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Twilight of the Dark Master (1997)

Shihaisha no Tasogare (original title)
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In the near future, the demons prepare for a new assault on earth, which is protected by the guardians, a struggle that has gone on for eons. The dark masters have found ways to release the... See full summary »

Director:

Akiyuki Shinbo

Writers:

Duane Dell'Amico (screenplay), Saki Okuse (manga) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Andrew Philpot Andrew Philpot ... Tsunami Shijo (voice)
Toshihiko Seki ... Tsunami Shijo (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masuo Amada Masuo Amada ... Kizaki (voice)
Steve Bulen ... Kudo (voice)
John DeMita ... Huang Long (voice)
Julia Fletcher Julia Fletcher ... Chen Long (voice) (as Julia DeMita)
Barbara Goodson ... Takamiya (voice)
Takaya Hashi Takaya Hashi ... Kumazawa (voice)
John Hostetter ... Detective Kumazawa (voice)
Hiroya Ishimaru ... Tenku (voice)
Akira Kamiya ... Huang Long (voice)
Yasomoto Kasahara Yasomoto Kasahara ... Officer #1 (voice)
Seizô Katô Seizô Katô ... Takamiya (Male Form) (voice)
Yasuhiko Kawazu Yasuhiko Kawazu ... Squad Leader (voice)
Eleanor Joy Lind Eleanor Joy Lind ... Additional Voices (voice)
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In the near future, the demons prepare for a new assault on earth, which is protected by the guardians, a struggle that has gone on for eons. The dark masters have found ways to release the demon inside humans, and the first victim is Eiji, just at the moment he becomes engaged. He's hidden away in a brothel while the chief demon, Takamiya, assisted by an incestuous brother and sister, Huang and Chen, perfects the process. The earth's guardian, Tsunami, teams with Eiji's fiancée to set up a final confrontation. The earth's fate hangs in the balance. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Das böse schläft nie (The evil never sleeps) (German DVD release) See more »

Genres:

Animation | Fantasy

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 January 1998 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Twilight of the Dark Master See more »

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The film takes place in 2089. See more »

Quotes

Tenku: You're gonna be all right, that drink should warm you up. I hope you don't mind but your clothes were soaking. So, I've got them in the dryer.
Shizuka Tachibana: Thank you.
Tenku: Uh, my name is Tenku. Can I ask you something? What were you doing, wandering around at night in the rain and what I gotta say is a pretty funky part of town, shopping for a umbrella, huh? Heh, it's... a... joke.
Shizuka Tachibana: Well, I was looking for a demon.
Tenku: Hm. You are definitely in the right part of town. Take a look around. Plenty of demons here. It's ...
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References Blade Runner (1982) See more »

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Twilight of the Dark Master
Performed by Typecell
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Animexplotation, no true story
22 September 2012 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

The animation was weak for 1997, reminding of anime from the 70's, but the story itself was ridiculous. There are two factions, both working under the radar of ordinary humans, but employing them for their purposes. One uses demons, the other hunts them. In the end, the bosses of the two factions clash and one of them wins.

The entire thing lasts 45 minutes, way too little to call it a film and too much to call it an episode in some anime. The fact that the characters seemed to share some background and backstory only adds to the confusion of this rushed little animation experiment.

In other circumstances, I would have called this a good attempt, but decades have passed from a moment like that. For something from 1997, the animation was clunky, the story simplistic and there wasn't even enough violence or gore to justify the whole thing. A failure, I would say.


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