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Returner (Ritana) (2002)



Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 7

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In the year 2084, when humanity is decimated by a ruthless alien force, all hope lies in Milly (Anne Suzuki), a hardened young soldier, as she goes back in time to stop the invasion before it's too late. Ending up in present-day 2002, she appears in the middle of a gunfight as Miyamoto (Takeshi Kaneshiro), a mysterious mercenary, is breaking up a child-slave ring headed by Mizoguchi (Goro Kishitani), a ruthless Triad member with an uncanny thirst for blood. With bullets flying left and right,

Feb 10, 2004

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A fourth-generation Terminator hand-me-down.

October 22, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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This irresistibly over-the-top delight remains truly original in spite of its debt to an array of cinematic chestnuts.

October 17, 2003
Seattle Times
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With little room for new ideas, the film must rely on the strength of its actors, and they're excellent across the board.

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Returner was a huge hit in Japan, but this would- be sci-fi epic is soporific, shamelessly derivative and barely coherent by American standards.

October 17, 2003
New York Post
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This Japanese sci-fi actioner copies so many Hollywood hits that it should win an award from the Xerox Corp.

October 17, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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The real reason to see this film is the scrappy rapport between Kaneshiro and Suzuki. They are so good together, you won't know whether to cheer or cry.

October 16, 2003
San Jose Mercury News
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At its worse when it tries to get serious, emotional or to just end the damn film.

June 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Worth catching for fans of the genre, just to whet the imagination of what this talented director could do with a coherent screenplay.

December 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

No this movie doesn't have any redeeming social value.

November 8, 2003 Full Review Source:

A watchable, if somewhat absurd, sci-fi stir fry.

October 22, 2003 Full Review Source:

Ransacking films like Independence Day for ideas is one thing. Restaging E.T. The Extraterrestrial, right down to the cuddly alien, is another matter entirely.

October 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Yamazaki has made himself into a cover band, content to play Van Halen classics for middle-aged boys looking for a trip down memory lane.

October 20, 2003 Full Review Source:

Director and co-writer Takashi Yamazaki mines familiar territory and does nothing especially new with it.

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

An action party for bored fifth graders.

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Plays like a John Woo movie superimposed on a Terminator /Independence Day /Men in Black hybrid and infused with an anime heart.

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Takashi Yamazaki doesn't have style as much as momentum, which keeps the film rolling right through the whiplash changes in tone from giddy cuteness and shameless sentimentality to brutal jabs of indiscriminate murder and mayhem.

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

No real reason to plug in here.

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Audience Reviews for Returner (Ritana)

A young woman returns from the future and enlists the unwilling help of a hitman to stop an alien invasion. The Terminator meets Independence Day with a dash of Transformers in a highly derivative but fun pulp sci-fi actioner. It borrows heavily from a lot of sources and the effects can occasionally feel a little "Stargate SG-1" but the likable leads and inventive visuals mean it is still very entertaining. There's the usual high octane martial arts mixed with future technology giving an excuse for some bullet-time acrobatics and Goro Kishitani makes an amusingly over the top villain. If the time travel paradox twist had been used with a little more imagination it could've been brilliant, but as it stands it's an undemandingly fun sci-fi actioner in the mold of Ryuhei Kitamura.
March 19, 2013
xGary Xx

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Returner is 50% fun b-movie and 50% Matrix/Terminator/ET rip-off. It's quite fun, and should have been better, if it weren't for all the stupid cliches, rubbish script, two dimentional charictors and unnessersery sub-plots. It does have a great story though, well goes without saying really as it's copied from the best, but it is still entertaining.
March 22, 2012

Super Reviewer

This Japanese sci-fi action thriller may lack originality but it still manages to be a very entertaining movie! The story consists of a young woman from a war-torn future who travels back in time 82 years to 2002 to prevent an alien invasion of earth summoning the help of a local hitman. It's got some super-cool action sequences and fairly decent special-effects. The bad guy is absolutely ruthless and the heroes are likable and excell in ass-kickery. It's Takeshi Kaneshiro at his most coolest! A must-see for sci-fi action fans.
February 1, 2011
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This Movie is great...Very Smart ^_^
October 2, 2007

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