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, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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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
Mayumi Sada
as Sagray
Jun Kaname
as Barashin
Hidetoshi Nishijima
as Lt. Col. Kamijo
Mitsuhiro Oikawa
as Kaoru Naito
Susumu Terajima
as Sakomoto
Hideji Otaki
as Gen. Kamijo
Tatsuya Mihashi
as Old Doctor
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Critic Reviews for Casshern

All Critics (9)

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

Full Review… | December 22, 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
Movie Views

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!

October 20, 2007
Apollo Guide

Overlong, heavy-handed and thoroughly humourless it may be, but it is also a spectacularly stylised mutation of the way we look at the world of war.

Full Review… | February 19, 2005
Movie Gazette

The semiotic noise of this juiced-up virtual exhibit doesn't exactly ask to be discerned.

Full Review… | November 13, 2004
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Casshern


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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
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Futuristic sci-fi epic from Japan. Quite disappointed to be honest. Has some style and visual flair, but there wasn't enough action and things just got too over-dramatic and sentimental. It's so CGI drenched that the film could pass as animation, it was like watching a computer game. But it has some cool moments to enjoy, they're just too few and far between.

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