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Casshern (Limited Edition) (Japan Version - English Subtitles)
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Fashion photographer and music video director Kiriya Kazuaki's long awaited first film, set in a stunning retro-futuristic world, is a visual and philosophical tour de force.

An updated version of an animated television series from Tatsunoko Pro made in the early 1970s, Casshern is a classic tale of good vs. evil. The film is set in the future with planet Earth divided into two opposing alliances. After a long and bitter war, the Greater Eastern Federation triumphed over Europa to rule the Eurasian continent. However, the victory is a hollow one. The war has left the planet a wasteland, ravaged by chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, and its inhabitants are weak and susceptible to every pestilence and new disease that appears.

With hope running out for the survival of the human race, a geneticist named Dr. Azuma proposes a neo-cell treatment through which he can rejuvenate the human body and potentially save mankind. The success of his research is critical to him on a personal level as well, as his disease-stricken wife Midori is growing weaker each day.

One day, a freak bolt of lightning sends Azuma's neo-cell cloning experiment haywire, and an army of superhuman androids (Shinzo Ningen) are unleashed on the world. The military attacks and kills most of them, but some survive, taking Midori hostage and employing a robot army to wage war on the humans in an effort to wipe them off the face of the earth. As options run out, Tetsuya, Azuma's son who had been killed in combat, is reborn through his father's neo-cell technology as the hero Casshern. Will he be able to save the world, or is it too late?

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Product Title: Casshern (Limited Edition) (Japan Version - English Subtitles) 再造人卡辛 (期間限定生產) (日本版 - 英文字幕) 再造人卡辛 (期间限定生产) (日本版 - 英文字幕) CASSHERN <邦画マル得キャンペーン> (期間限定生産) Casshern (Limited Edition) (Japan Version - English Subtitles)
Artist Name(s): Oikawa Mitsuhiro | Terao Akira | Toshiaki Karasawa | Sada Mayumi | Iseya Yusuke | Aso Kumiko | Terajima Susumu | Nishijima Hidetoshi | Mihashi Tatsuya | Kaname Jun | Kohinata Fumiyo | Higuchi Kanako | Otaki Hideji | Miyasako Hiroyuki 及川光博 | 寺尾聰 | 唐澤壽明 | 佐田真由美 | 伊勢谷友介 | 麻生久美子 | 寺島進 | 西島秀俊 | 三橋達也 | 要潤 | 小日向文世 | 樋口可南子 | 大瀧秀治 | 宮迫博之 及川光博 | 寺尾聪 | 唐泽寿明 | 佐田真由美 | 伊势谷友介 | 麻生久美子 | 寺岛进 | 西岛秀俊 | 三桥达也 | 要润 | 小日向文世 | 樋口可南子 | 大泷秀治 | 宫迫博之 及川光博 | 寺尾聰 | 唐沢 寿明 | 佐田真由美 | 伊勢谷友介 | 麻生久美子 | 寺島進 | 西島秀俊 | 三橋達也 | 要潤 | 小日向文世 | 樋口可南子 | 大滝秀治 | 宮迫博之 Oikawa Mitsuhiro | Terao Akira | Toshiaki Karasawa | Sada Mayumi | Iseya Yusuke | Aso Kumiko | Terajima Susumu | Nishijima Hidetoshi | Mihashi Tatsuya | Kaname Jun | Kohinata Fumiyo | Higuchi Kanako | Otaki Hideji | Miyasako Hiroyuki
Director: Kiriya Kazuaki 紀里谷和明 纪里谷和明 紀里谷和明 Kiriya Kazuaki
Release Date: 2007-01-27
Publisher Product Code: DA-2452
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Japanese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Publisher: Shochiku Home Video
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004559856

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
紀里谷和明 (監督、脚本) / 竜の子プロダクション (原作) / 伊勢谷友介 / 麻生久美子 / 唐沢寿明

[テクニカル・インフォメーション]
初廉価版/2007年4月30日までの期間限定出荷
製作国 : 日本 (Japan)
公開年 : 2004

[ストーリー]
そこは、我々が歩んできた歴史とは全く異なる歴史を歩んできた世界。大戦は50年も続き、世界は大亜細亜連邦共和国とヨーロッパ連合という、ふたつの陣営に分かれていた。長い戦いの末に、大亜細亜連邦共和国は勝利し、東アジアのユーラシア大陸一帯を支配するに至った。しかし、その勝利で得た物は人心の荒廃に、化学兵器、細菌兵器、核がもたらした薬害やウィルス、放射能などの後遺症と荒れた大地だけであった。 『人類は座して緩やかな終焉を迎えるだけなのか?再生の道はないのか?』 解決策を提唱する人物がいた。東博士である。彼は人間のあらゆる部位を自在に造り出す「新造細胞」理論を提唱、学会で援助を仰ぐ。東博士は重い病に苦しむ妻ミドリのために、この研究をどうしても実用化したかったのだ。既得権を奪われまいと、博士の理論を却下する保健省。しかし、その理論を私欲のために利用しようとする軍関係者の援助により、研究は始まった。 そして故意か必然か、実験場から生まれた新生命体・新造人間。人類は神の領域へと踏み込んだのだ。しかし、人類を救済するはずだった「新造細胞」は、人類へ滅びの道を歩ませようとしていた・・・。

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Professional Review of "Casshern (Limited Edition) (Japan Version - English Subtitles)"

June 9, 2009

This professional review refers to Casshern (2004) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Put your eyeballs back in their sockets; Casshern is just a movie. An adaptation of the early-seventies anime Robot Hunter Casshan, Casshern is a gonzo, balls-to-the-wall tech demo that overshadows - or perhaps sidesteps - the usual requirements of narrative filmmaking. While that might seem like a fatal transgression, forgiveness will likely be easy, or simply a fleeting afterthought. When you're subjected to visual crack, little things like logic, character, and coherent storytelling understandably fall by the wayside.

