Shisha no Teikoku

The Empire of Corpses

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Synonyms: Project Itoh
Japanese: 屍者の帝国
English: The Empire of Corpses
German: Project Itoh: The Empire of Corpses
Spanish: The Empire of Corpses
French: Project Itoh: The Empire of Corpses
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2015
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Wit Studio
Source: Novel
Genre: Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 2 hr.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 6.871 (scored by 2618026,180 users)
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Ranked: #44922
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Popularity: #2074
Members: 75,408
Favorites: 238

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By the 19th century, humanity has cultivated technology enabling the reanimation of corpses. Unable to experience individual thoughts or emotions, the corpses are programmed by humans to act as laborers in various occupations.

This newfound technology, however, comes with a catch. Science may be able to restore the corpses' ability to move, yet it cannot return what every corpse loses at death: the soul. But Doctor Victor Frankenstein, who vanished shortly after his revolutionary work on corpse reanimation, is said to have revived the only corpse in possession of a soul.

In pursuit of this scientific knowledge, London medical student John Watson hopes to fulfill his promise to his late partner, Friday. After being scouted by a government agency, Watson is on a hunt to obtain Frankenstein's notes, which he believes hold the key to the secrets of the soul. During his search, Watson uncovers the harsh realities of the developing corpse technology and the price he must pay to advance his research.

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Winner of the Platinum Grand Prize during the 2016 Future Film Festival, held in Italy.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Wada, Jouji
Producer, Executive Producer
Okada, Maiko


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"Door" by EGOIST

Mar 1, 2016
Dikki_weeblitist (All reviews)
Yesterday I just watched The Empire of Corpses movie and what I got is just disappointment. Let me elaborate my statement with my review.

Story - 3/10
The story is about how Watson (Holmes's partner) discover a way of saving humanity from being zombie. The whole movie is just about his journey of his research and medication. The story itself is quite poor, as the movie itself literally is nothing but a medium to deliver deep messages to the audience. There is no story at all, aside from Watson going to save humanity with dumb and absurd way.

Premise - 6/10
The premise itself is sort of interesting, with read more
Feb 29, 2016
xFatty (All reviews)
This review is my very biased opinion. I am a huge sucker for redjuice and EGOiST and it will be apparent in the review.

Let's start with the good point(s).

Art: 10
The art and animation is amazing. Redjuice has provided the movie with some great character design followed by incredible backgrounds, animation of scenes and effects.

Story: 3
The story is hugely inspired by Frankenstein. This might be due to me not being able to understand the story, however it mostly seemed like a mediocre fanfiction which includes major characters from many classic western novels such as Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes books and more. This might be due read more
Mar 12, 2016
Liliubel (All reviews)
Story: 7/10

This story is heavily influenced by Frankenstein. The whole plot revolves around the possibility of reanimating corpses infusing them with their "souls". These corpses prove to be very useful after time and they're used for different works. Watson is hired to retrieve some notes that would help to recover the souls of the corpses, but there are some conflicting opinions. Some people think this process is awful, and some others want to take advantage of it. Watson will find himself in the middle of this situation and will have to take a decision that will affect everyone.

This story is a re-reading of Frankenstein read more
Apr 10, 2016
MadLane (All reviews)
Shisha no Teikoku (The Empire of Corpses) a movie from the Project Itoh, so this entire movie was some how confusing, I enjoyed it, but I had problems understanding part of it maybe with a re-watch in the future I will understand more, part of the reason it's hard to understand is the characters since they are from different novels/books and without reading them you may not understand some characters decisions so moving on:

Story- 6/10

On the paper, Empire of Corpses looks like the coolest thing ever. Seriously, a movie about zombies who become part of society and are used in our daily lives in a read more

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