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Casshern (2004)

Cast: Yusuke Iseya, Kumiko Aso, Akira Terao, more...
Director: Kazuaki Kiriya
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Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 141 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English

The entire planet was divided between two opposing alliances. After fifty years of bitter warfare, the Greater Eastern Federation triumphs over the forces of Europa and gains dominion over the Eurasian continent. However, this is an empty victory. Years of chemical, biological and nuclear war have poisoned the land and left an exhausted population at the mercy of every pestilence and newly-mutated disease. Debate rages over the chances of finding some way to stave off the seemingly inevitable decline of civilization. One man comes forward with a possible solution. Dr. Azuma is a geneticist who proposes a "neo-cell" treatment that can rejuvenate the body and regenerate humankind. He appeals for funding from the goverment, but the policitians in the Health Ministry turn him down, fearing that the new technology will threaten their entrenched powers. However, a sinister faction in the powerful military makes a secret offer to provide the support he needs to further his research. When an incident occurs in the lab that sends the Professor's neo-cell cloning experiment haywire, a race of mutant human beings is unleashed upon the world. Instead of being the savior of mankind, the Professor's miraculous technology looks set to threaten its very existence ...

GreenCine Member Reviews

Don't waste your time by HK3MW September 17, 2005 - 2:28 PM PDT
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Boring, pretentious, and preachy. I didn't even find it as visually interesting as I had been led to believe by other reviews. If this movie had been an hour shorter, it would have still been terrible, though it might have been tolerable. Avoid this one.

Trapped in a video game by brakhage May 4, 2005 - 2:09 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
You know when you're playing Final Fantasy or whatever, and you do away with the boss, and the console starts grinding and whirring, and you're treated to a little CGI-animated cutscene? Whole film's like that.

It's gorgeous to look at, but really silly and determined to make as many heavy pronouncements as it can. I'll save you some time and tell you that the endlessly repeated Big Moral Lesson here is that War Is Bad, But It's Human Nature.

I kept waiting for something in the characters or the dialogue to seize my attention, or at least make me think 'ah, that was clever', but no joy. And the editing and post-processing are so egregious that half the time I couldn't parse out what was happening during fight scenes. The trailer had me quite torqued to see this film, but it's not very thrilling.

beautifully lacking by OHess April 21, 2005 - 11:34 AM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
The plot is lacking, but is made up for by some of the best production design and costumes in a japanese science fiction film to date. Technically this film is amazing, if you saw the trailer years ago and were blown away, don't hesitate to see this movie for the experience. However, there is little more about it to recommend.

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(Average 5.08)
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