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The Venus Wars
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Directed by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko
Produced by
Written by Yuichi Sasamoto, Yoshikazu Yasuhiko
Starring Gorô Naya, Anna Alba
Music by
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Distributed by Central Park Media Corporation
Released 1989
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Running time 102 min
Language Japanese
Budget
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IMDb profile

The Venus Wars (or Vinasu Senki in Japanese) is a 1989 science fiction film anime film. It is directed by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, co-written by Yuichi Sasamoto and Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, and stars Gorô Naya and Anna Alba. Yasuhiko Yoshikazu (安彦 良和) is a well-known man in the anime industry. ... Yasuhiko Yoshikazu (安彦 良和) is a well-known man in the anime industry. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1988 in film, other events of 1989, 1990 in film, list of years in film. // Events Actress Kim Basinger and her brother Mick purchase Braselton, Georgia for $20 million. ... Sci-fi is an abbreviation for science fiction. ... Anime (アニメ) is a style of cartoon animation originating in Japan. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Yasuhiko Yoshikazu (安彦 良和) is a well-known man in the anime industry. ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... Yasuhiko Yoshikazu (安彦 良和) is a well-known man in the anime industry. ...


Loosely based on the manga by Yasuhiko, The Venus Wars gained recognition in the United States when it aired in heavy rotation on the Sci-Fi Channel's "Saturday Anime" movie block in the late 1990s. A page from the Marmalade Boy manga, volume 1 (Japanese version) Manga (漫画) is the Japanese word for comics and print cartoons; outside of Japan, it usually refers specifically to Japanese comics. ... There are two television channels named Sci-Fi: a British satellite television channel; see Sci Fi channel (United Kingdom) a United States television channel; see Sci Fi channel (United States) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

Contents


Cast

In credits order

  • Gorô Naya
  • Anna Alba Maggy
  • Bradley Cole Will
  • Jocelyn Cunningham Miranda
  • William Dufries Kurtz
  • Ben Fairman Hiro
  • Denica Fairman Sue
  • Peter Marinker Donner
  • Michael MorrisRob
  • Bob Sessions Gary

Michael Morris, 3rd Baron Killanin (1914–1999), usually known as Lord Killanin, was the former head of the International Olympic Committee. ...

Characters

Hiro Seno: A hotshot monobiker, Hiro is the star of the Killer Commando racing team. Impetuous and impulsive, he becomes a key figure in the war for the freedom of Aphrodia.


Susan Sommers: A flirtatious and spunky reporter from Earth, Sue loses her objectivity when she falls in love with Will, one of the Killer Commandoes.


General Gerheart Donner: The arrogant leader of the Ishtar military forces.


Maggy: Hiro's sweet-natured girlfriend, who's in training to be a nurse.


Miranda: The fiery "Queen" of the Killer Commandoes.


Will: One of the more thoughtful and mature Killer Commandoes; he falls in love with Sue.


Gary: The team manager and father-figure of the Killer Commandoes.


Lieutenant Kurtz: Hiro's superior officer and rival in the Aphrodian Freedom Force.


Plot Synopsis

In the year 2003, a collision with an ice meteorite has transformed the surface of the planet Venus. In the year 2089, Venus has been colonized and divided into two continents, Ishtar and Aphrodia. Susan Sommers, a bubbly reporter from Earth, travels to Venus hoping to get a scoop on the military tensions that have arisen between the two nations. She arrives in the Aphrodian capital of Io shortly before the city is invaded by the forces of Ishtar, led by General Donner. Adjective Venusian or (rarely) Cytherean (*min temperature refers to cloud tops only) Atmospheric characteristics Atmospheric pressure 9. ...


Meanwhile, a brutal, Rollerball-esque racing game is being held in a local stadium. One team, the Killer Commandoes, is led by hotshot Hiro Seno. The game is disrupted by the invasion and the team quickly evacuates. Hiro's teammate Will picks up Sue on the way and takes her to the garage where the rest of the team is laying low. The invasion of Io is completed in one day, and the politicans, police, and press submit to Ishtar's authority. The city is put under marshal law, and a curfew is in effect. Many of Io's citizens, including Hiro's girlfriend Maggy, try to pretend that nothing has changed since the invasion, but Donner's iron grip on the city is too tight to ignore. Rollerball can be: A Rollerball pen is a type of Ball-point pen and ink. ...


