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X (1996)
"Ekkusu" (original title)

R  |   |  Animation, Action, Fantasy  |  3 August 1996 (Japan)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tôru Furusawa ...
Seishirô (voice)
Alan Marriott ...
Kamui Shirou (voice)
Tomokazu Seki ...
Kamui (voice)
Adam Henderson ...
Fuma Monou (voice)
Larissa Murray ...
Kotari Monou (voice)
Ken Narita ...
Fûma (voice)
Denica Fairman ...
Kanoe (voice)
Stacey Gregg ...
Hinoto (voice) (as Stacey Jefferson)
Junko Iwao ...
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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Rated R for violence/gore and some nudity | See all certifications »

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$6,672 (USA) (10 March 2000)

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$142,544 (USA) (8 September 2000)
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The ending song for the X movie is sung by a group X (also known as X-Japan). The song they sing is Forever Love, and when guitarist Hide died, Toshi, X's vocalist, sang it at his funeral. See more »

Quotes

Kanoe: These obscenities that man has created, the corruption, the pollution, all these must be annihilated, nature will reclaim its dominion, the Earth will breathe again; but first must come the apocalypse.
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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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References Blue Velvet (1986) See more »

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Forever Love
Lyrics by Yoshiki Hayashi
Music by Yoshiki Hayashi
Arranged by Yoshiki Hayashi
Performed by Yoshiki Hayashi, Toshimitsu Deyama, Hideto Matsumoto,
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I can't wait to see it again
11 May 2000 | by (san francisco, usa) – See all my reviews

BACKGROUND. I was really excited about 'X'!

In Japan, hundreds of thousands were reading the 'X' story for years before the movie came out. So everybody already knew the characters and the concerns. The movie was a map of the story, a draft of future parts, a promise to keep the manga going, and a Frankenstein monster ('It's ALIVE!').

So reading the manga and then seeing the movie is a Cultural Experience. You also see the strengths and similarities of comics and film and how they can work together.

REVIEW. I loved it. I'm into melodrama, especially CLAMP's style, with lots of dreams and visions and questions and doubts and Fate.

Some people can't figure out how to discharge their divine duty. Others find out they're divine after their Terrible Duty is Done. And the main people already know the worst of the outcome, and they know that what they do to stop it is just part of making it happen.

Most of the movie plays around with those ideas. And everybody gets scared of their future.

The technical aspects were superb and very appropriate. The movie answered questions, illuminated the manga, and had me babbling about 'X' for hours.

'X' is not for everyone. It would shock anyone not familiar with how bloody Japanese storytelling can be. It compares badly with other anime features in terms of story continuity. But as a step in a manga/anime trip, it works beautifully and it *is* beautiful.

'I'm glad I read the book first!'

Regarding the violence, this is definitely 'feminine' blood: blood that belongs to nature, not to order and brains. That can be more disturbing.

DUBBING. Once someone laughs, it's all over.


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