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Pokémon the Movie 2000 (1999)

Gekijô-ban poketto monsutâ: Maboroshi no pokemon: Rugia bakutan (original title)
Ash Ketchum must gather the three spheres of fire, ice and lightning in order to restore balance to the Orange Islands.


Satoshi Tajiri (original concept), Takeshi Shudo (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Rica Matsumoto ... Satoshi (voice)
Madeleine Blaustein ... Meowth (voice) (as Addie Blaustein)
Mayumi Izuka ... Kasumi (voice) (as Mayumi Iizuka)
Tomokazu Seki ... Kenji (voice)
Megumi Hayashibara ... Musashi (voice)
Ikue Ôtani ... Pikachu (voice)
Amy Birnbaum ... Melody (voice)
Shin'ichirô Miki ... Kojiro / Lizardon (voice)
Inuko Inuyama ... Nyarth (voice)
Satomi Kôrogi ... Togepi (voice)
Tara Sands ... Maren / Bulbasaur (voice) (as Tara Jayne)
Unshô Ishizuka ... Dr. Okido (voice)
Stuart Zagnit ... Prof. Samuel Oak (voice) (as Stan Hart)
Neil Stewart ... The Collector (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Rugia (voice)


An evil genius in a flying fortress is trying to kidnap the birds of the fire, ice, and lightning islands in hopes of luring the sea power, Lugia, and controlling the world. Ash and his friends, in the process of carrying out an island tradition that requires visiting those three islands, discover the plot and try to stop it. Even the comic villains, Team Rocket, turn good and help out in the end against the threat of world destruction. And Pokemon assemble from all around the world in case they can be of help (but they end up helping only the merchandising). Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Did You Know?


The first dub version of this movie was released theatrically in 2000 and on VHS and DVD later the same year. See more »


During the scene where Ash and Team Rocket are riding in the Air Boat to Ice Island through the tunnels, Jessie's characteristic pink hair changes to deep purple when they emerge from the tunnel into the small area with the third treasure. When they escape, and Team Rocket jumps onto Lugia's side Jessie's hair is pink again, and her purple hair is never explained. Frozen, perhaps? See more »


[English Version]
Melody: So, you're a Pokémon trainer, huh? I guess he'll do. Here's your traditional welcome kiss.
[Melody kisses Ash]
Melody: Are you his little sister?
Misty: I am not.
Melody: Well, then I guess you must be, his girlfriend.
Misty: Ugh, gross.
Melody: Oh, I don't think so. I'll be glad to play for him tonight at the legend banquet. Starts around eight. Oh, and Misty. Try not to get jealous.
[Japanese Version]
Flula: You're a Pokémon Trainer? Oh, well. Customs, customs. Welcome.
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Crazy Credits

In pre-2016 releases, the movie shows the title "Pokemon The Movie 2000" between the studio logos and "Pikachu's Rescue Adventure," while the main feature shows an alternate title, "Pokemon: The Power of One." See more »

Alternate Versions

The entire musical score for this film was replaced from its original Japanese version, including Lugia's musical 'cry', and the original song that played during the ending-credits of the film which was sung in Japanese. See more »


Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »


by Rica Matsumoto
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User Reviews

The best of the Pokemon movies; fans will love it, others should give it a try
25 May 2008 | by Dragoneyed363See all my reviews

For some, the Pokemon franchise is an immense joke. The movies, the show, the cards and games are just complete tripe. For others, it's a religion. While I lean towards neither one, I have indeed liked all the main films (Pokemon 1-4) and find them all very enjoyable kids films. This one surpasses the other three by a milestone, however. Not only is this movie a good Pokemon movie or a nice kids film, it's just a very great and fun film over all, in my sincerest opinion.

First of all, the story is quite honestly beautiful to boot. I know that might not bide with some, but truly, the whole idea of the legendary Pokemons Articuno, Moltres, Zapdos and Lugia creating a mass destruction that of course our one and only "chosen one" Ash can stop and how all the characters interact with the story is amazing. There are eye-catching action scenes as well as gorgeous animation settings, the best being the scenes near the climax at the three legendary bird islands and the ocean waters that Lugia resides in. It's all very breathtaking, regardless of whether you like the movie or not.

While all these films are extremely childish in terms of dialogue, what more could you expect? It does the job it's supposed to and does it well. Even the villain is sinister enough to get by and makes you feel empathy for the Pokemon he sets out to conquer. The score of Lugia's song is also a very soothing and wonderful score that overpowers even the whole film; simply beautiful. In any matter, the movie entertains. I like all of the settings mostly; The islands are all unique in their own way and stand out. The villain's blimp is elegant, and the new characters in this film besides the main Ash, Brock and Misty are all very fun; the most fun of all supporting characters in the movies.

Basically, if you liked the first, the rest contain exactly all the other attributes except they all vary in terms of professional tact. Like I have stated, this one takes all the characteristics of the Pokemon series to the highest they can go, and I am not ashamed to admit how much I enjoy this film, and have watched it more than once willingly. This movie shows what faith and determination can accomplish; all the films do, and I am proud to own this on old-timey cassette, and won't stutter to say I put it in, lay back, and let myself go from time to time.

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Release Date:

21 July 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pokemon: Power of One See more »

Filming Locations:

Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,575,608, 23 July 2000

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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