Friday, April 28, 2006

The Matador

(USA/Germany, 2004, 97 minutes)

A professional hitman undergoing his midlife crisis befriends a freelance engineer in a Mexico City hotel bar. Quirky comedy that makes a point of undercutting audience expectations at every turn; its unexpected charms derive from a well honed script efficiently filmed and a perfectly cast lead.

The Weinstein Company, Miramax Films, Stratus Film Company and DEJ Productions present, in association with Equity Pictures, a Furst Films/Irish Dreamtime production, in association with Arclight Films. Starring Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis, Philip Baker Hall, Dylan Baker, Adam Scott. Directed and written by Richard Shepard; produced by Pierce Brosnan, Beau St. Clair, Sean Furst and Bryan Furst; music by Rolfe Kent; director of photography, David Tattersall; production designer, Rob Pearson; costume designer, Catherine Thomas; film editor, Carole Kravetz-Aykanian.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

The Producers

(USA, 2005, 130 minutes)

Two Broadway producers decide to make a fortune by staging a flop musical that will allow them to pocket the investors’ money. Lively, enjoyably old-fashioned musical, a throwback to the Broadway-to-Hollywood fad of the 1960s, filming the Broadway smash that Mel Brooks adapted for the stage from his own 1967 hit comedy retaining all of the original plot; most of the stage crew and cast, including the award-winning leads, returns for the film.

Columbia Pictures and Universal Pictures present a Brooksfilms production. Starring Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell, Gary Beach, Roger Bart, Eileen Essell, and Jon Lovitz. Directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman; produced by Mel Brooks and Jonathan Sanger; screenplay by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, from their stage musical "The Producers" and Brooks' screenplay for the film "The Producers"; music and lyrics by Mel Brooks; underscore by Glen Kelly; directors of photography, John Bailey and Charles Minsky; production designer, Mark Friedberg; "Springtime for Hitler" set designed by Robin Wagner; costume designer, William Ivey Long; film editor, Steven Weisberg.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Capitães de Abril

(France/Portugal/Spain/Italy, 2000, 123 minutes)

The day of the Portuguese revolution of 1974 that overthrew the country’s fascist dictatorship, seen through the eyes of two of the military officers involved in the coup. Lively if shallow adventure drama that puts fictional characters (although inspired by real persons) inside an actual historical event, portrayed in a likeable Boys Own Adventure style, technically proficient and enthusiastically acted.

Jacques Bidou presents a JBA Productions/Mutante Filmes/Filmart/Alia Film/ARTE France Cinéma/France 2 Cinéma/RTP production in co-production with FMB Films and SFP Cinéma, with the collaboration of ICAM, Fonds Eurimages, OAA, Ibermedia, Canal Plus, Canal Plus España, Telepiu, TVE, RAI, Cofimages 11, Gimages 2, Fondation Gan pour le Cinéma and FAS. Starring Stefano Accorsi, Maria de Medeiros, Joaquim de Almeida, Frédéric Pierrot, Fele Martinez, Manuel João Vieira, Marcantonio del Carlo, Emmanuel Salinger. Directed by Maria de Medeiros; produced by Jacques Bidou; written by Maria de Medeiros and Eve Deboise; music by António Victorino d'Almeida; director of photography, Michel Abramowicz; art director, Guy-Claude François; film editor, Jacques Witta.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Le Filmeur

(France, 2005, 102 minutes)

A selection of the “video diaries” of ten years in the life of French film director Alain Cavalier, during which he battles skin cancer and loses both his parents. The concepts of “autobiography” and “slice of life” reach new heights in this endearingly freeform, somewhat experimental documentary that is at times too personal for general consumption but is never less than fascinating.

A Pyramide International/Pyramide Distribution release. Michel Seydoux presents a Camera One/Pyramide Productions production. Directed, photographed and edited by Alain Cavalier, with the collaboration of Françoise Widhoff.

Friday, April 21, 2006

The Wild Blue Yonder

(Germany/Great Britain/France, 2005, 81 minutes)

An alien immigrant from the Andromeda galaxy tells the story of an Earth expedition to his distant home planet. Intriguing but rather bewildering atmospheric “science-fiction fantasy” (as the credits put it), made originally for television, that sets a fictional narrative to documentary footage of space and underwater exploration; not without its merits, but mostly for director fans only.

