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Casshern (2004)





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A genetic discovery that could prove mankind's saving grace is instead used to create the very beings who threaten their existence in director Kazuaki Kirya's visionary sci-fi epic. The time is the late 21st Century; fifty years of war between Europa and the Eastern Federation have left the planet devastated and the human race completely dispirited. In the aftermath of the Eastern Federation "victory," a new federation known as Eurasia is born. But the planet has been ravaged beyond the point of repair by nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, and a half-century of warfare has taken a devastating toll on all mankind. At first, it appears that salvation is imminent when a highly respected geneticist named Azuma announces the discovery of a so-called "neo cell" that can rejuvenate the human body without risk of rejection. Mankind's last hope threatens to become its ultimate downfall, however, when nature and science combine to create a menace that could very well extinguish the human race forever. Now, as the human race prepares to make its last stand against the ultimate enemy, a powerful warrior will emerge to fight for mankind and provide hope for future generations. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Kazuaki Kiriya, Dai Sato, Shotaro Suga
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 16, 2007
Go Fish Pictures - Official Site


Yusuke Iseya
as Tetsuya Azuma
Kumiko Aso
as Luna Kozuki
Akira Terao
as Prof. Kotaro Azuma
Kanako Higuchi
as Midori Azuma
Fumiyo Kohinata
as Dr. Kozuki
Jun Kaname
as Barashin
Hidetoshi Nishijima
as Lt. Col. Kamijo
Mitsuhiro Oikawa
as Kaoru Naito
Hideji Otaki
as Gen. Kamijo
Tatsuya Mihashi
as Old Doctor
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Critic Reviews for Casshern

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | April 26, 2011
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Surprisingly bittersweet and contemplative, and hence registers more strongly than a mere sensory spectacle.

Full Review… | December 23, 2008

Une expérience technique enlevante beaucoup plus qu'un film à part entière.

Full Review… | August 20, 2008

Like the similarly stylized Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and, to a certain extent, 300, Casshern is more about visuals than story. It's a CG playground where cartoon and live action collide.

Full Review… | October 22, 2007

Its pessimistic view of the future is as old hat as the superhero premise, but the way it looks most certainly is not. Style over substance? Certainly. But what style!

Full Review… | October 20, 2007
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Casshern

Nice effects.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

A medical researcher inadvertently creates a race of humanoids who faced with extermination by the military promptly rebel and declare war on mankind in a flashy live action anime that's frankly all over the place. The plot, such as it is, is erratic and occasionally incomprehensible and during the extended periods when there was no dialogue at all it felt like an interminably long music video. And then when the characters started spouting long winded and pretentious nonsense about the nature of war, I wished they'd kept their mouths shut. But like most Anime based stories the confused and confusing story is salvaged by the glorious visuals which are a stunning hotch potch of manga, Jeunet-esque steam punk and even expressionist imagery presented as a combination of live action and animation that is very reminiscent of Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow. And I also have to say I really like the closing scene that has a genuinely sincere and heart warming message. Unfortunately it's not enough to make up for the tediously long-winded and pretentious guff that makes up the dialogue and considering the surprising lack of action, it's waaaaaay too long. Flashy but dull.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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