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‘Casshern’

by Mark Schilling

Director: Kazuaki Kiriya

Language: Japanese (subtitled in English)

On Sept. 24, Paramount Catalog will release an English-subbed Region 1 DVD of Kazuaki Kiriya’s “Casshern.” This 2004 sci-fi epic about a mutant revolt in a post-apocalyptic world has the crazed ambition, visionary reach and even the back-to-the-future look of the great silent-era folie des grandeurs. True, the story is something of an overblown mess, but so was the one for Fritz Lang’s equally mad 1927 masterpiece, “Metropolis.” Happily, it’s priced around $6 in the U.S.