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: 6.851 (scored by 2901329,013 users)
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Ranked: #48912
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Popularity: #2332
Members: 84,412
Favorites: 274

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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.

Characters & Voice Actors


Cook, Justin
Wada, Jouji
Producer, Executive Producer


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Ending Theme

"Door" by EGOIST


Feb 29, 2016
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 ...
Feb 25, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Shisha No Teikoku (The Empire of the Corpses)
By: Ryoutarou Makihara
Dated: February 26, 2019

Overall: 6

Plot: 5/10

"This one looks great, I'm going to watch it." That's the first thing I uttered when I saw this movie. It looks interesting, and magnificent. It looks like a whole new idea that comes to life. But nah, not all expectations come true and it is reaLly disappointing. I don't know if I'm just stupid not to understand what this movie is trying to say. Watching this movie, I can't count the number of times I hope that all the questions will be answered in the end. All the disturbing, ...
Mar 1, 2016
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 ...

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