(Japan, 2000, 106 minutes)

In a future world where people escape their grim reality through an illegal virtual-reality wargame called Avalon, a star player decides to unlock the mystery behind a secret, restricted-access gaming level. Impenetrably plotted, meditative sci-fi whose stunning digitally-manipulated visuals and clever alternate-reality concepts make for fascinating viewing. Though a Japanese production, the film was shot in Poland with a local cast and crew in a specially graded film stock, then entirely post-produced in Japan with state-of-the-art digital equipment.

StudioCanal, DesFilms, Miramax International, Nippon Herald Films, Bandai Visual, Media Factory and Dentsu present a Deiz/Mamoru Oshii/Avalon Project production. Starring Malgorzata Foremniak, Jerzy Gudejko, Dariusz Biskupski, Bartek Swiderski, and Wladyslaw Kowalski. Directed by Mamoru Oshii; produced by Atsushi Kubo; written by Kazunori Ito; music by Kenji Kawai; director of photography, Grzegorz Kedzierski; art director, Barbara Nowak; digital art director, Hiroyuki Hayashi; art designer, Takashi Watabe; costume designer, Magdalena Teslawska; editor, Hiroshi Okuda; visual effects supervisor, Nobuaki Koga.


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