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USA: Destination Films / Samuel Goldwyn Films
Cast: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Ann Suzuki, Goro Kishitani, Kirin Kiki, Yukiko Okamoto, Mitsuru Murata, Kisuke Iida, Kazuya Shimizu, Chiharu Kawai, Dean Harrington, Xiaoqun Zhao, Masaya Takahashi
Director: Takashi Yamazaki
Language: Japanese (English subtitles)
USA: 118 mins
USA Rated: R for violence
USA Release Date: 17 October 2003 (Limited Release)
The year is 2084 and the human race is fighting an alien militia to save the last remnant of civilization. A young heroine named Milly (Anne Suzuki) escapes the war and jumps back in time to present-day Japan in an attempt to change history and prevent the demise of her people.
Milly's return lands her in the middle of a local crime war between Miyamoto (Takeshi Kaneshiro), a street-smart gunman and Mizoguchi (Goro Kishitani), Japan's crime leader. Milly must coerce Miyamoto to help chase down the extraterrestrial and save the human race... But first Milly must convince Miyamoto she's for real. In the visceral, dark, cold world of the streets, these two fight against the evil and ignorance that will destroy everything.
These three characters - Miyamoto, a solitary killer-for-hire, trusting nothing but his own strength, putting faith in nothing not even his own future; Milly, a mysterious, young girl with sadness in her past and a burning hope for the future; and Mizoguchi, a cold-blooded killing machine, living only to acquire power, no matter what the cost - form the basis for director Yamazaki's striking new RETURNER.