November 22, 2005


Casshern_1 2004's Japanese brain-burner, CASSHERN (trailer is here), was a must have for a lot of sci fi fans, and it's been available on DVD for a while (and is definitely worth seeing), but after Dreamworks subsidiary, Go Fish, picked it up in late 2004 it appeared to vanish down a dark hole.

So almost one year later, what's happened to CASSHERN? There's been some rumblings that it'll be released theatrically in the US in 2006, but why so long? Apparently, Go Fish is cutting a new version of the film for the American market. Before you cringe too hard, this is a flick that could use some a bit of cutting (although not too much, it's psychedelic story is part of its appeal), and the cut is being supervised by director, Kazuaki Kiriya.

November 22, 2005 at 07:28 AM in News | Permalink


I'm unsurprised, frankly. What would surprise the living hell out of me would be seeing this get a release in more than five theaters. Personally, I adore the movie, not only in spite of but BECAUSE of its excesses. It's got to be one of the few auteur-driven blockbusters ever made. That, and its rejection of might-makes-right moralizing, will probably doom it. Sigh.

Posted by: Abe Goldfarb | Nov 23, 2005 8:46:51 AM

Liked the message in the film, pacing is all over the place. I do agree that it's overall wackiness and non-continuity (or so it seemed) is part of it's charm though.

That being said, there isn't a lot that would make me want to keep coming back to CASSHERN...It likely won't fly at the North American Boxoffice, any more than something like the french blockbuster Immortel did...

Posted by: KuRt. | Nov 26, 2005 7:27:28 PM

That's what I don't like. People CUTTING imports. Why cut it? They'll just cut parts that you NEED to see to understand. CASSHERN is a movie that you had to watch ever second and piece it bit by bit until it is all revealed at the end. Removing things will only lead to an even bigger confusion of the movie for american audiences.

And just to note, after gofish took hold of this movie, the offical website turned to utter trash. That's just a preview I suppose of what's to come.

Posted by: aai | Dec 1, 2005 11:57:34 AM

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