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King of Thorn (movie)

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Alternative title:
Ibara no Ō (Japanese)
King of Thorn - El rey espino (Spanish)
いばらの王 (Japanese)
古城荊棘王 (Chinese (Taiwan))
Objectionable content: Significant
Plot Summary: Medusa Virus, a sickness that turns its victims to stone, begins to ravage the people of Earth. In a desperate attempt to save humanity's future, a select group are chosen for the only cure: cryogenic sleep for many years into the future. The groups are chosen and put to sleep, only to wake up early to a nightmare: freakish creatures are destroying the cryo facility that the chosen survivors have awoken in. Without knowing what these creatures are, why they are being attacked, or even the condition of mankind, the remnants of civilization must band together and fight these monsters in order to survive and escape the cryogenics facility in an attempt to discover what exactly has happened to the Earth since they entered their exclusive slumber.
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User Ratings: 639 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 45 votes (sub:37, dub:6, others:2
1 German dubbed
1 Spanish subtitled
 Excellent: 113 votes (sub:94, dub:15, others:4
2 Spanish subtitled
2 Portuguese subtitled
 Very good: 190 votes (sub:132, dub:47, ?:2, others:9
2 French dubbed
2 Spanish subtitled
1 German dubbed
1 Turkish Sub subtitled
1 Portuguese subtitled
1 Italian subtitled
1 German subtitled
 Good: 151 votes (sub:99, dub:39, ?:2, edit.dub:1, others:10
2 Spanish subtitled
2 German dubbed
2 Russian subtitled
1 Russian dubbed
1 Turkish subtitled
1 Italian dubbed
1 Chinese Mandarin subtitled
 Decent: 79 votes (sub:51, dub:16, ?:1, raw:1, others:10
4 French subtitled
3 Spanish subtitled
1 Spanish dubbed
1 Czech subtitled
1 German dubbed
 So-so: 19 votes (sub:15, dub:4)
 Not really good: 17 votes (sub:12, dub:3, ?:1, others:1
1 Portuguese subtitled
 Weak: 10 votes (sub:7, dub:2, others:1
1 Russian dubbed
 Bad: 8 votes (sub:6, dub:2)
 Awful: 5 votes (sub:2, dub:2, others:1
1 Spanish subtitled
 Worst ever: 2 votes (sub:1, dub:1)
Seen in part or in whole by 879 users, rank: #1369 (of 9604)
Median rating: Very good
Arithmetic mean: 7.405 (Good+), std. dev.: 1.7189, rank: #2174 (of 9731)
Weighted mean: 7.365 (Good+), rank: #2138 (of 9731) (seen all: 7.37 / won't finish: 2.00)
Bayesian estimate: 7.367 (Good+), rank: #1856 (of 7376)
Running time: 120 minutes
Vintage: 2009-10-09
Premiere date:
2009-10-09 (Sitges International Film Festival)
2009-11-21 (Northern Ireland, Belfast, Cinemagic)
2010-01-29 (Italy - Future Film Festival)
2010-04-11 (Belgium - Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival)
2010-05-01 (Japan)
2010-07-24 (Canada, Fantasia Film Festival)
2010-09-02 (Australia, Reel Anime)
2010-09-04 (USA Dallas, Texas Hyatt Regency Hotel AnimeFest 2010)
2010-09-12 (New Zealand)
2010-12-15 (Malaysia, TV3)
Release dates: We have 1
Ending Theme:
Official website:
King of Thorn BD+DVD (Nov 12, 2012)
News: Show:
MCM Expo Anime Licenses (May 28, 2011)
A Brief Look at TIFFCOM (Dec 17, 2010)
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Blu-ray (Region A)
    King of Thorn [Essentials] (Blu-ray) 2020-05-19 (from $13.49)
Blu-ray + DVD combo
    King of Thorn [S.A.V.E.] (BD+DVD) 2016-11-01 (from $20.98)
    King of Thorn (BD+DVD) 2012-09-18 (from $7.04)

