Venus Wars (Vinasu Senki) (1989)

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In this sci-fi adventure, an overpopulated 21st-century Earth begins sending settlers to Venus, which has just been hit by an ice asteroid that has made the planet inhabitable. Unfortunately those they send are the very worst people in the world. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Animation , Anime & Manga , Art House & International , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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½

The Venus Wars is an well written, well-paced war movie with a personal and gritty atmosphere. A movie that harkens back to a simpler time, a time when Japanese animators didn't have the luxury of computer animation and cel-shading. It surprisingly features a solid English dub job (despite some throw-away parts), since it was released in a time when the infiltration of Japanese animation into American homes was still in its infancy. The Venus Wars doesn't succumb to the over the top style that some Japanese developed animation does, which gives it a believable feel, the feel that it could have also easily been adapted into a live action movie. It doesn't re-write the action genre, but it does it right. Notes - The Venus wars was aired in heavy rotation in the late 1990's on the Sci-Fi Channel, back when the Sci-Fi Channel actually aired things worth watching, like MST3K. Knowing the way the channel treated stuff like this, I could imagine heavy editing due to content and length. - As far as I know the only DVD version of this movie available in North America is the non-anamorphic "US-Manga" edition, released in 1998. I would love to see this movie given an updated release on DVD, or Blu-Ray.

CR Sommers
CR Sommers
½

[u][b]The Venus Wars[/b][/u][b] Review: [/b]I figured it out. An awesome Japanese anime team got a couple American five year-olds, a horny kid around thirteen, a script from a bum, and they made The Venus Wars. The only thing cool about this movie are the vehicle designs and the [i]idea[/i] of a colonized Venus. The acting of the characters, understand they are animated, is pretty bad. It's almost two hours long too. I would have given it a 6 if it just had ended around fifty minutes without the rest of the story. Pleh! This could have been cool, but it's not.

