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Ultimate Versus

Tak Sakaguchi , Hideo Sakaki , Ryûhei Kitamura    Unrated   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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Deep within the mysterious Forest of Resurrection, a spectacular battle between good and evil has gone on since the dawn of time. When Prisoner KSC2-303 escapes from a maximum security jail, he enters the forest believing it will lead him to a safe haven. Instead, he finds himself a pawn in an endless struggle played out against an ever-changing background across multiple temporal planes of existence. His opponent: a mysterious man who seemingly cannot be killed. The battle to be waged: Good versus Evil in the pursuit of a beautiful woman who holds the power to grant eternal life. But what Prisoner KSC2-303 cannot remember is whether he is the personification of good or the very essence of darkness.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't turn it off when you really want to... July 9 2004
I basically bought this movie 'cause I thought the front cover was pretty cool (I even have a T-shirt with that logo on it). I read the reviews here, and figured I'd give it a shot.
First thing "Versus" started up, I was already groaning. The film quality was retro "my neighbor's camcorder", the acting was REALLY bad and it wasn't really living up to anything special. The music was okay, but I have a history of liking some strange music... also, sometimes the music is loud enough to where it's kind of hard to hear what is being said clearly.
About twenty minutes in (do try to last that long), the mood changes and it becomes more bearable, and then the story kind of comes together. It starts becoming interesting (which until then, I felt I had just wasted thirty bucks to see this movie).
The main character emerges (first twenty minutes will leave you going "uhh... who am I suppose to be rooting for here?") and they begin to develop what personality he has.
I really feel that this movie would have been better left in Japanese with subtitles. The voice-overs, where-as they match up okay were fairly annoying in general (the bad guy and the good guy were done pretty well, but everyone else sounds like the old Hong Kong flicks from the 70s with the whiny voices)
What I had envisioned was kind of a dark-souled samurai fighting the undead... What it ended up being was more of good/evil battle with the zombies being more of an excuse to fire off a bunch of bullets and to explain later events. Also, don't hold your breath for the sword-fighting, it comes kind of late in the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Cool June 20 2004
I wanna open by saying that I was torn regarding the star rating. I'd say this is a 5 star action movie, but only a 4 star movie overall. And since it's Kcin's policy to give just about everything 5 stars, I went with the 5 star rating.
I first heard about this movie some time ago, and I can't help but wonder why I didn't see it sooner. The plot synopsis alone seemed a virtual guarantee that it would be entertaining, whether or not it was good or bad. It turned out remarkably well considering it had absolutely no budget. Thus, production values suffer, and the acting is frequently a bit amateurish. (but still generally fairly appealing) But if you are even looking at this film you probably aren't the sort who can't live with the natural concessions that come with a low-budget films, and this probably won't bother you too much.
The Evil Dead is the film that seems to come up the most when discussing this movie. This is a bit confusing and deceptive, as although I would be absolutely shocked if the makers of this film weren't highly familiar with Raimi's ouevre, it's primarily just a modern action-martial arts film. Which naturally leads to the question, is the action any good? Personally, I thought it was thoroughly entertaining, from beginning to end. It's got a great volume of action, and mixes up the styles, starting with gun violence and zombies moving to hand to hand fighting concluding with sword fighting. They do it all well, though I like the hand to hand fighting best.(The sword fight at the end is quite sweet as well, though it's hurt a bit by the use of wacky future swords.) Also, although they use some interesting visual and editing styles in the film, they don't over do it on the action scenes and actually let us see what's going on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It aint the same ole, same ole. May 10 2004
But it takes its cues from 'em. The reviewer (dude) who said this flick was not a combination of Reservoir Dogs and Evil Dead was right. But the influence of those and other films of their genre give this fun (although long in the middle) flick its heart and soul.
Kitamura has weaved together kung-fu, deadly zombies, decapitations, mutilations, some great bullet ballet, and plenty of humor, thrown in all on some very cliched criminal types, filmed it often at a frentic pace, and waited to see what would happen. Hey what happened was fun for all.