A fifty-year war has left Mother Earth a beaten-up wasteland. Mankind and its vast arsenal of weapons are to blame, and there's a price: many suffer from synthetic diseases. The answer to their problems: more technology, specifically the "neo cell" project from Professor Azuma (Akira Terao). Basically, the old coot is creating a big genetic swimming pool to manufacture replacement body parts. But the neo cell project spawns mutants who crawl out of the genetic sludge and declare war on their creators. Led by the white-haired Burai (Toshiaki Karasawa), these "Neo Sapiens" decide to cleanse the earth of human beings, and manufacture an army of CG robots to do it. But there's still hope: Tetsuya Azuma (Yusuke Iseya), son of Professor Azuma. Tetsuya bought it in the war, but thanks to even more technology, he gets to live again. With a suit of white battle armor and newly acquired superhuman skills, Tetsuya can now fight for mankind as Casshern! Cue CG rumbles galore.

The immediate problem: it's not clear what Tetsuya is fighting for. There are severe emotional, social, political, and probably philosophical reasons for Tetsuya's struggle. Basically, he wasn't too keen on returning from the dead, because while he was a soldier he engaged in ethnic cleansing and the mass slaughter of innocents. Mankind isn't the good guy in this film; in fact, man is portrayed as a misguided, selfish bunch who should get a smackdown for their apocalypse-bringing ways. Rooting for Tetsuya is automatic because he looks so damn cool, but given the circumstances, rooting for the Neo Sapiens isn't such a bad idea, either.

But Tetsuya fights for simpler reasons: the Neo Sapiens have kidnapped his mother, and his true love Luna (Kumiko Asou) is pretty depressed. Even worse, his father shows up and Tetsuya isn't happy to see him. Director Kazuaki Kiriya assaults his audience with both personal and existential, and isn't shy about using voiceover, sudden monologuing, or copious montage to get the message across. The material is potent, but also very dense. Kiriya is a music video director, so getting messages out in flashy, disjointed style is business as usual. But in a 140-minute movie, MTV-style jumps and lightning-quick interludes can prove tiring.

Still, anyone who watches anime is used to dense philosophical storytelling - and they may like it too. Casshern is cut from the same cloth as existential anime like Neon Genesis Evangelion, and is so unapologetic about its emotional and thematic excess that it might as well be beating you over the head with a giant plastic Pikachu. So don't think; just sit back and geek out. You can dissect the murky depths of Casshern, or you can let your eyeballs do all the work. Above all else, Casshern is visually astounding. The set designs, lurid cinematography, and impressive CG all add up to one deliriously dazzling package that should delight everyone who owns an X-Box - and also a lot of people who don't. It's questionable if everyone who catches Casshern will dig through the glorious exterior to decipher its densely-packed inner core, but it's all good anyway. Chances are that the abundance of top-notch eye candy will satiate even the most ADD-afflicted. Casshern succeeds on more than one level - especially the superficial one.

By Ross Chen - LoveHKFilm.com

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.4 out of 10 (34)

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March 28, 2008

This customer review refers to Casshern (2004) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Simply amazing! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I just finished watching Casshern and I have to say that it is now within my top 3 favorite japanese movies.

I was surprised when I saw that it was made in 2004. This movie has amazing graphics and I love the mystery and hidden messages behind the whole story. One may find it confusing, but I am used to the japanese movies with hidden plots. I happen to love these kinds of movies because they make me think. Not everything is within the mind's reach at first...

I also loved this movie because the characters looked normal and not 'overly beautiful'. I can really tell that this was done Kiriya Kazuaki. I see his creative in this just like the Utada PV's he directed.

Kiriya Kazuaki is one of the photographers/directors that I respect and I must say that his work couldn't have been better.

This is a must for foreign movie collectors. ^_^
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July 13, 2006

This customer review refers to Casshern (2004) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
2 people found this review helpful

What HAPPENED??! Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
This film got a great look, feel and visuals going for it. But it's a sci-fi, based anime theme movie, so, what happened to the action? There's barely any of it. The best action sequence occurs around the mid point of the movie and it only last about 3 mins. Trully dissappointing. This could have been a classic if the director didn't spend sooooo much time with his philosophical views about men, war, etc., etc., etc. It was like watching a political press conference, with the politicians just going around in circles, never getting to the point or stating anything of any significance!
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May 27, 2006

This customer review refers to CASSHERN - 3DVDs Ultimate Edition (Japan Version - English Subtitles)
oh. Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
this movie was amazing, with all of its themes on how humans are quite unopen to individuality and are always greedy for more when they have enough. i think the director (utada's husband) did an amazing jobs with the direction of the movie and how the characters really mesh well with their roles. i especially like all the effects and settings.
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April 11, 2006

This customer review refers to Casshern Ultimate Edition DTS (Korean Version)
Awesome Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I love this movie. It has an awesome meaning (world peace) and morale (accepting others' differences). I don't think there is any other movie that can show these things any better.
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February 24, 2006

This customer review refers to Casshern (2004) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

one of the worst Customer Review Rated Bad 1 - 1 out of 10
i hv such high expectation on this movie.. but the fact is that this is one of the worst movie i hv ever seen.
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