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Overview

Evil Dead 2 meets Street Fighter by way of The Matrix in this wild and woolly zombie/yakuza/samurai/kung fu/splatter flick directed by Ryuhei Kitamura. Throughout the world there are 666 portals to the other side; the 444th is Japan and is called the Forest of Resurrection, where good has battled evil for time immemorial. The film opens with prisoner KSC2-303 (Tak Sakaguchi) and his fellow cellmate escaping a maximum-security prison and ending up in the forest where they are supposedly to be picked up by a band ...
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Overview

Evil Dead 2 meets Street Fighter by way of The Matrix in this wild and woolly zombie/yakuza/samurai/kung fu/splatter flick directed by Ryuhei Kitamura. Throughout the world there are 666 portals to the other side; the 444th is Japan and is called the Forest of Resurrection, where good has battled evil for time immemorial. The film opens with prisoner KSC2-303 (Tak Sakaguchi) and his fellow cellmate escaping a maximum-security prison and ending up in the forest where they are supposedly to be picked up by a band of gangsters in a shiny Mercedes and taken to a safer place. Instead, the gangsters try to use them and a female hostage (Chieko Misaka) as pawns in a larger power struggle. A gunfight ensues killing KSC2-303's colleague and the mob boss, but just as the standoff is about to yield more violence, an odd thing happens -- the dead get up and attack the living. In the chaos, KSC2-303 and girl disappear into the forest with a band of slickly coifed yakuza in hot pursuit. High-kicks, machine guns, and rampant disembowelments ensue. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jonathan Crow
Combining elements from virtually every genre considered cool by 14-year-old boys worldwide -- from the kung fu spectacular, to Japanese anime, to zombie horror flicks -- Versus is a meta-B-flick. Featuring a gritty, kinetic style that recalls early Sam Raimi, Ryuhei Kitamura showcases virtually every trope and convention from the trash cinema throughout the world: motorcycles, outlandish guns, cool hair, souped-up samurai swords, and more decapitations than the French Revolution. The result may be chaotic -- characters often enter the mix for no clear reason except to create more mayhem -- but always a treat to watch. One reason is that Kitamura only rarely lets his frenetic editing obscure the action of the film. Another is performance, which, aside from Kenji Matsuda's constant mugging, is uniformly engaging. While the film might not make sense in places or speak to tragedy of the human condition, Versus is a hoot and holler of fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2003
  • UPC: 631595030785
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: Tokyo Shock
  • Region Code: 1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Time: 1:58:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 60,510

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tak Sakaguchi
Hideo Sakaki
Chieko Misaka
Kenji Matsuda
Technical Credits
Ryuhei Kitamura Director, Screenwriter
Nobuhiko Morino Score Composer
Hideo Nishimura Executive Producer
Keisho Shin Producer
Nove Takahashi Associate Producer
Yudai Yamaguchi Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Prologue
2. Escape
3. Deadlocked
4. Man in Black
5. Bullets Knives Fists
6. Complications
7. Hunters
8. Power in Death
9. Destiny
10. Questions Answers Choices
11. Flashback
12. Resurrection
13. Showdown
14. Takedown
15. Versus
16. Departure
17. Epilogue
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Index
   Trailers
      Samurai Fiction
      Pistol Opera
      Kunoichi
      Pyrokinesis
   Set Up
      Japanese Dialogue (2.0 Stereo)
      English Dialogue (2.0 Stereo)
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My fave genres horror and action

    As a fan of horror and action movies, I've heard about this movie and wanted to see it. Then one day I find it at a blockbuster and rent it and start to watch. You have an unusual opening sequence, thus enters the story that starts out with two escaped prisoners who meet up with a gang holding a girl hostage while awaiting for the "boss" to arrive while fighting off advanced almost zombies in a creepy yet haunted forest. Good action sequences, humor and jump out moments ever. I recommend this to anyone into both genres as I am.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Essence of Coolness Versus Plottiness

    So plottiness isn't a word. Deal. People looking for plot in this movie are like guys looking for intellectually stimulating conversation in a strip club. They're missing the point and the goodies. Sure, the plot is ridiculous. The characters range from often wooden (Tak Seguchi) to stereotypically over-the-top (Kenji Matsuda). The dialogue is absurd. The main love story is less interesing than watching the gay yakuza couple bicker silently during a zombie battle and make up after torturing one of their co-workers. Kitamura fails at Basic Storytelling 101. But the movie is way cool. Really way cool. This movie is like the favorite child of a sexy threesome between Evil Dead II, Highlander, and Dead or Alive. The zombies can use firearms, the hero saves the heroine because he's a self-proclaimed feminist, and the head bad guy is smooth even when he's munching down on a human heart. In short, loving this movie isn't a requirement to be a fun dude, but it sure doesn't hurt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Good, but different movie.

    Gore, Gore, Gore. Can you ask for more? This film is a little like Evil Dead but it has a little comedy to it. I was not happy with the dubbing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Movie You Buy Good No Plot No Problem! You Buy See!

    This is the funniest movie in a while, and it's not supposed to be. This proves the Japanese invented Acid for use with cameras. There is no plot of any kind or anything resembling a rational thought pattern involved. The writers should be institutionalised. By the way, it also proves that he with the trenchcoat wins, a truth only perverted in WWII movies. The movie, mathematically, is a combination of the following: {The Great Escape + Matrix + Great Teacher Onizuka + Mortal Kombat + 444('Immortal' Kombat) + Zombified Yakuza + Armed Undead + Three Stooges + Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid + Dubbing (No kidding) + Sixth Sense + Triad (if you remember that game) + Day of the Dead (NRA/Proctologists Union) + Blair Witch Project + Francis Asspick (do you go to Rutgers?) + Seven Samurai + Scooby Doo + Way too much Jolt Cola (2x Caffiene + 1x Sugar) + Dracula + Flatulence + But I'm a Cheerleader + [Parks Canada (Parcs Canada) / FBI]-(CIA+ Miami Vice) + Thundercats + Rosemary's Baby + Delta Delta Die + Reagan Admistration + a Colombo Monkey + Seventh Seal + (Mind/Matter) + Evil Dead (1+2) + Shawshank Redemption + Archdiocese of Boston + Con Edison + New Testament (Simplified Translated PRC Edition) + (I'll Bite Your Knees Off / Monty Python) + Barishinkow (Machine Gun) + Exorcist + Lego Swords + Count of Monte Cristo + Star Wars (Dark / Light, quantity Squared) + FIFA headkicking championships} -plot / Girl not worth it.

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    Posted July 30, 2010

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