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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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disease | orphan | fight | brother | flashback | See more »

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Is it for the children, for a memory, or for himself? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

Final fantasy VII - El rescate  »

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Trivia

Cloud uses five noticeable limit breaks from the original video game. He uses Blade Beam when he is fighting Loz and Yazoo at the Forgotten City. Then he uses Braver when he is fighting Bahamut Sin. He uses Climhazzard to defeat Bahamut Sin. He uses Omnislash to defeat Sephiroth, which is also the attack he uses to defeat Sephiroth in the game. The fifth technique he uses is Finishing Touch, which is used on Kadaj. See more »

Goofs

In the original version, when Sephiroth beats down Cloud, Cloud is resting against a wall. Just before Sephiroth stabs him, notice Cloud's ear and turtle neck. His turtle neck goes through his ear. 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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Not fantastic.
28 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie feels like an incredibly beautiful video game cinematic the entire time. 20 minutes to half an hour would have been a good length.

As a showcase for the state of the art, and as a Final Fantasy ad, it does well; As a movie, it is poorly thought out. The dubbing wasn't very good, so perhaps I'd have liked it a bit more had I seen the subtitled version. I'll continue to say how I think this falls short as a movie, since thats how it bills itself, but know that I more consider this a show-offy cinematic short on steroids.

Advent Children's plot feels clipped, not really a fullblown movie plot. Nearly nothing happens, several big fights and minimal plot development, just enough to get to the next storyboard section. For a 'movie' little to no effort is given to develop any of the characters. The plot itself appears as a neat thought-experiment in potential FF7 aftermath, but ends up being rather vague and simplistic, with similarly abstract closure at the finale.

Of particular note was the music and sound. While the compositions were nice, music was literally like the video games. Fight music was loud and shot up right when a battle started, fanservice was done with an 'FF Victory Song' phone ring. Sound effects felt over-emphasised, and when the music wasn't jarring me the sound effects the ambient/environmental sounds lacked realism or were altogether missing, leaving awkward silent moments. (Which usually ramped quickly into Fighting music.) I think this movie would have sat MUCH better with me had the sound been better produced.

This is NOT a good movie. But, as I said, the eyecandy is marvellous and the fight scenes are grand. That is what this movie is about, so enjoy it - for what it should be taken as, a movie length short, or even more, a really long game cinematic, designed to get oohs and ahhs and appeal to FF fans.


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