, also known as Gate to Avalon, is a 2001 Polish-language science fiction drama film directed by Mamoru Oshii and written by Kazunori Itō. An international co-production of Japan and Poland, the film stars Małgorzata Foremniak as Ash, a player in an illegal virtual reality video game whose sense of reality is challenged as she attempts to unravel the true nature and purpose of the game.
In a near future, many people are addicted to Avalon, a military-themed virtual reality shooter. In the game, solo players or parties raid levels populated with AI-controlled enemies and opposing players. Winners are rewarded with experience points and in-game money, which can be exchanged for cash, allowing skilled players to make a living. As their brains interact with the game directly, Avalon places significant mental strains on players, and has rendered players catatonic in many cases.
|genre||drama science fiction|
|keywords||addict ambush arthurian legend avalon avatar bos brain–computer interface catatonic clothe concert hall experience point fly force game griefer help how to interact with the game directly kill lag level lose meet near future nine maidens nine sisters only way party permanent death question summon their avatars being killed turn virtual reality wake up warn warsaw philharmonic orchestra young girl|
|productionCompany||Bandai Visual Dentsu Media Factory Nippon Herald Films|
|publisher||A-Film Distribution Nippon Herald Films|
|theme||cyberpunk dystopian japanese science fiction drama the future|