The only negative comes from a big exposition slow down a little over half-way. And boy does he slam on the breaks. But when we finally get back to the action it's a hoot, and its way over the top.
As usual the dubbing is only so good and detracts from what appear to be great scene chewing performances, but other than learning Japanese what a ya gonna do?? The commentary included here is funny at times but is very lacking in real information.
The quality is not bad.
Oh 0ne other thing, the ending had a twist a pretty good one. So enjoy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, evil, and the undead May 7 2004
Welcome to the Forest of Resurrection: the violentest place on Earth! Set in this wooded locale, Ryuhei Kitamura's "Versus" is a bizarre, yet strangely entertaining, two hours of camp that may well be destined for cult-classic status. More a pastiche of styles than a traditional horror or action movie, "Versus" combines constant ultra-violence with some outrageously hammy overacting, tons of humor that may or may not be intentional, and dozens of zombies that don't serve much of a purpose but look really cool. I can't say this is the best movie I've seen lately, but I can say without reservation I've never seen anything quite like it.
Kitamura certainly can't be criticized for wasting any time getting to the meat of the story. "Versus" opens in the aforementioned forest, as two escaped criminals meet up with a gang of stylishly dressed yakuza thugs who have taken along a cute young woman whose role in the proceedings isn't immediately clear. The problems begin right away, as the characters start bickering and it quickly becomes clear that a couple of the yakuzas are a bit unbalanced (one guy looks like he could have a nervous breakdown any minute, and has practically descended into a feral state by the movie's halfway point). One of the yakuzas and one of the criminals are soon dispatched, and then things get really interesting when they suddenly come back to life and require a few dozen more bullets before they finally decide to stay dead.
After this tense standoff, the remaining prisoner (known only by his number, KSC2-303) and the woman flee into the woods, but things are just getting warmed up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
The movie came right on time like it was supposed to so props to that, I used to own this movie (not the Ultimate version just the Directors Cut) but I got robbed and it was stolen... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bsmithscolaro
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Movie
Versus is an outstanding and over the top action thrill ride. There so much in this film including a bunch of awesome special features. Read more
Published on July 19 2011 by Andrew
4.0 out of 5 stars One versus another
Zombies. Escaped convicts. Mobsters. An ancient battle between two men. And a forest that seemingly grants eternal life... one way or another. Read more
Published on May 16 2010 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars One versus another
Zombies. Escaped convicts. Mobsters. An ancient battle between two men. And a forest that seemingly grants eternal life... one way or another. Read more
Published on July 5 2009 by E. A Solinas
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good
The story is good but the way they filmed it sucked. Starts off in the past and is very cool with costuming and plot then... Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by [unknown]
1.0 out of 5 stars Embarrassingly awful.
I rented this, based on the quote on the front cover from Moriarty of Ain't it Cool News. This "film" is unbelievably bad. Read more
Published on July 2 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars R-rated version, Stinks!!
Watch out for the R rated Version, Why it exist? I have no idea seeing that the gore is just the same as Evil Dead, Riky Oh, or Army of darkness, it's funny. Read more
Published on June 8 2004 by Rafael Amado
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Japanese Film
They tried hard (a little too hard in places) to be artsy and dramatic. What I liked most was that everything about it reminded me of a japanimation film-the characters especially,... Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by Jason April
5.0 out of 5 stars Good wholesome fun
This is a very fun and enjoyable movie. This is the type of movie that you put in the DVD player after feeling depressed after watching Schindlers List or if your having a tough... Read more
Published on May 29 2004 by Brett Kochenower
3.0 out of 5 stars Looks Awful, Good Story
A more accurate title for this film would have been "The Blair Matrix Project." It really brings up some serious issues and makes you think... Read more
Published on May 28 2004 by Joshua D. Thompson
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