Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Casshern 'Kazuaki Kiriya'















This live-action film bases it's story origins on an anime series of the same name, although recently re-done, it stays true to it's predecessors esscence, as well as its look, combining real-time with CG in a more stylistic method.

The basis behind the film is that our world, as many depict the future, has fallen to into a state of despair, with polloution and nuclear warfare, devouring and diminishing the people health with death tolls on the rise from radiation that defined the 'one nation' that has come to rule a remainder of the world, and empire almost, and as with any empire, it's leading, an old withering man, is trying secure his own life above others, researching and developing cloning techniques, involving life transplants, such as integral organs being farmed into a pool of DNA....otherwise dubbed as neo-cells, and by some godly power, these cells are granted life, animating them..












As there story progresses, the anime origins appear to become more apparent, with it's frequent fight scenes, packed full of action, and it's fantasy based plot, there is alot of interwining developments that give the story all the more depth, in subtle tones of flashbacks, and in all honesty, it does come across as quite confusing the first watch, with it's consistent twists, but nevertheless through the protanganist, and antagonists, we are drawn into a world of fighting about identity and belonging, surivial, war, friendship and family, as well as it's subtle love plot, this film really challanges the veiwer to think about moral beliefs, that are present in everday society, and will make you think well after the watch...

In no means apart from this, the look of the film itself is what gives that edge to it, with it's higly-stylised effects that have been intergrated into both the foreground, and background, trhough the use of maniplation, with use of 'Greenscreen' it almost has a 'concept art' esscence, with it's vivid colour palette, in contrast to some scenes shot purely in grayscale portraying time and location, capturing a surreal atmosphere and depth, almost has an elegance to it. Alongside this, the settings for the scenes themseleves appear to be straight out of an anime itself, and pays homage well, with scenes ranging from an futuristic, industrial metropolis, to a snow immeresed castle (packed full of robot's), to an overexagerate indoor greenhouse, some landscapes that couldn't be more contrasted...as well as this the characters themselves certainly have the traditional anime aesthitics, with their unique, stylistic sense of clothing, built for battle....











Finally, the soundtrack to the film really delivers the final blow to capaturing the esscene of it's anime origins, contrasting from portraying a fast-paced action scene, to a heartfelt ending, full of emotion, in a surreal element....and overall brings the film a defining position in it's genre.....

To get a feel of the film itself, check out the fight scene below.....




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