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

20-seiki shônen: Honkaku kagaku bôken eiga (original title)
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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Yukihiko Tsutsumi

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Yasushi Fukuda (screenplay), Takashi Nagasaki (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshiaki Karasawa Toshiaki Karasawa ... Kenji Endô
Etsushi Toyokawa ... Otcho
Takako Tokiwa Takako Tokiwa ... Yukiji
Teruyuki Kagawa ... Yoshitsune
Hidehiko Ishizuka Hidehiko Ishizuka ... Maruo
Takashi Ukaji ... Mon-chan
Hiroyuki Miyasako Hiroyuki Miyasako ... Keroyon
Katsuhisa Namase ... Donkey
Fumiyo Kohinata ... Yamane
Kuranosuke Sasaki ... Fukubê
Shirô Sano ... Yan-bô / Mâ-bô
Mirai Moriyama Mirai Moriyama ... Comic Artist
Kanji Tsuda Kanji Tsuda ... Moroboshi
Takashi Fujii ... Friendship Party Promotor
Hanako Yamada Hanako Yamada ... Friendship Party Promotor
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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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Followed by 20th Century Boys 2: The Last Hope (2009) See more »

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20th Century Boy
Written by Marc Bolan
Performed by T. Rex
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Big Time Fun!
12 June 2010 | by wildsidecinemaSee all my reviews

20th Century Boys has more twists and turns than you can count and it pulls no punches when it comes to waving "Bye-bye-bye" to main characters. Unfortunately, in my opinion, that was one of this film's drawbacks, the characters. There was at least a dozen characters to keep track of and it becomes a bit daunting figuring out which friend is which and who is who. It wasn't physics or anything but careful attention to the film will be required.

Outside of that, 20th Century Boys was thrilling and the production design fantastic, my 11-year-old loved it and I was thoroughly entertained. Decent dialog? Check. Meaningful character arcs? Check. Heartwarming moments? Check.

After having the privilege of watching the first and second films in this series, I'd say I'm a fan of the 20th Century Boys series and I'm undoubtedly looking forward to the third installment slated for fall. This first installment can indeed be a slippery beast if you don't pay attention but if attention span isn't a problem for you and a bevy of "Who the hell was that again?" characters don't bother you, you're in for some major entertainment! I honestly couldn't find anything that I didn't like about this film, really. Sure there were quite a few "childhood flashbacks" but they're necessary so suck it up, plug it in and have a ball! Hopefully when this hits the states it's not trimmed down by an hour for the ADHD crowd.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Thai | English

Release Date:

30 August 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,231,562
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1.85 : 1
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