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Appleseed (2004)

Appurushîdo (original title)
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In a utopian society created at the end of the third world war, a female warrior who has been plucked from the badlands begins to see cracks in this new facade. And what does this community have planned for the rest of humankind?

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ai Kobayashi Ai Kobayashi ... Deunan (voice)
Jûrôta Kosugi Jûrôta Kosugi ... Briareos (voice)
Mami Koyama ... Athena (voice)
Miho Yamada Miho Yamada ... Nike (voice)
Yuki Matsuoka Yuki Matsuoka ... Hitomi (voice)
Toshiyuki Morikawa ... Yoshitsune (voice)
Yuzuru Fujimoto Yuzuru Fujimoto ... Uranus (voice)
Takehito Koyasu ... Hades (voice)
Tadahisa Saizen Tadahisa Saizen ... Kudoh (voice)
Emi Shinohara ... Dr. Gilliam (voice)
Hirotake Nagata Hirotake Nagata ... Elder (voice)
Ikuo Nishikawa Ikuo Nishikawa ... Seven Old Men (voice)
Ryûji Nakagi Ryûji Nakagi ... 1st Elder Electryon (voice)
Takehiro Koyama Takehiro Koyama ... Elder (voice)
Toshihiko Kuwagai Toshihiko Kuwagai ... Elder (voice)
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In a utopian society created at the end of the third world war, a female warrior who has been plucked from the badlands begins to see cracks in this new facade. And what does this community have planned for the rest of humankind?

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Humanity's last chance for survival.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

17 April 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Appleseed See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,869, 16 January 2005

Gross USA:

$129,135

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,464,651
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The tattoo on Briareos' left upper arm says "Cogito Ergo Sum", which is Latin for "I think, therefore I am." Strangely, Greek characters are used and not Roman. Also the first character is Gamma, but C would rather be transliterated as Kappa in Greek. It also has the dates 2096-2122, which are Briareos' date of birth and date of his "death" when he became a cyborg. See more »

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After Briareos' weapon is sliced into pieces, he throws the weapon to the ground in one piece. See more »

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Deunan: We have to believe that life is what we make of it!
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Alternate Versions

The film was re-released on Blu-ray by Sentai Filmworks with an all new English dub in 2010. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Troldspejlet: Episode #40.6 (2008) See more »

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Good Luck
(feat. Lisa Kekaula)
Written and Performed by Basement Jaxx (Simon Ratcliffe (as Ratcliffe) / Felix Buxton (as Buxton)) and Lisa Kekaula (as Kekaula)
Produced by Basement Jaxx
PUBLISHED BY UNIVERSAL MUSIC, MELE KEKAULA MUSIC (BMI)
USA KEKAULA APPEARS BY COURTESY OF THE BELLRAYS C/O POPTONES/TELESTAR RECORDS
COURTESY OF XL RECORDINGS LIMITED WWW.XLRECORDINGS.COM
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"Appleseed" - The next stage of evolution... animation
11 May 2005 | by dee.reidSee all my reviews

Anime' has come a long way from the days of gratuitous bloodshed and borderline pornography that marked its early notoriety here in the United States.

Part of this massive and successful transition into mainstream American cinema has been due to technological breakthroughs in animation, computer digitization, and detailing. Immediately, you think of the films of Hayao Miyazaki, "Ghost in the Shell" (1995), and Katsuhiro Otomo's "Akira" (1988).

"Appleseed," the latest addition to the list of groundbreaking Anime' films in the last 10 years, is yet another skillful advance in the world of Japanese animation.

This film has a plot that's not greatly different from past adventures: a rebel female soldier, Deunan Knute, is captured at the beginning of the movie after a fierce battle in the ruins of a large city. She's flown back to the city of Olympus, a vast metropolis that looks a lot like "Blade Runner" on a better day.

Human beings (grudgingly) coexist with the Bioroids, human androids, who are slowly becoming the majority, already with one serving as the city's prime minister. Bioroids have a limited emotional range (sound familiar?) and cannot reproduce, nor can they experience feelings such as love or anger.

When the Bioroid generation center is attacked, Deunan, a kind and curious Bioroid named Hitomi, and Deunan's cyborg lover Briareos link the attack to a deadly conspiracy involving the (still human) military and the mysterious 7 Elders, who control Olympus' main control center.

If you don't buy the story, then at least "Appleseed" will draw you in by using its lush, beautiful animation and graphics, which are surely the next stage in the evolution of Anime'. The plot is convincing, if not wholly original, and fans of Philip K. Dick may spot some of the scattered references to "Blade Runner."

Certainly a testament to Anime' and animation in general, "Appleseed" should definitely not be missed.

7/10


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