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Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005)
"Fainaru Fantajî Sebun Adobento Chirudoren" (original title)

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An ex-mercenary is forced out of isolation when three mysterious men kidnap and brainwash the city's children afflicted with the Geostigma disease.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Takahiro Sakurai ...
Cloud Strife (voice)
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Tifa Lockhart (voice)
Shotaro Morikubo ...
Kadaj (voice) (as Shoutarou Morikubo)
Maaya Sakamoto ...
Keiji Fujiwara ...
Reno (voice)
Taiten Kusunoki ...
Rude (voice)
Yûji Kishi ...
Yazoo (voice) (as Yuuji Kishi)
Kenji Nomura ...
Loz (voice)
Shôgo Suzuki ...
Vincent Valentine (voice) (as Shougo Suzuki)
Masahiro Kobayashi ...
Barret Wallace (voice)
Kazuyuki Yama ...
Cid Highwind (voice) (as Kazuyuki Yamaji)
Yumi Kakazu ...
Yuffie Kisaragi (voice)
Hideo Ishikawa ...
Cait Sith (voice)
Masachika Ichimura ...
Red XIII / Nanaki (voice)
Miyuu Tsuzuhara ...
Marlene Wallace (voice)
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Storyline

Two years after the events in "Final Fantasy VII", a disease called 'Seikon-Shoukougun', or 'Geostigma', is spreading through the planet. This disease is believed to have been caused by the body fighting off foreign material that invaded the body two years earlier, at the end of "Final Fantasy VII". Guilt-ridden and haunted by his past, ex-SOLDIER Cloud Strife has decided to live a secluded, solitary life away from his friends while maintaining "Strife's Delivery Service", whose headquarters is located in Tifa Lockheart's bar, the Seventh Heaven. Tifa's bar serves as an orphanage for children stricken with Geostigma. Here, Tifa keeps an eye on Barret's six-year-old daughter, Marlene, while Barret searches the planet for an alternative energy source to the Planet's energy, Mako. One day, Cloud receives a phone call from the former Shinra, Inc. president, Rufus, asking him for protection from a mysterious man named Kadaj. Kadaj, in the meantime, along with his brothers Loz and Yazoo, ... Written by Andrea

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action violence | See all certifications »

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14 September 2005 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Fainaru Fantajî Sebun Adobento Chirudoren  »

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Trivia

Sephiroth's sword is called the "Masamune". See more »

Goofs

After everybody has gathered to fight Bahumut Sin, they are all on or near the ground. This is followed by a short scene lasting no more than a minute. Cloud then proceeds to jump up the tower, aided along the way by his companions, all of whom were stood around him on the ground only seconds previously. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Elena: Tseng! Look at this.
Tseng: Pay dirt.
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Crazy Credits

For the first half of the credits, the credits are formed by a bunch of letters joining together. In the second half of the credits, when the video comes on, the credits spiral upwards towards the screen in English with the Japanese credits moving sideways besides the English credits. See more »

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Followed by Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (2006) See more »

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Exactly what I hoped for.
13 September 2005 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Now after watching The Advent Children twice, the storyline isn't as shallow as majority has criticized it to be in my opinion. If you haven't played FFVII or disliked it for whatever reason, this movie is most likely not for you. Being familiar to the original story is a prerequisite to understanding AC fully, otherwise you will just see the greatest CG animation in your life so far.

Without actually spoiling the storyline, I must admit that after seeing AC we have been putting pieces together with my friends relying on our knowledge of FFVII. Seeing it second time allowed to actually pay attention to the story more and most of the questions we may have had were answered. Some were not. AC is clearly for FFVII players/fans and doesn't honestly try to be anything else. There is little to none realism in it outside FFVII world which serves the purpose. Music is mostly reconstructed FFVII themes with a heavier touch (TBM team according to end credits) and works well with the eye candy without exceptions. I found the music enhancing the experience added to the visual fireworks in all situations.

We all know you can't put a FFVII in 1.5 hours and keeping that in mind the storyline actually offered more to me than I expected. There are two issues at hand in FFVII : AC and both stories were wrapped up very smoothly between the action sequences. And trust me when I say there's a lot of it. Action that is.

I'm changing my vote from 9 to 10 after watching it the second time because I had missed a few explanatory sequences I couldn't put together the first time that provided some answers. As a warning, it's going to be easy to disregard the story and concentrate on graphics, but try not to judge the Adevent Children because of that. If you don't let the story in, it's no wonder it seems sloppy.

I'm not going to praise the graphics because I assume we all know they are awesome, which might be an understatement. Especially characters talk so much more with their facial expressions than ever before. I hope you pay attention to the storyline for it actually makes sense and works well with the whole. Get ready for the ride of your life, there are no breaks.


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