Demon City Shinjuku (1988) Movie Review


Demon City Shinjuku (1988)

1988 | Horror, Fantasy, Animation
82 minutes /

User Score: 80/100

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Demon City Shinjuku Review


A young warrior must finish what his father started by battling his way through a city of demons and defeat a diabolical psychic who has opened a portal to hell.

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.

About Demon City Shinjuku 1988

Title: Demon City Shinjuku
AKA: Makaitoshi Shinjuku
Year: 1988
Runtime: 82 minutes
Type: Anime
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Animation
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4/5 stars from 20 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 20
Starring: Bradley Lavelle, Bob Sessions, Ichirô Nagai, Yûsaku Yara, Sharon Holm, Takeshi Aono, Harry Ditson, Teresa Gallagher, Hiromi Tsuru, Kyôko Tongû, Alex McSweeney, Brian Note, Arisa Andô, George Little, Banjô Ginga, Gareth Armstrong, Junko Akimori, Hideyuki Hori, Kiyoshi Kobayashi
Writers: Hideyuki Kikuchi, Kaori Okamura
Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri

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