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Highlander - The Search for Vengeance (Animated) (2007)

2 Ratings: 3.5
Action & Adventure movie directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri

A distant and animated sequel to the 1986Highlander, which starred Christopher Lambert as an immortal Scottish swordsman,Highlander: The Search for Vengeanceconcerns the tale of Colin MacLeod, a 2nd century, Celtic warrior who becomes immortal following … see full wiki

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Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri
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The search for a good sequel is over

  • Jun 17, 2007
Rating:
+3
Since the notorious "Highlander II: The Quickening" was released in 1991, the legions of "Highlander" fans around the world have longed for a good sequel. The producers made a second attempt with 1994's "Highlander III: The Sorcerer," the result being better than "Highlander II," but still far from a fine sequel. The most recent attempt, 2000's "Highlander: Endgame," teamed the movies' Connor MacLeod with the television series' Duncan MacLeod, but the film was too dark, too violent, and too shallow. 2007 promised two more "Highlander" sequels: the live-action "Highlander: The Source," directed by Brett Leonard, and an anime film, "Highlander: The Search for Vengeance," directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, the prolific anime director behind "Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust" and "Ninja Scroll."

It's curious that somebody didn't think to make "Highlander" as anime before, because it's a perfect match. "Highlander: The Search for Vengeance" is proof of that. The film is essentially a Japanese re-telling of the "Highlander" legend, this time revolving around Colin MacLeod (who, for those of you fed up with all these immortal MacLeods, is just adopted into the clan). He begins life in the first century A.D., preparing to lead his army of 400 against an army of 4,000 Romans led by Marcus, an evil immortal in love with the concept of Rome. Colin's one true love sedates him one night and visits Marcus to beg for Colin's life - but when she refuses to sleep with him and "murders" him instead, Marcus crucifies her and surprises Colin's sleeping army. 2,000 years later, in future post-apocalyptic New Jersey and then New York, a bitter, relentless Colin MacLeod lives for his quest for vengeance, and nothing more.

It's an interesting story, written by David Abramowitz, the man responsible for much of "Highlander" the series' greatness. It also adds a newly fantastic element to the "Highlander" saga, including horned demons, multi-headed ghouls, and a very amusing (and for Colin, obnoxious) ghost named Amergan. All this is stylishly and beautifully drawn according to Kawajiri's hard-edged vision. It's at once a bloody tale of vengeance through the ages, an explosive futuristic sci-fi actioner, and an intelligent love story of reincarnation. It's also, without question, the first good "Highlander" sequel. It's ironic that the sequel we fans have been longing for for so long has arrived in the form of an animated film, but rejoice! It has. "Highlander: The Search for Vengeance" is a great movie and an excellent sequel, and if you're a "Highlander" or anime fan, it's essential. How wonderful it feels to have the franchise's trademark line, "There can be only one," no longer apply to its films.

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