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Versus (Director's Cut) (2000)

Cast: Tak Sakaguchi, Tak Sakaguchi, Hideo Sakaki, more...
Director: Ryuhei Kitamura, Ryuhei Kitamura
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Distant Horizon/Tokyo Shock, Tokyo Shock
Genre: Action, Foreign, Horror, Japan, Zombies, Yakuza, Asian Horror, Martial Arts
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Evil Dead 2 meets Street Fighter by way of The Matrix in this wild and woolly zombie/yakuza/samurai/kung fu/splatter flick directed by Ryuhei Kitamura. Throughout the world there are 666 portals to the other side; the 444th is Japan and is called the Forest of Resurrection, where good has battled evil for time immemorial. The film opens with prisoner KSC2-303 (Tak Sakaguchi) and his fellow cellmate escaping a maximum-security prison and ending up in the forest where they are supposedly to be picked up by a band of gangsters in a shiny Mercedes and taken to a safer place. Instead, the gangsters try to use them and a female hostage (Chieko Misaka) as pawns in a larger power struggle. A gunfight ensues killing KSC2-303's colleague and the mob boss, but just as the standoff is about to yield more violence, an odd thing happens -- the dead get up and attack the living. In the chaos, KSC2-303 and girl disappear into the forest with a band of slickly coifed yakuza in hot pursuit. High-kicks, machine guns, and rampant disembowelments ensue. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Ratings

Versus (Bonus Disc) (2000)
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5.34 (29 votes)
Versus (Director's Cut) (2000)
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6.18 (294 votes)

GreenCine Member Reviews

R-Rated Version, not Unrated/Director's Cut by Jihatsuteki January 29, 2007 - 2:16 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Greencine lists the film as being the unrated version (and given the bonus disc available for rental, everything should indeed be from the Special Edition set). However, the disc that I received (the first disc -- I did not rent the bonus one) was the R-RATED version. Perhaps it was just a stroke of incredibly bad luck, but I'll happily splurge $30+ if it means I get to see the film uncut and uncensored the first time around rather than see something that's incomplete.

Just a note for those as picky about film versions (and perhaps other things, though I'd hope not) as I am.

underbudget but interesting by JTabor March 2, 2006 - 8:46 AM PST
Versus was a good film that kept my interest the entire 2 hours. I wanted to like this movie more than I did. It had a good plot, almost believeable action, and zombies. In my book, that's usually a formula for success. I think if the film had a bigger budget, it would have been an 8 or 9. It wasn't exactly a horror movie which made it different than other J. Horror. I agree with the other reviewers as it was an action movie with zombies in it.

I now own this by JBellows June 14, 2004 - 4:24 PM PDT
3 out of 6 members found this review helpful
This is totally sweet. Its an underbudget indie Japanese homage to all the horror films the directors and crew loved. Its a Japanese zombie movie with attitude. Must rent, and a must buy in my opinion.

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