Hiro visits his teammate Jack, who's staying in his uncle's high rise apartment. However, the police see them as trespassers and lead an unprovoked assault against Hiro. He makes a daring escape from their custody, but not unscathed; his leg is pierced by a bullet and he barely makes it to Maggy's home before he collapses. She tends to his wounds, and Hiro shares a few secrets about his past. A photograph of Maggy's father's spurs memories of the farm where he was raised; Hiro reveals that many of the terra-forming farms funded by the Aphrodian government were frauds simply meant to secure land away from Ishtar. He bitterly notes that all governments are corrupt, and expresses his frustration and anger at the state of the world. His words trouble Maggy, but the two share an embrace and a passionate kiss. The moment is ruined when her father returns from work; Hiro is ushered into a back room and overhears the ensuing conversation. Maggy's father is a bureaucrat, and he's pulling strings to have the two of them evacuated out of Io. Maggy is horrified at the thought of abandoning her friends, and Hiro storms out.


Meanwhile, Miranda of the Killer Commandoes discovers that their manager, Gary, has been secretly smuggling arms in the city. Raiding his cache, she reveals her plan to demolish the Ishtar tanks that are parked in the old stadium. Gary says that the Commandoes would be fools to try such a suicidal mission, but Hiro likes the idea and inspires his teammates. The Killer Commandoes lead an assault against the tanks, but underestimate the strength of Ishtar's military. Jack and Gary are killed in the melee, and Hiro nearly shares their fate. At the last minute, however, the team is saved by the Aphrodian Freedom Force, which had also been planning to attack the stadium that night.


The Killer Commandoes are forcibly recruited by Lt. Kurtz, who thinks that their skills as monobikers would be useful in his Bloodhound Squadron. Will is called out on a mission, and Sue begs him to take her along. He instead convinces her to wire her camera to his monobike so he can film their attack. But, to Sue's horror, Will disappears in battle. Sue steals a buggy to search for him on the battlefield, only to stumble upon the terrible truth of his death.


Upset over Will's fate, Hiro and the Commandoes demand to be freed from the Freedom Force's custody. Lt. Kurtz and Hiro quickly strike up an animosity, and Kurtz challenges Hiro to a race across a ravine in their monobikes. Despite having a ten second head start, Hiro is taken out by Kurtz. Nevertheless, Kurtz is impressed by Hiro's raw talent, and makes him a deal: he will release the Killer Commandoes on the condition that Hiro joins the Bloodhound Squadron. Hiro grudgingly accepts his offer, and says goodbye to Miranda and his friends.


Back in Io, General Donner is visited by Sue, who requests an interview with him for the Independent Press on Earth. Once alone with him, Sue pulls a gun and threatens to kill him in order to avenge Will and all the other innocent people who have died in Donner's war. She fails to release the safety gauge, however, and is quickly disarmed and arrested.


Kurtz leads the Bloodhound Squadron in a surprise and intense strike on Io. Kurtz is disabled, but Hiro manages, through sheer pluck and skill, to corner Donner's tank and destroy it. With their leader dead, the Ishtar forces are quickly disbanded and Aphrodia is freed from their control. Kurtz and Hiro end their animosity and Kurtz gives Hiro his monobike as a sign of goodwill. While driving through the streets, Hiro encounters the recently released Sue, who's being evacuated to Earth. She thanks him for all of his help, and he tells her to come back and visit Venus again.


Following Sue's tip, Hiro makes the long trek to a refugee camp; there, he and Maggy are happily reunited. Back on Earth, Sue has given a world exclusive on the Venus Wars. She plans to spend her vacation on Venus so she can rejoin her friends.


The NES Game

Based on the movie, Venus Senki is an NES Strategy game with an innovative battle system. The story is about 8 Hound Combat Bikers fighting against the invading Ishtar Empire forces in an effort to liberate the Aphordian Capital of Io and driving Ishtar out of their homeland of Aphordia.


  Results from FactBites:
 
Venus Wars (880 words)
War from the perspective of civilians is not a new topic to anime.
In Venus Wars, we enter the midst of a civil war, and we witness a variety of folks trying to make sense of their role in it all.
Venus Wars was a small step forward in anime filmmaking for its release in 1989.
Review: Venus Wars (671 words)
Life on Venus is hard, and the people there pass the time on watching a violent sport that works like a cross between a motorbike race and football.
Finally, we have the war itself, which is both a grand spectacle and unusually realistic, complete with generals pulling strings from afar and confusing motives for those on the front.
Overall, Venus Wars is a fine piece of classic anime, with a solid plot and characters supporting impressively detailed and realistic animation.
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