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A movie adaptation of the Noah's Ark story from the Spriggan Manga. The movie was created by Studio 4°C and was released in America by ADV Films in 2002

Explorers in Turkey find "Noah's Ark," a spaceship frozen in layers of ice. The clandestine ARCAM research organization, dedicated to recovering the artifacts of a lost prehistoric civilization, sends in its researchers but comes under attack from American agents who want the Ark's secrets for themselves. Yu Ominae, a Japanese schoolboy who is really one of ARCAM's elite "Spriggan" agents, heads for Turkey for a battle of wits against the Pentagon's high-powered Machiners Platoon led by the supersoldiers Fatman and Little Boy. They, however, report to the evil MacDougal, a child prodigy whose powers are dangerously out of control. MacDougal has realized that the Ark is a weather control device, and he intends to start a new Ice Age.

Inspired by the final shot of Raiders of the Lost Ark (itself an homage to Citizen Kane), Hiroshi Takashige and Project Arms-creator Ryoji Minagawa's 1989 manga in Shonen Sunday posited a secret society fighting to claim all the world's paranormal artifacts for good, with agents named after Celtic fairies that "protect important treasures in ancient ruins."

From the English lettering to the Chinese theme song, this is an anime made with the foreign audience in mind-the script was translated before the film was made in an attempt to secure foreign backing. The manga was originally translated into English as Striker, in a version that hid its strong anti-Americanism, though the film was made and released in the U.S. amid a post-X-Files willingness to cast the Pentagon as the bad guy. The anime project began life as a video of Spriggan's "Berserker" chapters but was changed to the Ark plotline and upgraded to a theatrical release-close up it still looks like a video production inflated with extra capital. In a succession of bloody battles punctuated with Biblical apocalypse and government conspiracy, director Kawasaki recalls the whip-like cuts of Ghost in the Shell, tearing from shot to shot to distract us from the sparse animation-Spriggan has less than a third of Akira's cel count, which it hides with a breakneck pace worthy of Tsui Hark. "Supervisor" Katsuhiro Otomo's influence is clearest in the design of the Ark and the portrayal of the evil MacDougal. Like the mutant children of Akira, he has a bluish pallor, a vocabulary that belies his age, and a voice provided by a genuine child actor.

A sequence from Kuniaki Haishima's score was lifted and reused in the Korean movie Joint Security Area (2001) and also in a British TV commercial for the Carphone Warehouse.

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Yu Ominae ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Chris Patton ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Showtaro Morikubo ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Jean Jacques Mondo ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Takehito Koyasu ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Colonel MacDougal ( x ) ( x ) ( x )

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Yasuomi Umetsu Key Animator Animation Director.
Hirotsugu Kawasaki Director
Kuniaki Haishima Music
Katsuhiro Otomo Producer Also designed Noah's Ark.

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Name: Spriggan
Release Date: April 23, 2002
Name: スプリガン
Romaji: Supurigan
Release Date: Sept. 5, 1998
Rating: R
Runtime: 90 (mins)
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