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Actors: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Anne Suzuki, Gorô Kishitani, Kirin Kiki, Yukiko Okamoto
Director: Takashi Yamazaki
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     2004     1hr 56min

2084. After decades of intense fighting an alien invasion force is close to destroying what s left of the world. In a last-ditch effort to save the human race a guerilla fighter named Milly leaps into a waiting Time Shifte...  more »

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Actors: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Anne Suzuki, Gorô Kishitani, Kirin Kiki, Yukiko Okamoto
Director: Takashi Yamazaki
Creators: Akira Sako, Kôzô Shibasaki, Takashi Yamazaki, Akifumi Takuma, Chikahiro Ando, Toru Horibe, Kenya Hirata
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Robots & Androids, Alien Invasion, Aliens
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Digital Video Transfer,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/10/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 56min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French, Japanese
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese

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Member Movie Reviews

Brittni H. (venus) from BATON ROUGE, LA
Reviewed on 8/9/2010...
This movie is a very pleasant surprise. The storyline is not one of the highly predictable sort I have grown to dread. Here, I actually had a few surprises tossed at me, which made me appreciate this movie quite a bit. Additionally, the acting is pretty good, the dramatic tension is not unbalanced when compared to the action, AND it is a movie you can watch twice and see differences between the first and the second viewing. When I worked in a video store, there were two movies which never failed to disappoint action lovers, especially those who don't mind multiple languages being spoken during a movie; one was The Returner, and the other was Full Time Killers.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Missy D. (runningfox) from DANVILLE, IN
Reviewed on 4/2/2010...
I love Kaneshiro Takeshi!!
0 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Robert L. (LOKI) from DAVIS, WV
Reviewed on 5/14/2009...
Well where to start, This almost Japamation feeling Movie has at the heart a story line not unlike some of the top hits of the past few years. A mix of Time Cop, with Transformers, Paired up with a bit of Termaitor! I would say if any of those movies MOVED you, you will realy like this movie from Japan. Tho I used the tearm Japamation, there is no cartoon action in this movie, it just has the feel of it ( with Live action players ) watched in Japanise for the best effort in the acting. ( something always seems lost to me when I watch dubed in english )

A good two hours spent watching this Unknown Feature from Accross the pond.

I Give this 4 out of 5 stars

2 of 6 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Not Bad
Derek Hofmann | Mesa, AZ USA | 02/19/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I purchased this movie expecting a cheesy film with bad acting like most recent Japanese live-action movies. I also expected a movie that borrowed heavily from other movies. But this really wasn't either one of those movies, at least not more than any other movie out of Hollywood.Others have already reviewed this movie (girl goes back in time to save the human race), so I won't spend any more time on it.The acting wasn't bad at all, especially Ann Suzuki's sometimes-serious, sometimes-rebellious character, Milly. The dubbing was also done well -- it was actually worth listening to. The CG and special effects were very good and imaginative, contributing to the plot. The soundtrack was a little inconsistent, and some of the camerawork was kind of strange, but nothing too distracting.All in all, this movie stands on its own as a good sci-fi movie. It won't compare to older movies by Kurosawa, and it isn't as refined as many recent science fiction movies from the U.S. (although much better than Roland Emmerich's Godzilla), but it's still not bad by any stretch."
Stop The Aliens Before They Start
Joshua Koppel | Chicago, IL United States | 12/22/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The Earth has been overrun by aliens. Only a small group remains hidden and free. They hope to go back in time to the cause of the war and prevent it. But the hideout is discovered and all is almost lost when a young, and untrained, woman jumps through the time gate to our present.

Although untrained as a soldier, she does know the basics of the mission. An alien ship will crash and the occupant needs to be killed before it can start the invasion. It seems simple enough except that future knowledge is not completely accurate. The ship has already crashed and the occupant has been taken away. Now with the help of a local criminal trying to go straight, she must fight harder than she knows to give humanity a future.

Good action, some nice plot twists, and a time paradox or two all combine to make an old plot seem fresh. I bought this one based on a trailer on another DVD and I was not disappointed. The film is fairly intelligent and the hero is wonderfully resourceful, desperate, and caring. Her character does not fall apart as she unravels what is going on and what she must do to stop it. Worth watching."
Jeffrey R. Bednar | kaneohe, hawaii United States | 02/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was a great time travel sci-fi thriller. Great twists and the bad guy is awesome. I've always believed that it's the bad guy that carries any thriller. Sure the good guy should win but don't forget to have a bad guy that you love to hate.
The camera work and special effects are excellent. I would put this up against any thriller put out by Hollywood since the original Matrix."