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Psycho Diver: Soul Siren (1997)

Psycho Diver: Masei Rakuryu (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Music | Video 26 August 1997
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People get their mental problems corrected by the Psycho Divers. One of them is hired to help a young female pop star whose mind is being controlled by a sinister cult.

Director:

Mamoru Kanbe

Writers:

Toshiaki Kawamura (script), Tatsuhiko Urahata (script) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Junko Iwao ... Yuki Kanou (voice)
Atsuko Tanaka ... Angelica (voice)
Jôji Nakata ... Busujima (voice)
Toshiko Fujita ... Kyoko Ayuhara (voice)
Yûsaku Yara ... Kunimitsu (voice)
Hiroshi Ito Hiroshi Ito ... Kuroiwa (voice)
Osamu Saka Osamu Saka ... Kudo (voice)
Osamu Hosoi Osamu Hosoi ... Sawada (voice)
Kazuyuki Sogabe Kazuyuki Sogabe ... Funky (voice)
Hisao Egawa Hisao Egawa ... Junky (voice)
Keiichi Sonobe Keiichi Sonobe ... Lance (voice)
Toshihiro Arisawa Toshihiro Arisawa ... Operator 1 (voice)
Hiroshi Kamiya ... Operator 2 (voice)
Naoko Nakamura Naoko Nakamura ... Voice of Machine (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John DeMita ... Kuroiwa (voice)
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A beautiful young pop singer can no longer sing. When a Psycho Diver attempts to fix her problem by entering her mind, his head implodes. Another hardboiled Psycho Diver is recruited for the job and he soon realizes that the girl harbors within her brain a powerful psychokinetic energy that the head priestess of a sinister cult the girl used to belong to is using to manipulate her, effectively driving her insane. Written by Grafxman

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In a dark world of private terrors... the psycho diver must prevail!


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

26 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Psycho Diver: Soul Siren See more »

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Stereo

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Color
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Based on a novel by Baku Yumemakura See more »

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Sawada: Why don't you just stay down?
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Warefare-Beware
Performed by Junko Iwao
[Japanese version of the song featured in the music video shot in the prison.]
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AAAAAAARRRRRRGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!
24 February 2019 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

How do you grab somebody's attention... start off with some guy screaming at the top of his lungs before completely losing their head... splat!!! It worked for Psycho Diver: Soul Siren, so I hope it worked for me.

Yuki, a young pop-star is haunted by memories of her past, and is discovering she possesses psycho-kinetic powers she cannot control. Appearing on the scene, Bosujima, a class one psycho diver, which through advance technology and psychic abilities, dives into the minds of trouble souls for a clean-out. He takes Yuki's job on the side, a dangerous one because of her powers. Entering her soul he learns there are others who'll stop at nothing to control her fate.

Playing out like a moody, slightly techno sci-fi thriller garnished in strong noir atmospherics of dark shades and dingy silhouettes. It's one of those fuzzy, elaborate plots, where things are not quite what they seem, leading to murder and a deadly power struggle between two very dominant figures fighting for control of the girl. Caught in the middle is the sleuth-like Bosujima, who's chauvinistic to the core. A smooth talker when he wants to be, but more often fairly salty and getting into pyshical altercations. His career looks like it's weighing on his mind, but this latest one might just change his mindset for the better? The visuals can have a disturbing kick, as the intensity and emotions of certain scenes derives from its direction, even the score's mind field of soulful blues to industrial drones than anything to do with the plotting. The way it was edited, and how the dressed up images flashed across the screen (like the music video clip sequence) - I could see a De Palma influence in few scenes. While the concept of the psycho diver does play second fiddle to reality-based investigative groundwork and the behind-the-scenes manipulation of this job. I would've loved to see a surreal approach, especially the dreamscape trips. I was more interested in that element of the story then where it actually headed.


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