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Kazuyoshi Katayama
Original creator: Yuji Iwahara
Character Design: Hidenori Matsubara
Art Director: Hideki Nakamura
Chief Animation Director: Naoyuki Onda
Mechanical design: Kimitoshi Yamane
Sound Director: Yota Tsuruoka
Cgi Director: Tomonari Nakajima
Director of Photography: Mitsuhiro Sato
Background Art:
Atsuko Sakakura (AIC Backgrounds Dept.)
Chieko Nakamura
Hisayoshi Takahashi (Studio Pinewood)
Junichi Taniguchi
Katsumi Akimoto (Studio Pinewood)
Kenji Kato (Studio Pinewood)
Makoto Shiraishi
Masahiro Kubota
Masaoki Ono (Studio Pinewood)
Masatoshi Kai
Masayuki Yamada (Studio Pinewood)
Mayo Kajiwara (Studio Pinewood)
Michie Watanabe (GREEN)
Ryusuke Shiino
Saori Iwatani (Studio Pinewood)
Tadashi Kudo (Studio Pinewood)
Takafumi Nishima
Takahiro Terauchi (Studio Pinewood)
Takashi Kurahashi
Takeshi Sudo
Takeshi Waki (GREEN)
Tomoko Sekiya (Studio Pinewood)
Yoshinori Hishinuma (GREEN)
Yoshio Kajiwara
Yūko Sugiyama
Color Coordination: Terumi Nakauchi
Editing: Shūichi Kakesu
Editing Assistant:
Jin Nogawa
Yoshiki Ushiroda
Akihito Odano (T2 Studio)
Akiyo Yamaura
Daisuke Okumura (GAINAX)
Eri Katō (T2 Studio)
Hidekatsu Ōishi (Anime Film)
Hiroyuki Chiba (Anime Film)
Jirō Kageyama (T2 Studio)
Jiro Tazawa (T2 Studio)
Junko Miyakawa (Telecom Animation Film)
Kanae Yuasa (GAINAX)
Keiko Sasaki (T2 Studio)
Norikazu Numata (T2 Studio)
Rumi Ishiguro (T2 Studio)
Souta Ooya (Anime Film)
Susumu Fukushi (T2 Studio)
Toyonori Yamada (GAINAX)
Tsai Po Lun (T2 Studio)
Tsubasa Yokoyama (T2 Studio)
Yasuhiro Akamatsu (GAINAX)
Yōichi Ōgami (Anime Film)
Yoshihiro Kasahara (Telecom Animation Film)
Yoshiko Kumagawa (GAINAX)
Yuji Tone (T2 Studio)
Yukihiko Ichikawa (Telecom Animation Film)
Yukiko Nagase (GAINAX)
Finish Animation:
Aiko Miyazaki (Telecom Animation Film)
Chiaki Numata (Studio Elle)
Jun Ono (Studio Elle)
Kyōko Yoshida (Telecom Animation Film)
Masumi Ootsuka (Telecom Animation Film)
Mayu Yoshida (Studio Elle)
Mika Tanba (Studio Elle)
Miki Itou (Studio Elle)
Mitsugu Takahashi (Studio Elle)
Naoko Komatsu (Studio Elle)
Risa Mimura (Studio Elle)
Sayaka Kubo (Telecom Animation Film)
Tomoko Isobe (Telecom Animation Film)
Yōko Tomaru (Studio Elle)
Yukie Imamura (Studio Elle)
Finish Check:
Aki Yoshida (Studio Elle)
Daiki Hayashi (Studio Elle)
Hiroshi Moriwaki (Studio Elle)
Kaoru Ohta (Studio Elle)
Kazumi Fujita (Studio Elle)
Kouichi Aida (Studio Elle)
Mai Kuroki (Studio Elle)
Mayu Saito
Mika Kinoshita (Studio Elle)
Noriyuki Takei (Studio Elle)
Taeko Kumagai
Teruka Tanaka (Studio Elle)
Tomoko Yamamoto (Telecom Animation Film)
Tomoyo Kobayashi (Telecom Animation Film)
Yūsuke Ōkubo (Studio Elle)
Foley Recording: Satoshi Yano
In-Between Animation:
Asuka Nomura
Ayako Takarada (Telecom Animation Film)
Chie Nishihara (Telecom Animation Film)
Chizuru Satō
Daisuke Chiba (Telecom Animation Film)
Haruki Tsuchiya
Hiromi Masuko
Ikumi Oka
Izumi Kodama
Kana Nishijima
Kana Tamiya (Telecom Animation Film)
Kaori Miyagawa (Telecom Animation Film)
Kaoruko Hirata (Telecom Animation Film)
Keiko Anno
Keiko Watanabe
Kiminori Itō
Mayumi Gakubari
Megumi Itoi (Telecom Animation Film)
Megumi Masaoka (Telecom Animation Film)
Midori Yamamoto
Miyuki Saito (Telecom Animation Film)
Natsumi Tomobe (Telecom Animation Film)
Noriko Hara (Telecom Animation Film)
Rie Ōtani (Telecom Animation Film)
Sachiyo Takada
Saori Matsumoto (Telecom Animation Film)
Setsuko Ōhashi
Taeko Watanabe
Yūko Takahashi
Yumiko Totsu
Monster Design: Kenji Andō
Production manager: Hideo Matsushita
Publicity Assistant: Kaoru Miyazaki
Recording: Masanori Tsuchiya
Sound Effects: Daisuke Jinbo
Special Effects:
Yukiko Kakita
Yumi Nomura
Storyboard Cooperation: Iwao Teraoka
Theme Song Performance: Misia
Japanese companies
Animation Production: Sunrise
Film & Digital Lab: Imagica
Music Recording Studio: Sound Inn Studios
Sound Production: Rakuonsha
English staff
English cast
ADR Director: Christopher Bevins
Script: Patrick Seitz
Translation: Clyde Mandelin
Executive producer: Gen Fukunaga
ADR Engineer: Cris George
Assistant producer: Michael Harcourt
Blu-Ray Compression:
Duncan Yan
Jacob Martin
Blu-Ray Editor: Jeremy Jimenez
Blu-Ray Menu Audio: Austin Black
Blu-Ray Menu Design: Enrique Echavarria
Blu-Ray Producer: Clarine Harp
DVD Compression:
Duncan Yan
Jacob Martin
DVD Editing: Jeremy Jimenez
DVD Menu Audio: Gino Palencia
DVD Menu Design: Cate Ferman
DVD Producer: Clarine Harp
Head Writer: John Burgmeier
Lead Video Engineer: Sarah Mueller
Line Producer: Zach Bolton
Mix Engineer: Neal Malley
Post-Production Assistant: Aya Spann
Production Supervision: Susie Nixon
Senior Video Editor:
Daniel Mancilla
Jeremy Jimenez
Talent Coordination: Tara A. Williams
Video Post-Production Director: Brandon Tyler
English companies
Madman Entertainment (Australia)
Manga Entertainment
Internet Streaming:
Crunchyroll (2017)
FUNimation Entertainment
French cast
French staff
ADR Director: Jacques Albaret
Translation: Yukio Reuter

