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cover: Devilman (Debiruman)

Devilman (Debiruman)

Director(s): Hiroyuki Nasu

Theatrical Release: 2004

Cast: Hisato Izaki, Yusuke Izaki, Ayana Sakai, Asuka Shibuya, Ryudo Uzaki, Yoko Aki

Genre(s): Horror, Action, comic book, Fantasy, martial arts, Cult

Countries: Japan


Location in store: Horror > Asian Horror

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Running Time: 115m.

A new, big budget adaptation of the long running, hugely popular horror/action anime created in 1972 by Go Nagai. A sprawling, apocalyptic and violent tale of battling demons that has a considerable cult following, any attempt to transfer "Devilman" to the live action medium was always going to be an uphill struggle. It involves the accidental release of a demonic species from Antarctica, whose numbers spread via an infection, which corrupts and transforms normal people. This leads to an apocalyptic war, in which humanity's only hope is Akira (Hisato Izaki, from Japanese boy band 'Flame'), a weedy teen who merges with a demonic entity to become Devilman, a powerful, yet conscientious beast that fights both monsters and the fascist and brutal human forces trying to wipe out the new species. Akira is opposed by his former best friend, the somewhat psychotic Ryo (Yusuke Izaki, twin brother of Hisato, and fellow 'Flame' member), who becomes an equally powerful demon, and a host of other creatures that pop in and out of the story before it all conveniently finishes up with a climatic showdown. -jaytax (imdb.com)
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