad guy that carries any thriller. Sure the good guy should win but don't forget to have a bad guy that you love to hate.

The camera work and special effects are excellent. I would put this up against any thriller put out by Hollywood since the original Matrix.
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Yes, this movie has stolen ideas from other sci-fi films and yes, the characters are a bit formulaic but that doesn't take away from it's entertainment value. I really enjoyed watching this movie and was surprised to find that it was not as overly cheesy as I thought it would be. The characters are likeable, the plot is still interesting albeit copied from elsewhere, and action sequences are not too over-the-top. If you enjoy pure entertainment, then you'll enjoy this film. It helps that Takeshi Kaneshiro is in it too!
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I just finished watching this movie and let me tell you I am quite impressed. Especially after reading all the so called "movie critic" reviews of this movie. You know, I have had enough with the stupidity and hypocrisy of your average critic and I am not going to even bother anymore with reading what they have to say about a given movie. It has become obvious to me that a good majority of them are so concerned about what it is fashionable to say or what they think other critics think they should say that any chance of them giving a sincere and open minded look at a movie seems completely impossible. And you know what is the fashionable thing to say about this movie? That it is derivative, that it is only an amalgam of ripped-off ideas from other movies.
Take for example the Amazon.com editorial review above which says that "there's not a single original idea in Returner...combining elements of The Matrix, E.T., The Terminator and Independence Day, plus a dash of Back to the Future". This is basically a carbon copy of what nearly every wanna-feel-important movie critic on the net is writing about this movie (so who is being derivative here?). But I ask them, how is it any more derivative than the movies that they list as being ripped-off? Or any other movie for that matter. By the impossibly high standards with which they have obviously judged this movie ALL MOVIES would have to be considered derivative. 'Independence Day' becomes no more than a rehash of 'War of the Worlds' and 'Back to the Future' a rehash of 'The Time Machine' and so on and so forth. This is ridiculous. They are obviously being unfair to this movie. Yes it does contain elements from the movies mentioned, as well as elements from a thousand other movies, but so what?
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Takeshi Kaneshiro, a Japanese and Hong Kong action star does a great job as a mysterious assassin of mobsters. This is a cool movie with great special effects, and good gun fighting sequences. It does borrow from the "Matrix" look with the black outfit and the black coat... but it doesn't take away from the movie's unique take on the genre. This movie is made in Japan, and mostly presented in the Japanese language (with some Mandarin and English), so hopefully the integrity of the soundtrack would be preserved when shown in the United States. This has a ship load of special effects. It has space ships, commercial airplanes transforming into giant robotic beings, air planes, and it has space aliens. This movie deals with time travel, war with invading race of space aliens, Japanese triads, government cover-ups, and guns. Overall the movie works for me in many levels, and I recommend action fans to check it out.
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