A Werner Herzog Filmproduktion, West Park Pictures and Tetra Media production in association with BBC and France 2. Starring Brad Dourif. Directed and written by Werner Herzog; produced by Andre Singer; music by Ernst Reijseger; camera, Tanja Koop, Henry Kaiser, the astronauts of the STS-34 NASA shuttle mission, Klaus Scheurich; film editor, Joe Bini.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Lisboetas

(Portugal, 2004, 106 minutes)

The daily lives of foreign immigrants in Lisbon. Affecting if uneven documentary that makes some powerful points about modern-day immigration; however, it suffers from concentrating too much on one particular group of immigrants (from Eastern Europe) and is a tad overlong — ironically, since it had originally been cut as a 60-min piece formatted for television and was expanded into feature length for cinema release.

An Atalanta Filmes release. A Faux production, supported by ICAM, in association with YLE—Teema, with the collaboration of Parc de la Villette. Directed by Serge Tréfaut; produced by Serge Tréfaut and Patrícia Faria; researched by Patrícia Faria and Luísa Nora; camera, João Ribeiro; sound, Olivier Blanc; film editor, Pedro Marques.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

20 Centímetros

(Spain/France, 2005, 114 minutes)

A narcoleptic transvestite saving up for a sex-change operation dreams herself in elaborate musical production numbers to make up for the misery of her daily life. Colourful, off-centred melodrama that looks like something Pedro Almodóvar might have dreamt up but, despite a game cast, lacks his wit and talent; that said, not badly done, with good technical credits.

A Warner-Sogefilms release. Aligator Producciones, Picasso Estudios, Jet Films and Divine Productions present in association with Telecinco and TV3 a Carlos Batres/José María Calleja/Iker Monfort/María J. Poblador production. Starring Mónica Cervera, Pablo Puyol, Miguel O’Dogherty, Concha Galán, Pilar Bardem, Rossy de Palma, Lola Dueñas, Juan Sanz, Najwa Nimri. Directed and written by Ramón Salazar; musical directors, Pascal Gaigne and Najwa Nimri; director of photography, Ricardo de Gracia; production designer, Alejandro Prieto Barral; costume designers, Alejandro Prieto Barral and Estibaliz Markiegi; film editor, Teresa Font; choreographers, Chevy Muraday and Eva Moreno.

The Final Cut

(Canada, 2004, 94 minutes)

In the future, people are implanted at birth with a memory chip that records their entire life, whose footage is condensed at death into a memorial edited by a “cutter”; one such “cutter” finds a clue to a trauma in his own past in the footage he’s currently editing... Good-looking but muddled melodrama with sci-fi overtones that wastes a provocative premise and good technical credits in poor, cliched scripting and non-existant acting.

Lions Gate Films presents, in association with Cinerenta, an Industry Entertainment/Cinetheta production. Starring Robin Williams, Mira Sorvino, Mimi Kuzyk, Stephanie Romanov, Jim Caviezel. Directed and written by Omar Naim; produced by Nick Wechsler; music by Brian Tyler; director of photography, Tak Fujimoto; production designer, James Chinlund; costume designer, Monique Prudhomme; film editors, Dede Allen and Robert Brakey.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Bewitched

(USA, 2005, 100 minutes)

A charming witch wishing to leave her past behind and become a normal person finds work as an actress... playing a witch wanting to become a normal person in a new version of a hit TV series. Amiable and rather civilized but insubstantial romantic comedy attempting a big-screen transfer of a fondly remembered TV series of the 1960’s; the clever plotting is somewhat undone by miscast leads, while the inspired supporting cast goes mainly unused.

Columbia Pictures presents a Red Wagon Entertainment/Lucy Fisher—Douglas Wick/Penny Marshall production. Starring Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell, Shirley MacLaine, Michael Caine, Jason Schwartzman, Kristin Chenoweth, Heather Burns, Jim Turner, Stephen Colbert, David Alan Grier, Michael Badalucco, Carole Shelley, Steve Carell. Directed by Nora Ephron; produced by Douglas Wick, Lucy Fisher, Penny Marshall and Nora Ephron; screenplay by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, based on the TV series "Bewitched" created by Sol Saks; music by George Fenton; director of photography, John Lindley; production designer, Neil Spisak; costume designer, Mary Zophres; film editor, Tia Nolan; visual effects supervisor, Carey Villegas.

