Returner shamelessly steals pieces of just about every sci-fi blockbuster of the past 25 years, but don't let your scorn drive you from the theater right away. Stick around and admire the sheer nerve of screenwriter/director Takashi Yamazaki, who scrambles all the clichés into a watchable, if somewhat absurd, sci-fi stir fry.

Miyamoto (Takeshi Kaneshiro) is a great-looking freelance fixer whose long hair hangs just-so over one eye. He wanders Tokyo in a fabulous black leather trench coat borrowed from the Matrix costume truck and shoots those who need to be shot while searching for his life-long enemy, Mizoguchi (Goro Kisihitani), the extremely evil leader of the local branch of a Chinese triad. One night, just as Miyamoto is about to blow off Mizoguchi's head, he's interrupted when young, perky Milly (Ann Suzuki) literally drops from the sky, explaining that she's traveled back from the future in order to prevent a war with extraterrestrials that will bring about Armageddon. Hmmm.

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