Casshern - Ultimate Edition 3 DVD Set

Casshern - Ultimate Edition 3 DVD Set
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Starring Yusuke Iseya, Kumiko Aso, Satoshi Terao, Kanako Higuchi, Jun Kaname, Mayumi Sada, Mitsuhiro Oikawa, Hiroyuki Miyasako
Video Format NTSC
Audio DTS 6.1CH
Language Japanese
Subtitles English
Running Time 141 Minutes
Genre Japanese Movie
Version  Japan
PAX-Code PAX0000306051
Catalog No.  DA-452
Item Code  4988105029774

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"Why must we keep fighting?"

Set in a uniquely retro-futuristic world, "CASSHERN" addresses this theme in a powerful drama that is at once entertaining and profound.

The author behind this extraordinary project is Kazuaki Kiriya, an acclaimed fashion photographer and music video director. In addition to co-writing and directing the film, he also served as its cinematographer.

He recruited some of Japan's finest creative talents to help him, including CG Supervisor - Haruhiko Shono(GADGET), Visual FX Supervisor - Toshiyuki Kimura (Dragonhead, Ring), Action Scene Story Board - Shinji Higuchi (Gamela, Evangelion), Production Designer - Yuji Hayashida (Ritual, Azumi), Costume - Michiko Kitamura (Ichi the Killer)

The cast, a mix of veteran actors and rising stars, is a veritable who's-who of Japanese film talent. Playing the part of Casshern is Yusuke Iseya (Distance, Afterlife); his fiancee, Luna, is played by Kumiko Aso (Pulse) and Toshiaki Karasawa (Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald) is their mortal enemy, the leader of the mutant humans. Akira Terao (Akira Kurosawa's Dreams) and Kanako Higuchi (Shara) are some more of the household names that make up the superb supporting cast.

"CASSHERN" harnesses the incredible talents of this team in an epic of sweeping visual power and deep emotional resonance.

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Necchan (22) on 05, Sep. 2009 01:13 (HKT)
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Casshern is a movie that's hard to label.
Post-apocaliptic, gloriously visual, it's more of immensely vibrant painting of musicvid that "just" a movie.
The story has nothing in common with the original series by Tatsunoko, Shinzō Ningen Kyashān, The plot doesn't focus on robotics, but rather on Neo Cells, human cells that can form any body part and be transplanted without rejection. The themes of self-sacrifice, free-will, and "acceptance" and "fear" of the different don't appear either.
As it stands, you can spot a few inadequacies and holes in the plot; and the ending might be too ambigous and hard to grasp, especially if you're looking for a blockbuster movie, with many fights and speicla effects.
In the end, Casshern is a beautifully crafted movie, and it's worth being watched, if only for the visual,
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alex.hornby (1) on 10, Feb. 2005 22:39 (HKT)
Beautiful and thought-provoking
There are no doubts about Casshern\'s ability to impress visually and aurally - the design is simply sumptuous. It tends to hammer it\'s allegory of war storyline a bit. About half way through you \'get it\', and then the rest of the films tells you why you should. I liked the disjointed narrative, which makes repeat viewing almost a welcome neccessity, and performances are believable and lyrical. Points knocked off for message hammering, adn some dreadful rock music, which wasn\'t as bad as I thought it was gonna be from the trailer...
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cybergel (3) on 23, Jan. 2005 22:30 (HKT)
Great DVD, mundane movie
Casshern seems to aiming for greatness but falls short on expectations. The aesthetic aspects of the movie looks and sounds great. The script fails utterly. Miserable is the exact word. The storyline is muddled, characters does or react to unbelievably stupid things that happen around them. In short, if you can look beyond the plot holes, this DVD edition is for you.
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millerwakka (1) on 17, Jan. 2005 09:29 (HKT)
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I\'ve seen this film four times now and I try to fault it but fail. Its truely the most amazing, moving, and emotionaly rich piece of film I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. It plays out almost like a poem, it\'s beautiful scripting, acting, direction, and yes, the amazing visuals, are breathtaking.

I\'ve never found a film worth owning more in my life, and it\'s such a shame that it\'s beauty is lost on so many people. I can only hope that one day people may discover its countless strengths instead of discarding it as eyecandy as the message seemingly shoots over their heads.
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backstepprogram (15) on 19, Nov. 2004 07:15 (HKT)
All That Glitters ...
All that glitters is not gold ...

CASSHERN is the kind of film that you really want to like, despite some tremendous inadequacies in the plot, pacing, script, etc. A tremendous breakthrough from Japanese cinema, CASSHERN offers everything that any die hard film fan could cherish: a multi-layer, action-intensive plot backed by top-notch visuals that, in many cases, defy definition as well as expectations. The film looks like a million bucks ... but, sadly, that\'s all it does.

While CASSHERN promises to deliver some huge bucks in premise, it only manages to muster strength in the first half, giving way to a second half weighed down by the conventions of taking a relatively mainstream concept -- good versus evil -- and pigeonholing an all-too-predictable message of the art-house set in the conclusion.

Hint: if your point can be made in a few sentences, then what\'s the purpose of a 140 minute film?

However, CASSHERN is the kind of film that\'s easy to relish in its strengths: the visuals are, pardon the pun, to die for; the hero is well worth the worship; and the effects push the envelope when compared to anything else put out by Japan previously so far as I\'m concerned. It\'s good bad that all that glitters isn\'t gold; if it were, CASSHERN would\'ve been the mother lode.
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