Monday, April 17, 2006

House of Wax

(USA, 2005, 109 minutes)

Six friends on their way to a football game get lost and find a deserted small town whose eerie wax museum hides a terrible secret. Efficient B-horror movie that borrows elements and the title, but little else, from 1953’s House of Wax and turns it into a Texas Chainsaw Massacre-style slasher; a spectacular climactic setpiece, better-than-average scripting and good production values lift it up above most of the competition, but it still goes on for far too long.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures present a Dark Castle Entertainment production. Starring Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Brian van Holt, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki, Jon Abrahams, Robert Ri’chard. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra; produced by Joel Silver, Robert Zemeckis and Susan Levin; screenplay by Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes, based on a story by Charles Belden; music by John Ottman; director of photography, Stephen Windon; production designer, Graham "Grace" Walker; costume designers, Alex Alvarez and Graham Purcell; film editor, Joel Negron; visual effects supervisor, John Breslin.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

The Passion of the Christ

(USA, 2004, 125 minutes)

The last twelve hours of Jesus Christ’s life, from His capture by the Pharisees to His crucifixion. Stark but handsome passion play adapted directly from the Bible with as little embellishment as possible, replacing the usual hamminess of Hollywood religious pageants with a rather surprising insistence on realistic blood and guts; technical and artistic credits are generally very good. The film’s $25 million budget was entirely raised by Gibson himself, a devout Catholic for whom the project has been a labour of love, who insisted in doing it without any recognisable movie stars and with dialogue spoken in Aramaic and Latin subtitled into English. Its release was surrounded by controversy regarding its violent tone and strong accusations of anti-Semitism. That only fuelled a remarkable box-office take of $125 million in the first week on release alone in the US.

An Icon production. Starring Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Claudia Gerini, Maia Morgenstern, Sergio Rubini. Directed by Mel Gibson; produced by Mel Gibson, Bruce Davey and Stephen McEveety; screenplay by Benedict Fitzgerald and Mel Gibson; music by John Debney; director of photography, Caleb Deschanel; production designer, Francesco Frigeri; costume designer, Maurizio Millenotti; film editor, John Wright; special make-up effects designed and created by Keith Vanderlaan.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Hostel

(USA, 2005, 90 minutes)

Three backpackers check into a Eastern European hostel, unaware they are to become victims of a deadly underground ring. Thoroughly unpleasant shocker that revels in its gory, sadistic details, but is unable to redeem them through either style or storytelling.

Screen Gems, Lions Gate Films and Quentin Tarantino present a Next Entertainment/Raw Nerve production. Starring Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, Eythor Gudjundsson, and Rick Hoffman. Directed and written by Eli Roth; produced by Mike Fleiss, Eli Roth and Chris Briggs; music by Nathan Barr; director of photography, Milan Chadima; production and costume designer, Franco-Giacomo Carbone; special make-up effects created and supervised by Gregory Nicotero and Howard Berger; film editor, George Folsey Jr.

Friday, April 14, 2006

The Ice Harvest

(USA, 2005, 90 minutes)

A crooked lawyer and a mob henchman steal two million dollars from their common employer on Christmas Eve, but getting away with it is a whole different matter. Dullish, predictable attempt at dry-witted film noir whose economic script and solid performances required more committed handling.

Focus Features presents a Bona Fide production. Starring John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Connie Nielsen, Randy Quaid, Oliver Platt, Mike Starr. Directed by Harold Ramis; produced by Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa; screenplay by Richard Russo and Robert Benton, from the novel by Scott Phillips; music by David Kitay; director of photography, Alar Kivilo; production designer, Patrizia von Brandenstein; costume designer, Susan Kaufmann; film editor, Lee Percy.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Inside Man

(USA, 2006, 127 minutes)

A bank robbery turns into a hostage situation, but the police negotiator begins to suspect something’s not quite right with the demands being made. Unusual, intelligent heist movie with the feel of a police procedural and some sly political critique written in, with performances, handling and writing perfectly matched.

Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment present a Brian Grazer production. In association with GH Two LLC and 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks. Starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer, Willem Dafoe, Chiwetel Ejiofor. Directed by Spike Lee; produced by Brian Grazer; written by Russell Gewirtz; music by Terence Blanchard; director of photography, Matthew Libatique; production designer, Wynn Thomas; costume designer, Donna Berwick; film editor, Barry Alexander Brown.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

The White Countess

(USA/Great Britain/China/Germany, 2005, 134 minutes)

In 1936 Shanghai, a blind American diplomat befriends a white Russian countess working as a taxi dancer to support her extended family. Sweeping period melodrama that is at once epic in scale and intimate in story, exquisitely handled and performed. This was the final collaboration between American director James Ivory and Indian producer Ismail Merchant, partners for over 30 years, who died during completion of the film in London.

