Casshern

Mark CASSHERN

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Postby Chevalier Bayard » Tue 11 Jan, 2005 01:51

After having seen the trailer and heard the enthousiastic critics of Bradaviel about it, I had ordered the dvd of Casshern which I've just seen.

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(Click on the poster to see the trailer ...)

Well ... first of all ... THANK YOU BRAD !!  :bounce:

Casshern is the first movie of japanese Kazuaki Kiriya who is not exactly a newbie as his work is already well known as a fashion photographer and music video director.

Like Immortal (ad vitam) and Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow (which still has no topic here yet :"( ...), Casshern was produced almost entirely on a "digital backlot" (i.e. shot with the actors in front of blue/green-screens with all backgrounds added in post-production, a technique which has been used for TV, video and video game production for many years).

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I haven't seen the second which is not released yet in France but, like Immortal (ad vitam), Casshern is incredibly beautifull. I've thought more often to videogames pictures than in Enki Bilal's movie but it is not at all a bad point for the movie.

The picture is just wonderfull, very stylised, with some green-screen shots looking purposefully false. The design is just amazing and corresponds a lot to a design I particularly love, making me think about Metropolis. A kind of "highly techno 1930~40 years" with weird flying machines in the sky and hudges cities with massive stalinian buildings and high and oppressive skycraps (don't ask me why I'm found of these ... it's just like that ;)).

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The story of Casshern begins after 50 years of devastating war between Europa and the Eastern Federation, just after the formation of the new federation of Eurasia which has been victorious over Eastern Federation.

The conflicts are not over as there are still internal fights between the government forces and groups of "terrorists". Humanity has been severly hurted and now has to deal with degeneration and mutations due to radioactivity.

A geneticist named Kotaro Azuma (Akira Terao) brings hope with his “neo-cells,” which can rejuvenate human parts with no risk of rejection. But the experimentation doesn't go as scheduled and as Azuma learn the death of his son Tetsuya (Yusuke Iseya), an volonteer soldier of the country, strange forces act in his laboratory and from the different human body parts, "cultivated" in the lab, appear new humanoid creatures which are at once hunted to death by the scarred humans.

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The survivors call themselves the "neo-sapiens" and decide to take revenge upon humanity. With the help of a hudge robot army they launch terrible strikes on the cities and quickly become the main threat for Humanity who should gather to deal with this menace.

In the meantime, Kotaro Azuma make his son reborn with a regenerating bath full of "neo-cells" and, with the help of another military scientist, specialised in combat armours, they trained him to become the defenser of Humanity. The only one able to deal with these neo-sapiens and their robots: Casshern.

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But, as the fight for supremacy takes place, Casshern will ask himself about the right and reasons he has to fight for Humanity. Humans and neo-sapiens will also wonder about their motivations and, sometimes reason will manage to appear behind hattred.

Cause, behind some incredible action scenes (like Casshern dealing on his own with a hudge army of hundreds robots :eek: ), Casshern delivers in fact a very humanist and philosophical message about man and his taste for war.

I know it surely sounds weird to read these lines but, the main message I've remind of Casshern is "We are not just here to exist; but to find the strength to co-exist.".

Which is amazing is that Kazuaki Kiriya  manages to make such a radical turn without killing once the rythm of the movie. I've not at all seen times goes by and enjoy each minutes of that movie.

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I'm sad to haven't seen Casshern in a movie theater but the main advantage of the dvd is that I'm going to watch it again very soon :D

I cannot give less than 6/6 to this UNIQUE movie which I invite you to see.

Good news, there are some rumors about Dreamworks distributing Casshern in western countries soon  :)

Once again Netherlands shows the way with a release date announced on february 10th on iMDB :bounce:

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Postby Bradaviel » Tue 11 Jan, 2005 12:31

You're more than welcome !
I'm sooooo happy you liked it too !!! :bounce: :bounce:

What appealled me at first in this movie are the designs, which reminded me of those of my favourite game : capcom's 1989 STRIDER
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But passed the visuals and the action sequences which are truly both amazing in the way they're staged and shot, i discovered a movie that deals which some of my real personnal themes and concerns :
Death and resurection, moral values in science, becoming of humanity, rememberence of your origins and the question of god and destiny.

And what amazed me was that each and every theme was talked about and used not only in dialogues, but as an engine to the plot.
and since i completely agree with those idead and the way they're used, i couldn't NOT love taht flick. because to me it's more than that ^_^

I give it a 6/6 too, of couse ;)
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Postby lazur » Tue 05 Apr, 2005 18:10

Finally, a movie that combine real actors in rendered landscapes

It reminds me Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. :clap:

The interest stands in the visuals effects, the combination of real actors among amazing rendered backgrounds, the incredible fights scenes, the multiple themes and atmospheric musics :bounce:

A very good surprise and a must.

Go and watch it!!!

PS : forgive my poor english
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Postby Chevalier Bayard » Tue 05 Apr, 2005 18:37

:wtlf: Lazur.

A first post to say Casshern is a must ... a wise man you are ;)

So for now we have only 6/6 for this movie  :tworcrules:

This movie is announced as a future release on french screens and I had read rumors about a release date in jully. let's hope the "bouche à oreille" (french expression litterally translated by :"mouth to ear") will work and that this movie will be released worldwide cause it really deserves it.

PS: and don't mind about your english. Many of us do their best while the others are getting used to our "foreign english", even if sometimes it goes with an outrrrRRRrageous accent :D

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Postby Lu_Xun » Mon 25 Apr, 2005 02:17

I finally saw this movie yesterday evening.

I found the story interesting and entertaining. I really enjoyed watching this movie, even thought it was about 4am in the morning when I started watching it :roll:

It was a bit strange at first but became enthralling once I got my head round some stuff. I suggest you listen to the previous posts and watch this movie. I watched this from reading the previous posts and I'm not dissapointed at all.

6/6 from me tooooo  :bounce:  :bounce:
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Postby Chevalier Bayard » Thu 27 Oct, 2005 23:27

Casshern is finally released in France today but ... in only 3 cinemas for all France :tears:

One in Paris, one in Lyon and one in La Rochelle.

I think I'll try to see it at the Max Linder Panorama in Paris.

tsk ... so sad to see such a poor distribution for such a master piece :tears:

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Postby Albatross » Sat 11 Feb, 2006 23:07

Had to watch this a second time before I could give it a fair review... The trouble I find with subtitles is they can often detract from the overall experience first time around, as you're watching the bottom of the screen more than what's going on ;)

Anyway, this film was suitably bizarre for my taste, and the visual styling was spot on.

Worth a 5/6 :)
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