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20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End (2008)

20-seiki shônen: Honkaku kagaku bôken eiga (original title)
Based on the hugely successful, award winning manga series created by Naoki Urasawa (Yawara; Monster)... See full synopsis »

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Toshiaki Karasawa ...
Kenji Endô
Etsushi Toyokawa ...
Otcho
Takako Tokiwa ...
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Hidehiko Ishizuka ...
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Takashi Ukaji ...
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Hiroyuki Miyasako ...
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Kuranosuke Sasaki ...
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Shirô Sano ...
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Based on the hugely successful, award winning manga series created by Naoki Urasawa (Yawara; Monster)... See full synopsis »

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20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End  »

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Followed by 20th Century Boys 3: Redemption (2009) See more »

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Ai Rock Yû
Music by Ryomei Shirai
Lyrics by Naoki Urasawa
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"Friends say it's fine, friends say it's good..."
25 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Could 20th Century Boys be the Japanese Watchmen? Like in the case of Alan Moore's masterpiece, Urasawa's sprawling story covers the cultural myths and obsessions of the past century: from the nuclear catastrophe following the war to the western cultural influences, conformism and totalitarian tendencies, the demilitarized, defenseless Japan, the economic boom of the sixties . Even a touch of mecha and the pervasiveness of media in society.

Judging the movie, however, can be more difficult: its competently shot and acted, but like most transpositions, it makes its manga origin very clear, which can be appalling for the manga-illiterate in the audience, which at the projections I was sighed, left early or giggled in all the wrong places. Sound editing was awful, but it might be a result of the copy I saw.

Where the film could use some help is in the editing. Fans will appreciate the attempt to be faithful to the original source, but movies simply work in a different way: act II is too long, and the final climax and resolution is reduced to a few choppy scenes. It might definitely look better when parts 2 and 3 are released.


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