Sony Pictures Classics, Merchant Ivory Productions and Shanghai Film Group Corporation present a VIP Medienfonds 3/White Countess Productions production with the participation of Peter Elson/Global Cinema Group, Rising Star and China Film Co-Production Corporation. Starring Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, Hiroyuki Sanada, Lynn Redgrave, Allan Corduner, Ying Da, Madeleine Daly, Dan Herzberg, Jean-Pierre Lorit, Lee Pace, Madeleine Potter, Pierre Seznec, Luoyong Wang, John Wood. Directed by James Ivory; produced by Ismail Merchant; producer for Shanghai Film Group Corporation, Ren Zhonglun; producer for VIP Medienfonds 3, Andreas Grosch; written by Kazuo Ishiguro; music by Richard Robbins; director of photography, Christopher Doyle; production designer, Andrew Sanders; costume designer, John Bright; film editor, John David Allen.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Casanova

(USA, 2005, 111 minutes)

The legendary Venetian seducer Casanova finally meets his match in a fiercely feminist young woman who is resisting her arranged marriage to a Genoa trader. Dismally ill-advised period romp that was lavishly shot in Venice but never rises above bawdy, unfunny slapstick, wasting a game cast.

Touchstone Pictures presents a Mark Gordon Company/Hallström-Holleran production. Starring Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Oliver Platt, Lena Olin. Directed by Lasse Hallström; produced by Mark Gordon, Betsy Beers and Leslie Holleran; screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher and Kimberley Simi, from a story by Simi and Michael Cristofer; music by Alexandre Desplat; director of photography, Oliver Stapleton; production designer, David Gropman; costume designer, Jenny Beavan; film editor, Andrew Mondshein.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Mean Creek

(USA, 2004, 89 minutes)

A school bully is invited by some of his colleagues and their older friends to a day trip upriver, unaware it has all been carefully planned to give him his comeuppance. Powerful morality tale of teenage bullying.

A Focus Features release. Whitewater Films presents a Mean Creek production. Starring Rory Culkin, Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz, Trevor Morgan, Josh Peck, Carly Schroeder. Directed and written by Jacob Aaron Estes; produced by Rick Rosenthal, Susan Johnson and Hagai Shaham; music by TomandAndy; director of photography, Sharone Meir; production designer, Greg McMickle; costume designer, Cynthia Morrill; film editor, Madeleine Gavin.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Cypher

(Canada, 2002, 95 minutes)

A rookie undercover agent for a technology company becomes an unwitting pawn in an industrial espionage war. Convoluted but absorbing futuristic spy thriller whose breathtakingly stylish visuals go a long way towards redressing the plot’s essential silliness.

Pandora presents, in association with Miramax Films, a Gaylord Films production. Starring Jeremy Northam, Lucy Liu, Nigel Bennett, Timothy Webber, David Hewlett, Kari Matchett. Directed by Vincenzo Natali; produced by Hunt Lowry, Paul Federbush, Casey la Scala and Wendy Grean; written by Brian King; music by Michael Andrews; director of photography, Derek Rogers; production designer, Jasna Stefanovic; costume designer, Tamara Winston; film editor, Bert Kish; visual effects supervisor, Bob Munroe.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Basic Instinct 2

(USA/Germany/GB, 2006, 114 minutes)

A renowned psychiatrist falls for the murder suspect he was asked to evaluate — a brilliant, manipulative crime writer. Stylish psychological thriller that is not so much a sequel to the notorious 1992 original (Basic Instinct, directed by Paul Verhoeven with Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone) as a variation with one character in common; despite a plot eventually too convoluted for its own good, it’s certainly better (but not much) than one was led to expect.

Mario F. Kassar and Andrew G. Vajna, in association with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, present a C2 Pictures/Intermedia Films production in association with IMF Internationale Medien & Film 3, with the participation of Grosvenor Park Media. Starring Sharon Stone, David Morrissey, Charlotte Rampling, David Thewlis. Directed by Michael Caton-Jones; produced by Mario F. Kassar, Andrew G. Vajna and Joel B. Michaels; IMF producer, Aslan Nadery; screenplay by Leora Barish and Henry Bean, from characters created by Joe Eszterhas; music by John Murphy; director of photography, Gyula Pados; production designer, Norman Garwood; costume designer, Beatrix Aruna Pasztor; film editors, John Scott and Istvan Kiraly.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Ultraviolet

(USA, 2005, 84 minutes)

A vampire warrior steals the secret weapon that the establishment has created to wipe out its race — a cloned child that carries an antigene in its blood. Astoundingly inept and virtually incomprehensible sci-fi actioner strongly inspired by Asian cinema and comic-books, with shoddy production values and trick effects; whether the general incompetence was inbuilt or a result of studio meddling does not excuse just how unimagineably bad this all is.

