Spriggan (2001)




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Animator of the groundbreaking animé classic Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo was the executive producer for this two-fisted Raiders of the Lost Ark-like animated action-adventure flick, based on a manga by Hiroshi Takashige and Ryoji Minagawa. The film opens with members of the secret organization Arkam rooting around on Mt. Ararat -- the supposed landing spot of Noah's Arc. They not only find the Arc, they also discover death in the guise of a powerful magnetic beam that blasts them to nothing and takes out three U.S. satellites along the way. Six months later, Arkam member and high school student Yu Ominae almost gets blown up himself when a classmate wired with explosives goes off in the schoolyard. He also gets the cryptic message that "Noah will be your grave." Someone is out for Yu's head, and he wants to know why. After venturing to Turkey, he braves dangerous trap after bloody ambush. When he finally does reach Mt. Ararat, he learns that his organization Arkam has a rival in its effort to learn the secrets of the Arc, and that group is a U.S. government-sponsored special force which includes a massive powerhouse of a man called Fightman, and a whey-faced trickster named Little Boy. While Arkam is devoted to protecting humanity from the terrible power of the Arc, Fightman and his cronies are bent on using the ancient object for their own twisted ends.
R (for violence)
Action & Adventure , Animation , Anime & Manga , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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ADV Films


Kevin Corn
as Col. MacDougall
Chris Patton
as Yu Ominae
Ted Pfister
as Dr. Meisel
Kelly Manison
as Margaret
Mike Kleinhenz
as Fattman
Spike Spencer
as Little Boy
John Swasey
as Mr. Smith
Andy McAvin
as Jean-Jacques Mondo
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Critic Reviews for Spriggan

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

Characterisation is regulation thin, plotting largely nonsensical, 'camerawork' and effects increasingly pyrotechnical until an amazing final light show inside the Ark.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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June 13, 2002
AV Club
Top Critic

Much of Spriggan feels like an apocalyptic Arnold Schwarzenegger cartoon, with lots of automatic gunfire, rivers of blood and dialogue that could have been written by a theologically inclined 11-year-old with a thing for explosions.

October 11, 2001
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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August 14, 2005

This animated 1998 actioner about a Japanese superspy out to defend the world's most guarded archaeological secrets from evil Americans has to be seen to be believed.

Full Review… | March 11, 2003
Austin Chronicle

The Spriggan are specially trained troops placed all over the world for the purpose of guarding historical artifacts - kinda sci-fi Indiana Joneses if you will.

December 8, 2002
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Spriggan


A sci fi/fantasy/action thrill ride that is brutal and intense to the very core. It gets a little iffy toward the end, but ultimately proves to be satisfying. It has an interesting story to top it all off. Some people will be thrown off by the more bizarre elements, but for those who stick out will find this one to be just awesome.

Viktor Berzinsky
Viktor Berzinsky

Not bad.. wanted a little more though, good enough for an old Animation Film.. There are better ones these days ha ha ha ^_^

EightThirty .
EightThirty .

Super Reviewer


Spriggan rocks! Spectacular action-adventure animation that compelling mix of Raiders of the Lost Ark and James Bond adventures.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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