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Appleseed (Appurushîdo) - Ai Kobayashi, Jûrôta Kosugi, Yuki Matsuoka, Shinji Aramaki

Threat advisory: Under evaluation

Movie propaganda

The year is 2131. A non-nuclear war has left the Earth barren. Deunan Knute (Ai Kobayashi) roams the badlands, one of the many soldiers who, with lines of communication cut, continue to fight, unaware that the war has ended.

Deunan is never one to take things lying down: a highly trained soldier with police and SWAT experience, she is prepared for nearly anything - but not for the heavily armed helicopter that assaults her without warning. Before she realises what's going on, Deunan is losing consciousness: her last thought is a hazy realisation that she's been hit by a tranquilliser. Not only that, but one of the perpetrators is her old love Briareos (Jûrôta Kosugi). He has arrived with the beautiful Hitomi (Yuki Matsuoka) to intercept Deunan and take her back with them to the enigmatic utopia, Olympus.

Deunan, now safe in the futuristic city, is awakened by the comforting voice of her ex-lover. But Briareos is not as she remembers him: indeed, he is now hardly human. He tells her the sobering events that occurred in her absence: after suffering a grave injury on the front lines in North Africa, his only chance for survival involved a dramatic surgical process - or more accurately, a full overhaul that involved a replacement of all his broken parts. In other words, he became a Cyborg - in his case over 75% mechanical. And the city of Olympus - Deunan soon finds out - is now the head of a new world order. When the non-nuclear war ended, and no single superpower came out on top, the orderly, utopian city filled the role of leadership in the ensuing political vacuum.

Persons of interest

  • Ai Kobayashi .... Deunan Knute
  • Jûrôta Kosugi .... Briareos
  • Yuki Matsuoka .... Hitomi
  • Azumi Miwa .... Deunan
  • Akimoto Tsubasa .... Deunan
  • Yuzuru Fujimoto .... Uranus
  • Tomoko Kawakami
  • Mami Koyama .... Athena
  • Takehito Koyasu .... Hades
  • Toshiyuki Morikawa .... Yoshitsune
  • Ikuo Nishikawa .... Seven Old Men
  • Masamune Shirow .... Comic writer
  • Haruka Handa .... Screenwriter
  • Tsutomu Kamishiro .... Screenwriter
  • Shinji Aramaki .... Director

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  • NB: Japanese language dialogue with English language subtitles
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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report


Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: English, Japanese
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Special features:
    • Disc 1:
      • Biographies: Crew
      • Shinji Aramaki (Director) and Producer
      • Soundtrack chapters
    • Disc 2:
      • Biographies: Characters
      • Documentaries: Birth of 3D live anime - the making of "Appleseed"
      • Featurettes:
      • Galleries:
        • Design archives: Conceptual images, CG, final movie
        • Images
      • Mechanical information
      • Terms from the movie
  • Subtitles: English

Security censorship classification

M (Moderate animated violence)

Surveillance time

103 minutes (1:43 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: Undated 2005
DVD rental: 16 November 2005
VHS rental: 16 November 2005

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