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Terraformars ("Terafomazu")

North American Premiere
  • Japan
  • 2016
  • 108 mins
  • DCP
  • Japanese
  • English (subtitles)
Preceded by the presentation of a Fantasia Lifetime Achievement Award to director Takashi Miike

Official Selection: Okinawa International Movie Festival 2016, Shanghai International Film Festival 2016

In 2599, Earth is in a serious state of overpopulation. Fortunately, scientists had sent extraordinary amounts of moss and cockroaches to Mars 500 years earlier, in order to render it fit for human life. While the results were relatively positive, the first attempt at colonization failed dramatically. The government is now preparing a second ultra-secret mission led by the unstable Ko Honda, whose hand-picked team is made up of criminals lured by the promise of freedom and a cash reward upon their return. They’ve allowed for a few genetic modifications, granting them the characteristics of various insects. Among the killers, yakuza and other hoodlums on board, Shokichi and his sister Nanao, both accused of murder, see this as their opportunity for a fresh start. But a big obstacle stands in their way — the roaches dispatched five centuries ago have evolved into gigantic, powerful humanoid creatures that have no intention of cooperating. From their very first encounter, the team will grasp just why Mars is known as the Red Planet…

With a futuristic Japan reminiscent of BLADE RUNNER, its delirious human-insect costumes and make-up recalling tokusatsu classics, and a premise pulled straight out of STARSHIP TROOPERS, TERRAFORMARS — care of none other than Japanese cinema icon Takashi Miike (AUDITION, 13 ASSASSINS) — is without a doubt Fantasia 2016’s must-see picture for fans of large-scale science fiction. Letting his extravagance run wild, Miike adds a healthy quotient of humour to the hundreds of gallons of insect fluid flooding this furious and action-packed adaptation of Yu Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana’s successful manga. Boasting an incredible cast including Hideaki Ito (LESSON OF THE EVIL), Emi Takei (FOR LOVE'S SAKE), Tomohisa Yamashita (TOMORROW'S JOE), Takayuki Yamada (MILOCRORZE), Shun Oguri (LUPIN THE THIRD) and Rinko Kikuchi (PACIFIC RIM), TERRAFORMARS has everything you need for an absolutely exhilarating cinematic experience!

— Nicolas Archambault