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Green Legend Ran
Green Legend Ran
Actors: Kathleen Barr, Richard Ian Cox, Michael Dobson, Paul Dobson, Michael Donovan
Director: Satoshi Saga
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Anime & Manga, Animation
NR     1998     2hr 22min

In the future, our planet will be transformed into a strange new world where human life struggles on an Earth without rain or oceans - only vast, parched deserts where two youths fight for survival and find hope. The sea,...  more »

     
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Actors: Kathleen Barr, Richard Ian Cox, Michael Dobson, Paul Dobson, Michael Donovan
Director: Satoshi Saga
Creators: Kazuhiro Konishi, Yu Yamamoto
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Anime & Manga, Animation
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Animation, Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: GENEON [PIONEER]
Format: DVD - Color - Animated,Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 04/07/1998
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 2hr 22min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, Japanese, English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Green Legend Ran
08/09/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Overall, Green Legend Ran was a good movie. Originally released as a 3 episode OAV series, it was compiled into a shorter length movie that edited out some nude scenes. This DVD contains the full, uncut OAV episodes. The story focuses around a boy who is going through adolesence. Also, it expands something that is somewhat common in anime: the use of oragnized religion as a means to brainwash and control the populace. Religious viewers might be offended, but that is part of the purpose of the film."
Another Apocalypse Anime
Antonio D. Paolucci | Beaver Falls, PA | 02/10/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Truthfully, you'd think this would get old, the post-apocalyptic settings. Almost every major anime has such a setting (Evangelion, Akira, Vampire Hunter D, just to name a few), and in all of these this setting plays an integral role to the story. Green Legend Ran is just another in a continuing line of dramatic anime dealing with this as its central conflict.

To be more specific, Green Legend Ran takes place on an Earth that has been sucked dry by strange alien statues. Now, humanity struggles to survive in small villages scattered throughout the world, and ruling the remainder of these humans is a religious cult known as the Rodoists. Using water as their means for dominance, they have cemented their place as the leaders of the planet. But a formidable foe has appeared in the form of a resistance group known as Hazzard, who's out to destroy the Rodoists and reclaim the world in the hopes that they can nurture life back into it. It's a boy named Ran who gets in the middle of both of these factions, and in truth his main goal is to get revenge against the man who killed his mother. Early in his quest, he joins Hazzard and meets a girl named Ira, with whom he falls in love with and chooses to protect at all costs. It's his love for this strange, silver-haired girl that continues to drive him, and eventually, he's thrown deep into the next struggle to prevent a new apocalypse, and one sure to wipe out the remainder of mankind.

The story itself reminds me a lot of Now and Then, Here and There and Princess Mononoke. The setting and the animation style (down to the character design it seems) is very similar to Now and Then, while the idea of not having a true bad guy is reminiscent of Mononoke. What this movie does have that is somewhat unique is an animation style that doesn't match the content. By this I mean the animation looks somewhat childish, like what you'd expect from early Ghibli Films, yet Green Legend Ran is filled with bloody violence and nudity. Every time something like that comes around you can't help but feel, "Why is this here?" For me, this was a good surprise, though for some it may be jarring.

Still, though this movie has some good things going for it, very little in it is unique. Yes, Green Legend Ran is older, but not that old, and most of the films I mentioned were made before or around the same time. So really there is no excuse for the fact that nothing in this anime adds to the genre. If you enjoyed the superior Now and Then, Here and There, you might not like this movie. If you haven't yet seen Now and Then, then check this out first, and if it interests you then by all means move on to Now and Then, Here and There. I'd also recommend this movie to true anime fans and historians, as it is one of the earlier anime to make it's way to DVD."
This alpha and omega of anime
iced_planet_other_than_earth | somewhere | 07/22/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"back in 1994, a friend was staying over at my house. it was about 3:00 am. a show called Saturday Night Anime was on the sci-fi channel. we checked it out. the feature was Green Legend Ran. it was the best anime was i have ever seen, which is saying quite a lot. green legend ran tops even yu-yu hakusho (my favorite series), cowboy bebop, evangelion and those who hunt elves (tee-hee-hee!). if you want a taste of kick-bum anime, you should definitly see it."
Great action movie
Antonio D. Paolucci | 08/24/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This was one of the better Japanimations that I own. It is about a young boy named Ran who is bent on avenging his mother's death. While battling Hazzard, a rebel group whose leader was the murderer of Ran's mom, he meets a pretty silver haired girl known as Ira. Ira turns out to have mysterious powers and is a direct decedant of Rodo, an alien creature that came down from space many years ago. Ira has been summoned by the Holy Mother for unknown reasons, and Ira has no choice to obey. Now, Ran must try to save Ira from the Holy Mother as well as Hazzard, and the fight becomes a battle for the planet as well. END"