Raziel Black
Raziel Black

[url="http://animeworld.com/reviews/venuswars.html"]http://animeworld.com/reviews/venuswars.html[/url] [size=+1][b][url="http://animeworld.com/reviews/definitions.html#synopsis"]Plot Synopsis[/url][/b][/size] Some time in the not too distant future, mankind has colonized Venus. After terraforming the planet to make the temperatures bearable and the air breathable, settlers seeking a life better than that on Earth came. But, as with Earth, not everything goes as planned. Life on Venus is hard, and the people there pass the time on watching a violent sport that works like a cross between a motorbike race and football. Hiro is just another one of the players, but when a neighboring nation invades his home country, he and his teammates decide to do their best to help out the homeland. Meanwhile, a reporter visiting from Earth, Susan Sommers (no, just an in joke, she hasn't changed careers in the next century), is reporting on the war and hunting for a Pulitzer. But, war isn't as simple or clean as it first seems to either of them. [table border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0" width="100%"] [tbody][tr][td bgcolor="#99ccff"] [size=+1][b][url="http://animeworld.com/reviews/definitions.html#review"]Review[/url][/b][/size] [/td][/tr] [/tbody] [/table] One of the classics. Venus Wars is a feature length, and quality, film. This is a classic war story--we have a young hero (no pun intended) caught in the middle of a bad situation, desperate to get involved and doing his best to fight for his country and become a man. And, as a counterpoint, we have the detached reporter, thrust into the middle of battle and forced to become involved with people she realizes are more than just a story. Finally, we have the war itself, which is both a grand spectacle and unusually realistic, complete with generals pulling strings from afar and confusing motives for those on the front. There are a few downsides to it, mainly the fact that it has a relatively "classic anime" feel; that is, the heroics of some young main characters are played up, and there are a few over-simple characters. This was a bit at odds with the realism of most of the story, but all in all it worked well, the story is engrossing, and the characters are both believable and human. Technically, Venus Wars is extremely well done--all the more so if you consider how old it is. The animation is generally top notch, and the war sequences are absolutely stunning--smooth and very realistic. The art is also generally good, although the old-school character designs won't be to everyone's taste (they do, however, match the original comic quite well). Finally, the mechanical design and general look and feel of Venus are both original and realistic, and the weapons (for once) actually look like the real thing. The acting is also good, and even the dub is passable. There is also one technique used that is unique in anime (but not all animation), to my knowledge--in a couple of the driving sequences, the road and background is real film, with animation laid over it. The footage is very grainy, and in a sepia tone, and the effect generally works quite well--it produces a great "hand held" camera style. Overall, Venus Wars is a fine piece of classic anime, with a solid plot and characters supporting impressively detailed and realistic animation. A good war story, and a generally good movie, by any standard. [url="http://animeworld.com/submissions/featured/venuswars.html"][color=#000099][b]For some more thoughts, check out these reader's comments...[/b][/color][/url] [table border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0" width="100%"] [tbody][tr][td bgcolor="#99ccff"] [size=+1][b][url="http://animeworld.com/reviews/definitions.html#production"]Production Notes[/url][/b][/size] [/td][/tr] [/tbody] [/table] Based on a comic book of the same name. [table border="0" cellspacing="5"] [tbody][tr] [td bgcolor="#cceeff" width="20"][color=#cceeff].[/color][/td] [td] [b]DVD Notes:[/b] The DVD is fairly well done. It includes Japanese and English stereo soundtracks, English subtitles, and an illustrated menu providing access to a scene index and short character profiles. The transfer is quite clean, although the Japanese audio is a little harsh (not surprising, considering that it's an older movie). One tip--if you like the song at the end, listen to it on the English soundtrack--it is still sung in Japanese, and the audio must be from a different source, because it sounds much better. And, as with all USM releases, there is no translation of the Japanese credits. The video comes packaged in a plastic clamshell case. [/td] [/tr] [/tbody] [/table] [table border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0" width="100%"] [tbody][tr][td bgcolor="#99ccff"] [size=+1][b][url="http://animeworld.com/reviews/definitions.html#mecha"]Mecha Rating[/url][/b][/size] [/td][/tr] [/tbody] [/table] 4.5--Not to every anime fan's taste, but a top-notch classic anime war story. [table border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0" width="100%"] [tbody][tr][td bgcolor="#99ccff"] [size=+1][b][url="http://animeworld.com/reviews/definitions.html#genre"]Genre[/url][/b][/size] [/td][/tr] [/tbody] [/table] Sci-Fi War Story (Drama) [table border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0" width="100%"] [tbody][tr][td bgcolor="#99ccff"] [size=+1][b][url="http://animeworld.com/reviews/definitions.html#content"]What's in it?[/url][/b][/size] [/td][/tr] [/tbody] [/table] Gunfights Mass Combat Mass Destruction [table border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0" width="100%"] [tbody][tr][td bgcolor="#99ccff"] [size=+1][b][url="http://animeworld.com/reviews/definitions.html#similar"]If you liked...[/url][/b][/size] [/td][/tr] [/tbody] [/table] A little like Armitage III, but still quite different. [table border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0" width="100%"] [tbody][tr][td bgcolor="#99ccff"] [size=+1][b][url="http://animeworld.com/reviews/definitions.html#rating"]So, how bad is it?[/url][/b][/size] [/td][/tr] [/tbody] [/table] Probably PG-13, due to scenes of realistic (though not graphic) violence. [b]Violence:[/b] 3--Nothing graphic or gratuitous, but fair amounts of realistic violence. [b]Nudity:[/b] 1--One or two scenes of relative undress. [b]Sex:[/b] 2--One mild encounter. [b]Language:[/b] 2--Nothing noteworthy. [table border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0" width="100%"] [tbody][tr][td bgcolor="#99ccff"] [size=+1][b][url="http://animeworld.com/reviews/definitions.html#availability"]Availability[/url][/b][/size] [/td][/tr] [/tbody] [/table] Translated by U.S. Manga Corps Available on subtitled and dubbed VHS, and on bilingual DVD. 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[table border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0" width="100%"] [tbody][tr][td bgcolor="#99ccff"] [size=+1][b][url="http://animeworld.com/reviews/definitions.html#cast"]Cast & Crew:[/url][/b][/size] [/td][/tr] [/tbody] [/table] [b]Japanese Cast:[/b] [indent] Hiro: Katsuhida Uekusa (Note: Not usually an anime actor) Maggie: [url="http://animeworld.com/cast/mlist.html#mizutaniyuko"]Yuko Mizutani[/url] Sue: [url="http://animeworld.com/cast/hlist.html#haraeriko"]Eriko Hara[/url] Miranda: [url="http://animeworld.com/cast/slist.html#sasakiyuko"]Yuko Sasaki[/url] Gary: [url="http://animeworld.com/cast/nlist.html#nayagoroh"]Goro Naya[/url] Will: [url="http://animeworld.com/cast/olist.html#ohtsukayoshitada"]Yoshitada Ohtsuka[/url] Rob: [url="http://animeworld.com/cast/klist.html#kikuchimasami"]Masami Kikuchi[/url] Kurtz: [url="http://animeworld.com/cast/ilist.html#ikedashuuichi"]Suichi Ikeda[/url] Donner: [url="http://animeworld.com/cast/slist.html#shiozawakaneto"]Kaneto Shiozawa[/url] Maggie's Father: [url="http://animeworld.com/cast/alist.html#akimotoyosuke"]Yousuke Akimoto[/url] Jack: Kyosuke Yanada Tao: Hiroshi Kawaguchi Kenny: [url="http://animeworld.com/cast/mlist.html#makishimanaoki"]Naoki Makishima[/url] Jeff: [url="http://animeworld.com/cast/ylist.html#yamaderakouichi"]Kouichi Yamadera[/url] Chris: [url="http://animeworld.com/cast/klist.html#kashiwakuratsutomu"]Tsutomu Kashiwakura[/url] Manuel: [url="http://animeworld.com/cast/hlist.html#hoshinomitsuaki"]Mitsuaki Hoshino[/url] Cathy: [url="http://animeworld.com/cast/ylist.html#yoshidakonami"]Konami Yoshida[/url] [/indent] [b]English Dub Cast:[/b] [indent] Hiro: Ben Fairman Maggie: Anna Alba Sue: Denica Fairman Miranda: Jocelyn Cunningham Gary: Bob Sessions Will: Bradley Cole Rob: Michael Morris Kurtz: William Dufries Donner: Peter Marinker [/indent] [b]Crew:[/b] [indent] Based on manga "The Venus Wars" by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko Producer: Yukio Kurata Director: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko Screenplay: Yuichi Sasamoto, Yoshikazu Yasuhiko Art Director: Shichiro Kobayashi Character Design: Hiroshi Yokoyama, Yoshikazu Yasuhiko Mechanical Design: Makoto Kobayashi, Hiroshi Yokoyama [/indent]

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