King of Thorn (2009) – 7/10 science fiction horror anime movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Kazuyoshi Katayama
Writer (Screenplay): Kazuyoshi Katayama
Writer (Screenplay): Hiroshi Yamaguchi
Writer: Akiko Yajima
Kana Hanazawa: Kasumi Ishiki
Toshiyuki Morikawa: Marco Owen
Akiko Yajima: Tim

King of Thorn (2009)

Medusa, an incurable disease that turns its victims to stone after a month or two, is sweeping the world. After a while, pharmaceutical giant Venus Gate Corporation announces that is has developed suspended animation modules that can keep the disease at bay until such a time as a cure is found. Kasumi Ishiki has won a single ticket from the lottery held for the 160 places available but is devastated that her twin sister Shizuku, who also has the disease, cannot get in. When she awakes from her suspended animation module, Kasumi awakes to find the facility massively overgrown with giant thorns and horrible monsters: just how long has she been asleep?


Spectacular, superbly animated, relentlessly paced monster movie with a slightly baffling but intriguing meta-physical climax. As a suspenseful chase movie it grabs hold and doesn’t let go; as a existential sci-fi, it just about presents the explanation in a manner you can understand (so better than most Japanese animations, then) but it still comes across as somewhat obtuse and requires post-movie consideration to see that the makers probably did know what they were doing.

This movie contains suicide themes and extremely gory violence, unpleasant and extremely gory scenes and non-sexual nudity.

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