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Avalon (2001)
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Avalon (2001) Gloomy portrayal of the near future in an imaginary town in Central Europe, shot in Poland (Polish is also spoken). The town is dirty and chaotic. Computer games have lost their innocence: they are addictive and large sums of money can be won. Ash lives alone. She doesn't have any contact with other people, only with her dog. Her only activities are cooking meals for the dog and playing games. She is a professional Avalon super warrior, a player on the top-level, that is only accessible under very specific conditions. Once a player is inside, they can only stop by winning the game. Otherwise the player can die. Ash ignores all warnings and decides to play anyway.

Movie Tagline:
Dare to enter a world of future videogames

Title: Avalon
Release Date: May 05, 2004
Runtime: 107 mins
Genre: Drama
All Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Languages: Polish
Country: Japan, Poland
Colors: Color, Black and White
Sound: DTS, Dolby Digital EX
IMDB Rating: 6.7
Buried.com Rating: 7.7 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With A

MPAA Rating: R

MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for some violence.

Mamoru Oshii

Malgorzata Foremniak ...Ash
Wladyslaw Kowalski ...Game Master
Jerzy Gudejko ...Murphy
Dariusz Biskupski ...Bishop
Bartlomiej Swiderski ...Stunner (as Bartek Swiderski)
Katarzyna Bargielowska ...Receptionist
Alicja Sapryk ...Gill
Michal Breitenwald ...Murphy of Nine Sisters
Zuzanna Kasz ...Ghost
Adam Szyszkowski ...Player A
Krzysztof Szczerbinski ...Player B (as Krszysztof Szczerbinski)
Marek Stawinski ...Player C
Jaroslaw Budnik ...Cooper (voice)
Andrzej Debski ...Cusinart (voice)
Zdzislaw Szymborski ...Man at Philharmonic
Elzbieta Towarnicka ...Soloist at Philharmonic

Takehiko Chino
Ryoichi Fukuyama
Kazumi Kawashiro
Tetsu Kayama
Shinji Komori
Atsushi Kubo
Takenari Maeda
yasuki Miki
Katsuharu Nagata
Katsuhiro Ogawa
Naoyuki Sakagami
Toru Shiobara
Nobuyuki Tohya
Shin Unozawa
Shigeru Watanabe

Kazunori Ito

Kenji Kawai

More Movie Taglines:
  • Dare to enter a world of future videogames
Movie Quote(s):
  • Murphy: Why did you come? Because of me? Ash: Isn't that a good reason?
  • Ash: Let me ask you something. Are you accessing from a terminal somewhere or are you part of the system itself? Game Master: What does it matter? You couldn't confirm it anyway.
  • Murphy: Have you ever been shot? Do you want to feel real pain in a real body? Ash: Does it have to be this way? Murphy: When one of us dies and that body doesn't vanish, the other one will know.
  • Murphy: [referring to Class Real] Ash, don't let appearance confuse you. This is the world where you belong.
  • Bishop: Just as I thought, you are the only one who got through the gate. Ash: Is this "Special A"? Bishop: We call it "Class Real". Building it has taken huge amounts of very sophisticated data. In many ways, it's still very experimental. Ash: In many ways? Bishop: There's just one thing you have to do to complete it. That's finishing off the Unreturned. Your equipment and skill parameters are returned to default. All you have is a pistol and one clip of ammunition. There are neutral characters operating under free will. Hurt one of them and your game is over. There's no time limit. The only exit from the game is completion. If you get back safely, you can be one of us. Any questions? Ash: Why did you send me here? Bishop: Surely the answer to that lies within you. If there's no questions, we'll begin.
Movie Trivia:
  • Production designer Barbara Nowak's name can be seen on a poster for the Avalon opera.
  • Director Trademark: [Mamoru Oshii] [biblical quote]
  • Bishop is played by Dariusz Biskupski. 'Biskup' is Polish for bishop.
  • All military vehicles and helicopters was borrowed from the Polish army for free.
  • Director Trademark: [Mamoru Oshii] Bassett Hound.
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