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Devil Man - Volume 1: The Birth
Devil Man: Genesis

Japan 1987
produced by
Katsuhisa Kato for Dynamic Productions
directed by Tsutomu Iida
based on the manga by Go Nagai, music by Kenji Kawai, animation by Oh Productions

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Devil Man

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Akira is a harmless, innocent young man who hasn't got a violent bone in his body, and who even hides behind his girlfriend rather than fighting - and so it's all the more surprising when his firend Ryou shows up out of the blue to ask him to join him on a mission of utmost importance.

You see, Ryou has lost his father recently, after dad has set himself on fire. Thing is, before his death, Ryou's father has found out that demons really exist, and has allowed one to take possession of him - to a point where he almost killed his son. So whatever of the man he once was was left in him made him commit suicide, but not before telling his son to defend humankind against the demons ... and here's the problem, because to fight the demons you have to become a demon yourself, but in order to not become one of them completely, you have to be innocent, uncorrupted, harmless even - as harmless as Akira perhaps. Not surprisingly, Akira initially thinks this is all a bit of bullshit, until he and Ryou are attacked by a bunch of grotesque demons and barely make it out alive.

To become possessed, Akira and Ryou visit a nightclub where demons are known to be on the prowl, and to lure them out, Ryou starts a bloodbath - a plan that succeeds, as all the human patrons of the club do turn into demons soon, including Akira ... but Devil Man, Akira's demon alter ego, turns against the demons and brutally slashes all of them. When he's done killing, Devil Man turns into Akira again, only to find out, to his shock, that Ryou somehow got killed in the process.

 

How Devil Man has become Devil Man - now this is not essentially a bad film, but is suffers all the letdowns of your typical origins-story: It has to set up its character in too painful detail before anything can happen, introduces a few pointless supporting characters, explains everyathing away in far too great detail, and the story's ending feels more like a set-up for things to come rather than an ending for what has previously happened. Add to this that all the characters remain perffectly flat throughout, and you are left with ... well, not really a trainwreck of a movie, at least there are wonderfully grotesque creatures in here, the action scenes are handled rather excitingly, and the gore is copious and well-placed - but at the same time, this is anything but a must-see movie.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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written by
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