A Screen Gems presentation/production. Starring Milla Jovovich, Cameron Bright, Nick Chinlund, and William Fichtner. Directed and written by Kurt Wimmer; produced by John Baldecchi; music by Klaus Badelt; additional music by David Porter; director of photography, Arthur Wong Ngok Tai; production designer, Choo Sung Pong; costume designer, Joseph Porro; film editor, William Yeh; visual effects supervisor, Victor Wong; fight choreography, Mike Smith.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Prime

(USA, 2005, 104 minutes)

A newly-divorced New Yorker falls in love with a struggling artist 15 years her junior — unaware he’s the son of her longstanding psychiatrist. An intriguing premise and two excellent actresses are wasted in a forgettable and rather unfunny romantic comedy.

Stratus Film Company, Focus Features and Universal Pictures present a Team Todd/Younger Than You/Prime Film Productions production. Starring Meryl Streep, Uma Thurman, Bryan Greenberg, Jon Abrahams. Directed and written by Ben Younger; produced by Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd; music by Ryan Shore; director of photography, William Rexer; production designer, Mark Ricker; costume designer, Melissa Toth; film editor, Kristina Boden.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

V for Vendetta

(GB/Germany, 2006, 130 minutes)

In a near future where England has become a totalitarian state, a young secretary becomes unwittingly involved with a mysterious revolutionary fighting to overthrow the government. Rather than an action blockbuster, this is an intriguing, powerful mystery thriller retaining the spirit, if not the word, of an acclaimed graphic novel; its strong political subtext that raises interesting questions usually passed over by mainstream entertainment such as this.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Virtual Studios, a Silver Pictures/Warner Bros. Productions/Fünfte Babelsberg production in association with Anarchos Productions. Starring Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry, John Hurt. Directed by James McTeigue; produced by Joel Silver, Grant Hill, Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski; screenplay by the Wachowski brothers, from the graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd; music by Dario Marianelli; director of photography, Adrian Biddle; production designer, Owen Paterson; costume designer, Sammy Sheldon; film editor, Martin Walsh.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Frank Miller's Sin City

(USA, 2005, 124 minutes)

Four crime stories set in the fictional, corrupt town of Basin City. Visually striking, fast-paced all-star compendium of violent, “hardboiled” stories from an acclaimed series of graphic novels, taken literally from the comics’ original pages. A breathtaking, brilliant exercise in genre stylism, shot in colour on high-definition digital video with the actors performing against a green screen, then manipulated digitally into creating a high contrast black-and-white image. Only the bar set was actually constructed and all other sets were digitally created and added in post-production. Director Robert Rodriguez resigned his membership from the Directors Guild of America after the organisation threatened to shut down production over the shared directing credit with original comic creator Frank Miller.

Miramax International and Dimension Films present a Troublemaker Studios production. Starring Jessica Alba, Devon Aoki, Alexis Bledel, Powers Boothe, Rosario Dawson, Benicio del Toro, Michael Clarke Duncan, Carla Gugino, Josh Hartnett, Rutger Hauer, Jaime King, Michael Madsen, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Nick Stahl, Bruce Willis, Elijah Wood. Directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, with special guest director Quentin Tarantino; produced by Elizabeth Avellán; from Frank Miller's graphic novels "The Customer Is Always Right", "That Yellow Bastard", "The Hard Goodbye" and "The Big Fat Kill"; music by Robert Rodriguez, John Debney and Graeme Revell; director of photography, film editor and visual effects supervisor, Robert Rodriguez; art director, Jeanette Scott; costume supervision, Nina Proctor.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

The Lady Vanishes

(GB, 1938, 96 minutes)

Returning home by train from a skiing holiday, a British heiress befriends a charming governess; when she mysteriously disappears, all the other train passengers insist she never even boarded the train at all... Delightful, masterfully paced combination of espionage, mystery and comedy that remains Hitchcock’s quintessential film of his British period. Remade 1979 under the same title by Anthony Page, with Cybill Shepherd, Elliott Gould and Angela Lansbury in the roles here taken by Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave and Dame May Whitty.

Gaumont British Pictures presents a Gainsborough picture. Starring Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas, Dame May Whitty; with Cecil Parker, Linden Travers, Mary Clare, Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock; screenplay by Sidney Gilliatt and Frank Launder, from the story "The Wheel Spins" by Ethel Lina White; musical director, Louis Levy; director of photography, Jack Cox; art director, Vetchinsky; film editor, R. E. Dearing.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Avalon

(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.