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(1996)

Ekkusu (original title)
The story takes place in 1999, the Year of Destiny, and the beginning of the end of the world. The future of the universe rests on one young man, Kamui Shiro, who must destroy either the ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tôru Furusawa ...
Seishirô (voice)
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Kamui Shirou (voice)
Tomokazu Seki ...
Kamui (voice)
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Fuma Monou (voice)
Larissa Murray ...
Kotari Monou (voice)
Ken Narita ...
Fûma (voice)
Denica Fairman ...
Kanoe (voice)
Stacey Gregg ...
Hinoto (voice) (as Stacey Jefferson)
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Kotori (voice)
Mike Fitzpatrick ...
David Harris ...
Aoki Seiichirou (voice)
Atsuko Takahata ...
Kanoe (voice)
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Shuogo Asagi (voice)
Yûko Minaguchi ...
Hinoto (voice)
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Yuto Kigai (voice)
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The story takes place in 1999, the Year of Destiny, and the beginning of the end of the world. The future of the universe rests on one young man, Kamui Shiro, who must destroy either the Dragons of Earth or the Dragons of Heaven - two opposing armies. He alone must decide whether humanity should be destroyed to create a purified universe, or whether it should be protected to preserve civilization. Two oracles, the sisters Hinoto and Kanoe foresee the coming of the Dragons and predict opposite outcomes. Each sister gathers strength and ammunition to insure her own vision for the future. However, neither sister realizes that there is one man who has an even greater power than the Dragons, and that ultimately he will determine the fate of the earth. Which sister will prevail and how does Kamui fit into their struggle? The answer to this question will forever affect humanity. Written by Anonymous

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dragon | future | fate | power | 1999 | See All (130) »


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Rated R for violence/gore and some nudity | See all certifications »

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3 August 1996 (Japan)  »

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The film takes place in 1999. See more »

Quotes

Seiichirô Aoki: Don't you realize that this battle is meaningless? What do you Dragons of Earth hope to achieve?
Nakatsu: It is not the Earth we wish to destroy. It is mankind. Men kill, they hate, and they devastate this planet. What reason, then, must they exist? What the Earth needs now is tranquility.
Seiichirô Aoki: Perhaps you are right. But there are people who I need to protect! For them, and for those people who have died fighting for this Earth, I am unable to let you live!
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, there is a brief aerial shot of Tokyo, with everything save the Tokyo Tower in rubble as sakura blossoms flutter by. See more »

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Referenced in Tsubasa: Tokyo Revelations (2007) See more »

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Forever Love
Lyrics by Yoshiki
Music by Yoshiki
Arranged by Yoshiki
Performed by Yoshiki, Toshimitsu Deyama, Hideto Matsumoto,
Tomoaki Ishizuka, and Hiroshi Morie (as X Japan)
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X's Potential As A Film Remains Unrealised
29 June 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

When you find yourself skipping through large segments of a film just to arrive at something vaguely interesting, you know it doesn't have the longevity you want it to. X is decidedly niche which I believe to be a positive, but in its attempts to constrict a manga series down into the constraints of a mere ninety minutes, you know you're not going to create the desired effect, and you're more than likely going to end up with an equivalent to Evangelion Death&Rebirth without the extra something which makes you not skip forward large chunks.

I will state (and prepare for the negative backlash) that I have not seen, but would very much like to, the accompanying mangas and series, because there is something about X that lurks in the background amidst all the faults that is desperately trying to get out, and desperately trying to impress itself upon you as the viewer, but just doesn't quite make it. But is that enough? Given that the directors new of these time constraints, could they not have created a film which did not cater to those like myself that hadn't known anything about it, and just plunged you straight into the world? Too much time in X is wasted on idle dialogue which is disguised as plot development but is as tedious as reading an instruction manual on how to work your DVD player. Yes the explanation of the dragons (I will come to this shortly) is necessary but in the films opening five minutes two characters wage an all out mystical battle and eventually both fall. Now during this sequence they have unnecessary banter, I know this can be common place in manga but if you wish to produce a slick opening, trying to set these characters up as long time enemies who we should feel a connection for (because many reviewers have claimed theirs to be an epic rivalry) only to have them killed two seconds later is madness. There is no logic behind it. This leads me to think that perhaps this was a film specifically designed for those which have a great knowledge over the "X" saga, but I would have thought the directors would wish to be inclusive rather than exclusive (I refrained from using the inane 'X' pun).

There are positives however, one being the creepy Gothic animation which apart from being utterly unique in my experience lends itself to a creation of a sinister and severely dark overtone inevitably benefiting the film.The notion of the opposing forces of "good" and "different good" (I hesitate from saying 'evil') using the connotations of dragons, i.e. the good are the dragons of heaven who wish the world to continue seeing as it was "He" from Heaven that put them there versus the dragons of the earth who wish Mother Earth to regain her rule, is clever and again is unique. The means by which the dragons of heaven defend the planet through the usage of "shields" and the construct in which they work is also an absorbing premise as these sequences provide the high points but, unfortunately, it's not enough.

The trouble with films like X is the content they must squeeze into a shorter time span, it therefore is inevitable that chances are it will not succeed at being able to tell its story fully (try compressing Broken Saints into 90 minutes), and here is the issue. I'm privy to that the directors wanted to create this film regardless, but they needed to make a choice, either completely forgo the notion of trying to be exclusive and create a film entirely for fans of the saga disregarding all outsiders thereby pleasing the contingency of fans that have done the hard work, or the alternative. The second choice is that the directors must create a film which explains everything to everyone and be completely inclusive, they must lay the construct of their world bare on the table and let people try and come to comprehend their universe; and unfortunately they did a little of both, to no great success. I wanted this film to give me more, and if I now want it to I have to put in the hard work which after having viewed the film I don't particularly want to do, and to do it this way around isn't as much fun either. No puns about missing the mark, X not being where the treasure is or 'wordplay' about the film being Xtremely disappointing, it's simply a shame.


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