An evil force from a 1000 years in the future begins to destroy an idyllic paradise, where the citizens are in perfect harmony with nature.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre-Marie Escourrou ...
Sylvain (voice)
Catherine Chevallier ...
Airelle (voice)
Georges Wilson ...
Métamorphe (voice)
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Ambisextra (voice)
Jean-Pierre Ducos ...
Blaminhor (voice)
Christine Paris ...
Porte-parole (voice)
Zaira Benbabis ...
Claude Degliame ...
Olivier Cruveiller ...
Homme-métal (voice)
Jean-Pierre Jorris ...
Transformés (voice)
Dominique Maurin ...
Transformés (voice) (as Dominique Maurin-Collignon)
Jean-Jacques Scheffer ...
Transformés (voice)
Jean Saudray ...
Transformés (voice)
Frédéric Witta ...
Transformés (voice)
Philippe Noël ...
Transformés (voice)
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Gandahar is a utopian world of rare beauty and tranquility, the result of extensive mutation and genetic experimentation. But the perfect peace is shattered when a mysterious evil force invades this idyllic serenity, turning people into stone with petrifying rays. The Council of Women hold court and decide to send Sylvain, son of Queen Ambisextra, on a mission to destroy the enemy. Together with the beautiful and adventurous Arielle, the enemy that Sylvain eventually discovers very far from his home is the ultimate failure of Gandaharian scientific experimentation. It is a giant brain known as the Metamorphis, which has created an indestructible army of metal men to destroy Gandahar. Sylvain must battle the Metamorphis, but not until 1000 years in the future. Written by Morpheus

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2 March 1988 (France)  »

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Light Years  »

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$370,698 (USA)
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Issac Asimov wrote the English translation for the English version of the film. See more »

Quotes

Homme-métal: Men of metal: Our mission is a success, our losses do not matter. Those metal men who were destroyed have served a worthy cause, we need not mourne them. Death has meaning only for contemptible beings; beings in love with the individual self. The "I" does not exist.
Men of Metal: I do not exist.
Homme-métal: The true "I" is we. It is we. It is we!
Men of Metal: The true "I" is we. It is we. It is we.
Homme-métal: And we are he. He, the great beginning. Master of our energy and soon master of the world. We are destroying the decadent Gandahar, ...
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Original, but really outdated
11 September 2004 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

Well, I have to admit that I hunted this particular movie for 10 years. I've seen it for the first time when I was in my early teens (12 or 13, not sure), and I was really impressed by the animation and the plot. Besides, I didn't have a chance to see a lot of sci-fi movies (let alone animated movies) back then.

Now, that I've been able to see it again, I find it really outdated (or "old-skul") - pretty much, it felt like Kubrick's "Space Odissey" animated, only that "Gandahar" came out in late 80es, when "Akira" set a new industry standard. The plot is more or less predictable, the sci-fi backgrounds looked like something from mid-70es, and the battle scenes are even worse than those of cheap Japanimation TV series.

Despite all the bad things above, this movie got a touch of a master. First, I have to admit that movement animation feels highly original (I can't think of anything similar) and is done with a lot of skill. Second, the voices (in French) are much better than anything I've heard. Finally, I find character design very good.

To sum up, I don't think that this is quite the right movie to see "just for fun", but for those who are interested in animation it is definitely a must.


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