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Returner (2003)

Returner

Overview


Genre

Action

Release Date

October 17, 2003

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

116 min.

Studio

Destination Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Takashi Yamazaki

Producer

Chikahiro Ando, Toru Horibe, Akifumi Takuma

Screenwriter

Takashi Yamazaki, Kenya Hirata

Starring

  • Takeshi Kaneshiro
  • Ann Suzuki
  • Kirin Kiki
  • Goro Kishitani
  • Yukiko Okamoto
  • Mitsuru Murata
  • Kisuke Lida
  • Kazuya Shimizu

Story


WHO CARES ABOUT THE FUTURE?

The "Returner", Miyamoto (Takeshi Kaneshiro), acting on tip-offs from his clients, infiltrates deep into the recesses of the black market, steals big scores of non-traceable cash, then as quickly as he gets in, hands the money on to his clients. He is unbeatable in combat but his past harbors a darkness; as a young orphan, his bosom buddy was murdered by persons unknown. While working as the "Returner" his heart is sworn to revenge and the quest for the murderers of his friend is never far from his mind.

Yokohama, Bayside. On one of his trips to the underworld, he comes across a man who controls the entire black market. This is Mizoguchi (Goro Kishitani), unforgettable to Miyamoto, as the man who killed his best friend. Boiling with fury, he lets loose his anger and takes on Mizoguchi. In the furious combat that follows, Mizoguchi manages to give Miyamoto the slip. As the smoke clears, it is apparent that Miyamoto has mistakenly shot an innocent young girl, mixed up in the crossfire. Fourtunately, her life is not in danger and "Milly" (Anne Suzuki) as she is known, turns out to be a potential client looking to engage Miyamoto for a very special job indeed.

 

I'M HERE TO SAVE THE FUTURE...

"We've only got two days left. Something is going to happen to ruin the world as we know it. I've got to stop it. That's why I've journeyed here from the distant future."

Surprised by her sudden outburst, Miyamoto doesn't know what to make to Milly. That is, until she demonstrates an inexplicable power brought with her from the future, right in front of his eyes. He chooses to listen to her and little by little comes to understand her story. Also, he begins to recognize something in her wild eyes that reminds him of himself and the pain of his own past. He takes it upon himself to protect this girl. In turn, Milly senses the decency behind Miyamoto's tough exterior and they start to bond.

Now, with only two days in which to turn certain despair into a future of hope, they set out their quest.

 

I'M GOING TO DESTROY YOUR PATHETIC HOPE FOR THE FUTURE!

However, Mizoguchi, their arch-rival is moving one step ahead of them and lies in wait. Just what is it he plans? Miyamoto is sworn to revenge. Milly is committed to the future. These various threads come together in an unforeseeable way as events unfold with blinding speed amd their three intertwined fates reveal the true meaning of "Returner".

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..very impressive..”
by Wade Major [Boxoffice Magazine]
“..fine..”
by [E! Online]
“..Goofy..”
by Sean Axmaker [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]