Demon City Shinjuku (1988) Movie Review

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Demon City Shinjuku (1988)

1988 | R | Horror, Action, Fantasy, Animation
82 minutes / 1h 22min

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Demon City Shinjuku Plot Synopsis:

Kyoya's father was a great warrior, killed at the hands of the diabolical psychic, Rebi Ra, who has now opened a portal to hell in the city of Shinjuku. It falls to Kyoya to finish what his father started and battle his way through demons, while protecting a young woman from harm. The only problem is that he's not exactly your classic hero type, and his powers are still latent.

Demon City Shinjuku (1988) Review

Demon City Shinjuku (1988) is a Japanese Animation fantasy horror film that is 82 minutes long and was adapted from Hideyuki Kikuchi‘s novel, Demon City Shinjuku that was published on September 30, 1982. The novel and anime differ slightly in that the novel does not have a fight whereas the anime displays a fight scene between two former friends. Director Yoshiaki Kawajiri (The Animatrix (2003), Ninja Scroll (1993), Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000), X (2001)) executed this low budget anime fabulously and almost flawless. The anime contains brief anime character nudity with sexual language, violence, minor bad language (the F word was used in the English dub version) and minor scenes that may be frightening to some viewers.

Demon City Shinjuku begins by showing us two former friends, Rebi Ra (voice - Kiyoshi Kobayashi - The Castle of Cagliostro (1979), Lupin the 3rd (1977), Daitokai - tatakai no hibi (1976), Rupan sansei (1971)) and Genichirou fighting. Rebi Ra is an evil Lord to the extreme where he allows himself to be possessed so that he can be powerful enough to beat Genichirou. Genichirou did not survive the battle with Rebi Ra resulting in Rebi Ra destroying a part of Tokyo called Shinjuku by creating a devastating earthquake. Shinjuku becomes a demon-haunted wilderness which helps Rebi Ra with his plans in summoning demons to help him conquer the world. The anime skips forward to ten years later where we see Rebi Ra attacking the World President, who is in charge of controlling world peace. Unknown to Rebi Ra, he will have to deal with Genichirou’s son, Kyoya Izayoi, who inherited his father’s powers and a little extra. Watch the anime and see what happens. I was not disappointed upon seeing this anime and hope that you find a liking to it also.

I prefer the original version of this film over the English dub, and I did not mind reading the subtitles. The English version was all over the place with its characters and their accents - a little kid with a Mexican accent and the heroine with what seems to be a British accent. The plot, action scenes, and the screenplay was excellent as well, but the characters needed a little more depth.

  • Demon City Shinjuku Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 6.68
  • IMDB: 6.5

About Demon City Shinjuku 1988

Title: Demon City Shinjuku
Year: 1988
Runtime: 82 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Action, Fantasy, Animation
Reviewer: Score: 3.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.34/5 stars from 1,836 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 1,836 MPAA Rating: R
Demon City Shinjuku Cast Starring: Bradley Lavelle, Bob Sessions, Ichirô Nagai, Yûsaku Yara, Kazumi Tanaka, Ichirô Nagai, Yûsaku Yara, Takeshi Aono, Sharon Holm, Harry Ditson, Teresa Gallagher, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Hiromi Tsuru, Kyôko Tongû, Alex McSweeney, Brian Note, Osamu Saka, Naoki Tatsuta, Kôji Totani, Hirohiko Kakegawa, Arisa Andô, Banjô Ginga, Asami Mukaidono, George Little, Banjô Ginga, Kôji Totani, Arisa Andô, Gareth Armstrong, Kyôko Tongû, Junko Akimori
Demon City Shinjuku Writers: Hideyuki Kikuchi, Kaori Okamura
Demon City Shinjuku Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Production: US Manga Corps
Language: Japanese
Country: Japan