Recording & Mixing: Aurélien Ghalaimia
Spotting: Michael Seguin (KAZÉ)
Nathalie Bienaime as Kasumi Ishiki

Gabrielle Jeru as Shizuku Ishiki
Marie Diot as Katherine Turner
Renaud Heine as Marco Owen
Suzanne Sindberg as Timothy Laisenbach

Antoine Tome as Ivan Coral Vega
Cédric Barbereau as Walter
Jacques Albaret as Alexandro Pecchino
Jochen Haegele as Ron Portman
Rémi Caillebot as Peter Stevens

French companies
Distributor: KAZÉ
Recording & Mixing: Les studios de Saint Maur
Spanish staff
Spanish cast
ADR Director: Carlos Nogueras (Spain dub)
Executive producer: Jorge Gabarró Frau (Selecta Visión)
Carmen Ambrós as Kasumi Ishiki (Spain dub)

Alfonso Vallés as Ron Portman (Spain dub)
Angel de Gracia as Marco Owen (Spain dub)
Ariadna Giménez as Timothy Laisenbach (Spain dub)
Carmen Ambrós as Shizuku Ishiki (Spain dub)
Carmen Calvell as Katherine Turner (Spain dub)
Daniel Albiac as Peter Stevens (Spain dub)
Domenech Farell as Alessandro Peccino (Spain dub)
Santi Lorenz as Ivan Coral Vega (Spain dub)

David Jenner as Walter (Spain dub)
Marta Barbará as
Alice (Spain dub)
Laura Owen (Spain dub)

Ana Valeiras (Spain dub)
Assumpta Massutí (Spain dub)
Carmen Ambrós (Spain dub)
Cesc Martínez (Spain dub)
Domenech Farell (Spain dub)
J. Ignacio Latorre (Spain dub)
Javier Roldán (Spain dub)
Jordi Nogueras (Spain dub)
Josep Maria Mas (Spain dub)
Maria Rosa Guillén (Spain dub)
Marta Barbará (Spain dub)
Violeta Bibiloni (Spain dub)
Xadi Mouslemeni Mateu (Spain dub)
Spanish companies
Canal UCR (subtitled)
Canal+ Xtra (Spain)
Dark (Spain)
Dubbing Studio:
Takemaker (Spain dub)
Takesound Studios (Spain dub)
Internet Streaming: Rakuten TV (Spain)
Licensed by: Selecta Visión (Spain)
Italian staff
Italian cast
Angela Ricciardi as Katherine Turner
Emanuela Pacotto as Kasumi Ishiki
Gea Riva as Shizuko Ishiki
Gianluca Iacono as Marc Owen
Loretta Di Pisa as Alice

Natale Ciravolo as Ivan Coral Vega
Italian companies
Distributor: KAZÉ
German staff
German cast
Daniela Reidies as Shizuku Ishiki
Diana Borgwardt as Katherine Turner
Soraya Richter as Kasumi Ishiki

Michael Bauer as Peter Stevens
Nicole Hannak as Laura Owen
Peter Groeger as Alexandro Pecchino
Tilo Schmitz as Ron Portman
German companies
Chinese (Taiwan) staff
Chinese (Taiwan) companies
Chinese (Taiwan) cast

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