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(1996)

Ekkusu (original title)
The story takes place in 1999, the Year of Destiny, and the beginning of the end of the world. The future of the universe rests on one young man, Kamui Shiro, who must destroy either the ... See full summary »

Director:

Rintaro

Writers:

Mami Watanabe (script), Mick Nekoi (manga) (as Clamp) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tôru Furusawa Tôru Furusawa ... Seishirô (voice)
Alan Marriott ... Kamui Shirou (voice)
Tomokazu Seki ... Kamui (voice)
Adam Henderson ... Fuma Monou (voice)
Larissa Murray ... Kotari Monou (voice)
Ken Narita Ken Narita ... Fûma (voice)
Denica Fairman Denica Fairman ... Kanoe (voice)
Stacey Gregg Stacey Gregg ... Hinoto (voice) (as Stacey Jefferson)
Junko Iwao ... Kotori (voice)
Mike Fitzpatrick Mike Fitzpatrick ... Sorata Arisugawa (voice)
David Harris David Harris ... Aoki Seiichirou (voice)
Atsuko Takahata Atsuko Takahata ... Kanoe (voice)
Rupert Degas ... Shuogo Asagi (voice)
Yûko Minaguchi ... Hinoto (voice)
Nigel Whitmey Nigel Whitmey ... Yuto Kigai (voice)
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Storyline

The story takes place in 1999, the Year of Destiny, and the beginning of the end of the world. The future of the universe rests on one young man, Kamui Shiro, who must destroy either the Dragons of Earth or the Dragons of Heaven - two opposing armies. He alone must decide whether humanity should be destroyed to create a purified universe, or whether it should be protected to preserve civilization. Two oracles, the sisters Hinoto and Kanoe foresee the coming of the Dragons and predict opposite outcomes. Each sister gathers strength and ammunition to insure her own vision for the future. However, neither sister realizes that there is one man who has an even greater power than the Dragons, and that ultimately he will determine the fate of the earth. Which sister will prevail and how does Kamui fit into their struggle? The answer to this question will forever affect humanity. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/gore and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Manga Entertainment

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

3 August 1996 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

X/1999 See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,672, 12 March 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$142,544, 10 September 2000
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Most of the locations in the film are real places in Tokyo. For complete accuracy, director Rintaro sent a team of numerous photographers around the city to try and capture pictures of all the buildings from as many angles as possible. The photography team then submitted the many rolls of film to the animation and background painting departments, which spent months illustrating the locations as close to reality as possible. Of particular note is the Tokyo Tower Observation Deck (from the end of the film) which is detailed down to the placement of individual telescopes and city maps. A brief list of the locations and where they were used follows:
  • Arkhills: A group of large office buildings, sight of the Subaru/Seishirou fight at the beginning of the film.
  • Diet Building: The center of the Japanese government (similar to the White House), Hinoto and the Dragons of Heaven are centered here.
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building: The central office of city government, and home of Konoe and the Dragons of Earth.
  • Tokyo Station: The ornate rail station, where Karen and Seiichirou face off against Shougo and Nataku.
  • Sunshine 60: One of the tallest buildings in Tokyo, this office building incorporates a zoo and is the sight of Seiichirou's second battle with Nataku.
  • Central Shinjuku: A popular neighborhood for young people, Shinjuku is the heart of Tokyo glitz and is the battleground of Kamui, Yuzuriha, and Kusanagi.
  • Ebisu Garden Place: Also in Shinjuku, this is an upscale residence/shopping district known for its spacious and beautiful plaza, and for its showdown between Sorata, Arashi, and Fuuma.
  • Tokyo Tower: Built for radio and television transmission, the Tower is considered Tokyo's quintessential landmark that offers a great view of the city and is the location of the film's climactic finale.
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Quotes

Yuzuriha Nekoi: I'm sorry. I guess I'm no good at helping with things like this. You know, I never did find anyone to love. I wish there was someone who would cry for me when I die.
[her strength fades, and her final line is heard in Kamui's mind alone]
Yuzuriha Nekoi: Kamui... promise that you'll protect the ones you love always!
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, there is a brief aerial shot of Tokyo, with everything save the Tokyo Tower in rubble as sakura blossoms flutter by. See more »

Alternate Versions

Nudity was blurred out when aired on when aired on the Sci-Fi Channel (Ani-Monday). See more »

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Forever Love
Written by Yoshiki
Performed by Yoshiki (as X Japan)
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Casual anime fans should probably look elsewhere
11 January 2001 | by redneck-6See all my reviews

This movie will probably only have deep or lasting appeal to fans of the manga series. Standing completely on its own, however, it really leaves a lot to be desired. The plot is really quite simple, but the setup is at least somewhat interesting, with the supposedly "bad" guys fighting for the future of the planet by destroying mankind and the "good" guys fighting to save mankind from the aforementioned baddies. For the most part, the main character just spends his time brooding over his "fate", occasionally displaying a burst of sympathy for an old girlfriend. This made it very hard to view him as being very human, and thus to sympathize with him or his place in the gigantic struggle taking place. Some of the incindental characters, however, showed a great deal of personality. But alas, only seemed to be introduced to die in a semi-climactic fight scene five minutes later with little to no characterization in between. The graphics are, as stated by others, top notch. The fights get fiery very quickly, and the big dollar property damage ensues as you'd expect when fates collide, but they tended to end all too quickly, with no real explanation as to why the killing blow was successful. So, if you want to see pretty pictures, or are a real die hard fan of anime for its style alone, you'll probably get enough of a kick out of this. But if you're looking for animation that will engage you on several levels and introduce you to interesting characters you'll actually get to know, steer clear. Indeed, Princess Mononoke actually touches on very similar themes in a much more engaging way.


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