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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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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie July 25 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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 along with a bunch of other movies. I have been slowly re-buying all the films that were stolen, Versus is by far the best Asian action flick I've ever seen. Is it ridiculous? YEP! And your not supposed to take the movie seriously once you let your imagination fly the movie becomes the most wild ride ever.

The cinematography is not the best but the movie is an independent film from the late 90s so the clarity is not the best and when the new scenes get thrown in you can tell four years have past because the camera quality is far superior than that of the original film. Things like that don't really bother me but I know for others it's a huge nit pick. Get this movie if you love violence, guns,swords and Zombies.....who use guns and swords!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars One versus another May 16 2010
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Zombies. Escaped convicts. Mobsters. An ancient battle between two men. And a forest that seemingly grants eternal life... one way or another.

More questions than answers are raised in the oblique, shifting storyline of the cult hit "Versus," since director Ryûhei Kitamura seems intent on winding eerie, bizarre plot twists all around the seemingly simple plot. It has plenty of gore, fighting and a brilliant debut performance by Tak Sakaguchi -- as well as a timeless battle between good and evil that apparently lasts throughout multiple reincarnated lives. And we're not quite sure which is which.

According to the movie, there are 666 portals concealed in this world, which connect to the "other side." One of these is in Japan, called the Forest of Resurrection.

Present day: Prisoner KSC2-303 (Sakaguchi) and his fellow escapee are met near the Forest by a gang of mobsters, but the already-tense atmosphere rapidly degenerates into a bloody war. And then dead bodies start getting up and savagely attacking people. The prisoner escapes with a mysterious girl (Chieko Misaka) whom the mobsters had been ordered to bring there -- he's compelled to protect her, and she seems strangely familiar to him.

The mobsters pursue the girl and the prisoner into the Forest, intending to kill them both -- but the prisoner and their crazy leader both cause even more deaths... and more gun-toting bloodthirsty zombies. So what exactly is going on here? Apparently a neverending battle throughout the centuries in this very Forest, over a young woman with a mysterious power -- and it brings Prisoner KSC2-303 up against an ancient enemy (Hideo Sakaki) whom he's fought in endless prior incarnations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Movie July 19 2011
By Andrew
Format:Blu-ray
Versus is an outstanding and over the top action thrill ride. There so much in this film including a bunch of awesome special features. From convicts to zombies to Guns and Swords, this film has everything an action fanatic could want. A very over exaggerated and hilarious film. A definite buy for anyone who likes films such as "Tokyo Gore Police" or "Death Trance" or anyone who is a fan of Japanese cinema. This is going on my list of top five ultra-violence films.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One versus another July 5 2009
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Zombies. Escaped convicts. Mobsters. An ancient battle between two men. And a forest that seemingly grants eternal life... one way or another.

More questions than answers are raised in the oblique, shifting storyline of the cult hit "Versus," since director Ryûhei Kitamura seems intent on winding eerie, bizarre plot twists all around the seemingly simple plot. It has plenty of gore, fighting and a brilliant debut performance by Tak Sakaguchi -- as well as a timeless battle between good and evil that apparently lasts throughout multiple reincarnated lives. And we're not quite sure which is which.

According to the movie, there are 666 portals concealed in this world, which connect to the "other side." One of these is in Japan, called the Forest of Resurrection -- which apparently is connected to a long ago priest and samurai's fight.

Present day: Prisoner KSC2-303 (Sakaguchi) and his fellow escapee are met near the Forest by a gang of mobsters, but the already-tense atmosphere rapidly degenerates into a bloody war. And then dead bodies start getting up and savagely attacking people. The prisoner escapes with a mysterious girl (Chieko Misaka) whom the mobsters had been ordered to bring there -- he's compelled to protect her, and she seems strangely familiar to him.

The mobsters pursue the girl and the prisoner into the Forest, intending to kill them both -- but the prisoner and their crazy leader both cause even more deaths... and more gun-toting bloodthirsty zombies. So what exactly is going on here? Apparently a neverending battle throughout the centuries in this very Forest, over a young woman with a mysterious power -- and it brings Prisoner KSC2-303 up against an ancient enemy (Hideo Sakaki) whom he's fought in endless prior incarnations.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't turn it off when you really want to... July 9 2004
Format:DVD
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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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 5 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Cool
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. Read more
Published on June 20 2004 by General Zombie
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 "japril78"
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
3.0 out of 5 stars "10 skinny guys doing Kung Fu fighting in a haunted forest"
"This movie is simply 2 hours of 10 skinny guys doing silly Kung Fu fighting in a haunted forrest."
Thus spake another reviewer. And it is. Read more
Published on May 27 2004 by Alison Hudson
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