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Revolutionary Girl Utena (1999)
"Shôjo kakumei Utena: Adolescence mokushiroku" (original title)

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A handsome youth by the name of Tenjo Utena transfers to the distinguished Ohtori Academy. But Utena's true identity is actually a girl, who due to a certain event from her past, has ... See full summary »

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A handsome youth by the name of Tenjo Utena transfers to the distinguished Ohtori Academy. But Utena's true identity is actually a girl, who due to a certain event from her past, has decided to cross-dress in order to fulfill the highest of ambitions. But at Ohtori Academy she meets none other than her old lover, Kiryuu Touga, who wears the Mark of the Rose on his finger, which is the sign of a duellist. Because of her possessing the exact same ring, Utena is challenged by the student body vice president, Saionji Kyouichi, to a duel in the floating rose garden. The reason for this duel is none other than the acquisition of the "Rose Bride"'s body, for with it comes the "power to revolutionize the world." Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Wonderful movie...until the last fifteen minutes.
3 May 2001 | by (Tempe, AZ, USA) – See all my reviews

Several of the readers have pointed out that the last few minutes of this film are "easily misunderstood" and "underappreciated".

They fail to make notice that nowhere in the preceding hour-plus of this film is there any indication that the events occurring were supposed to lead to the final scenes. Ikuhara Kunihiko is said to have added the ending "because he felt like it" (though this is perhaps at best apocryphal). Perhaps that's not the best way of deciding how to end a film, because the result seems, at least to this viewer (and not a few others) to be disjointed, uncalled for, and an utter letdown of the integrity of the artwork.

Until then, Revolutionary Girl Utena - Adolescence Apocalypse (not Utena's Adolescence as translated here) is a simmeringly angsty, almost erotic film that is visually entrancing and unique, not unlike Angel's Egg and the Urusei Yatsura films in surreality and possibilities of interpretation. So the ending just seems that much sillier and disappointing as a result of the comparison with those other films.

Though Ikuhara may have been searching for something truly symbolic in his ending to this film, his self-indulgent ending dooms this work to only marginal importance, which is far less than this movie, or this series deserves.


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