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Spriggan (1998)

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An elite superhuman agent must stop a foreign military unit from seizing control of an ancient artifact that holds the key to ultimate power.

Director:

Hirotsugu Kawasaki

Writers:

Yasutaka Itô (script), Hirotsugu Kawasaki (script) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shôtarô Morikubo ... Yu Ominae (voice)
Ryuji Aigase Ryuji Aigase ... Colonel MacDougal (voice)
Takehito Koyasu ... Jean-Jacques Mondo (voice)
Katsumi Suzuki Katsumi Suzuki ... Little Boy (voice)
Ken Shiroyama Ken Shiroyama ... Dr. Meisel (voice)
Sakiko Tamagawa Sakiko Tamagawa ... Margaret (voice)
Kenji Takano Kenji Takano ... Fat Man (voice)
Fumihiko Goto Fumihiko Goto ... Turkish Agent B (voice)
Dai Matsumoto Dai Matsumoto ... Manager (voice)
Hiroyuki Oshida Hiroyuki Oshida ... Guard B (voice)
Ikumi Kimura Ikumi Kimura ... Stewardess (voice)
Katsuhisa Hôki Katsuhisa Hôki ... Turkish Agent A (voice)
Kenichi Sakaguchi Kenichi Sakaguchi ... N.C.O (voice)
Kinryû Arimoto Kinryû Arimoto ... Yamamoto (voice)
Masaaki Yajima Masaaki Yajima ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

Yu is a young man who has a past he desperately wants to forget. His present is that he is a superhuman top agent for Arcan, an organization dedicated to protecting ancient artifacts to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. However, he receives several bloody messages, culminating in the suicide of a friend, telling that Noah would be his death. In response, Yu travels to Turkey to visit the Arcan dig at Mount Arrat, where Noah's Ark is supposed to have rested. Along the way there and at the destination, he learns of forces of his past have returned to stop him and sieze control of the Ark, which turns out to be an alien device of ultimate power. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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They were looking for a sign. What they found was a warning.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

5 September 1998 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Spriggan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,420, 14 October 2001

Gross USA:

$25,824

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,824
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the Japanese Manga of the same name, "Spriggan." See more »

Goofs

During the fight with Colonel MacDougal Ominae's arm was broken in multiple places and left hanging limp. However, when he was falling with Jean after escaping the Ark he used the broken arm to shoot his grappling hook and hung from it, then after landing was using his 'broken' arm as if it weren't injured at all. See more »

Quotes

Fattman: It's ironic. I'm killing you yet you gave me the body to do it with.
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Crazy Credits

"The Spriggan Ice Cream Social Club" See more »

Alternate Versions

In the original subtitled prints of the film, Dr. Meisel says, "You Americans are so arrogant" in the scene where he's walking with McDougall. On the US DVD, the line was later changed to, "You're the product of arrogant minds." This was changed due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. See more »

Connections

References Akira (1988) See more »

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Jing Ling
Performed by Saju
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User Reviews

Not sure why there's so much hatred for this piece.
18 July 2003 | by KidSixXxSee all my reviews

Person who said that Spriggan "isn't revolutionary but is still fun" summed it up best.

Only thing that I found negative was the scenes of really pointless, over-the-top, violence. The only reason Little Boy had the offensive capabilities he had, was so that the viewers could see his victims explode in explosions of gushing blood.

More flash than substance, but still a fun rental.

BTW, the word "Spriggan" (as far as the title reference goes) has nothing to do with the ugly, baby-stealing gnomes of European lore.

"Spriggan" is the "Americanization" of the Japanese word "Supurîgan," which means "Striker" and is the original name of the manga series "Spriggan" is based on.


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