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

20-seiki shônen: Honkaku kagaku bôken eiga (original title)
In 1969, Kenji, an elementary school kid and his friends built a secret base during their summer holidays. They fantasized that they had to fight villains who were out to conquer the world ... See full summary »

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Toshiaki Karasawa ...
Kenji Endô
Etsushi Toyokawa ...
Otcho
Takako Tokiwa ...
Yukiji
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Yoshitsune
Hidehiko Ishizuka ...
Maruo
Takashi Ukaji ...
Mon-chan
Hiroyuki Miyasako ...
Keroyon
Katsuhisa Namase ...
Donkey
Fumiyo Kohinata ...
Yamane
Kuranosuke Sasaki ...
Fukubê
Shirô Sano ...
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Mirai Moriyama ...
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Kanji Tsuda ...
Moroboshi
Takashi Fujii ...
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In 1969, Kenji, an elementary school kid and his friends built a secret base during their summer holidays. They fantasized that they had to fight villains who were out to conquer the world and wrote them in the Book of Prophecies. Years later in 1997, Kenji becomes a convenience store manager and leads a regular life after giving up his dreams to become a rock star. His boring life is suddenly turned upside down when his old classmate dies mysteriously and an entire family in the neighborhood disappears. At the same time, a religious cult and its mysterious leader, Friend emerges and a strange chain of events duplicating exactly the events described in the Book of Prophecies follow. Written by Noel Kardaris

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30 August 2008 (Japan)  »

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20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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JPY 632,390,462 (Japan), 31 August 2008, Limited Release
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Followed by 20th Century Boys 2: The Last Hope (2009) See more »

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Koi no kisetsu
Music by Taku Izumi
Lyrics by Tokiko Iwatani
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"Kenji-kun asobi masho"
14 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

The sheer scope or this production alone deserves an applause. Having read the 20th and 21st Century Boys first, as said by Etsushi Toyokawa in his interview "I attempted to emulate the expressions in the Manga" (some creative license with the translation). Such attention to detail again deserves yet more respect. These things aside i appreciate this trilogy more as the Japanese Matrix if it didn't become as up-itself.

I thoroughly enjoyed this series and found the conclusion to be pleasantly conclusive, though something of this magnitude is difficult to draw together, but i feel the memory-machine wrap-up was a brilliant way of concluding a magnificent series. The series was done as accurate to the manga, in many cases down to the very character type cast, as i wish Battle Royale was replicated to.

So heavily recommended i am steps away from handing it out on the street as well as bowling ball lessons, please watch.


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