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

  • Rate: 6.7/10 total 1,274 votes 
  • Genre: Adventure | Fantasy | Mystery | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 30 August 2008 (Japan)
  • Runtime: 142 min
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20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End (2008)

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  • IMDb page: 20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End (2008)
  • Rate: 6.7/10 total 1,274 votes 
  • Genre: Adventure | Fantasy | Mystery | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 30 August 2008 (Japan)
  • Runtime: 142 min
  • Filming Location: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Budget: $20,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: ¥632,390,462(Japan)(31 August 2008)i>
  • Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi
  • Stars: Toshiaki Karasawa, Etsushi Toyokawa and Takako Tokiwa
  • Original Music By: Ryomei Shirai   
  • Soundtrack: Ai Rock Yû
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: 2010s | London England | 21st Century | Haneda Airport | Childhood

Writing Credits By:

  • Yasushi Fukuda (screenplay) and
  • Takashi Nagasaki (screenplay) and
  • Naoki Urasawa (screenplay) and
  • Yûsuke Watanabe (screenplay)
  • Naoki Urasawa  manga series "20-seiki shônen"

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    Plot: Full synopsis »

    Story: Based on the hugely successful, award winning manga series created by Naoki Urasawa (Yawara; Monster)… See full synopsis »

    Synopsis

    Synopsis: Based on the hugely successful, award winning manga series created by Naoki Urasawa (Yawara; Monster), 20TH CENTURY BOYS is the first instalment of the mind-blowing, three-part live-action adaptation of the epic sci-fi fantasy adventure originally inspired by the T. Rex song 20th Century Boy

    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 neighbourhood 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. Is this the beginning of the end of the world? Who is Friend? (Official UK synopsis for Theatrical and DVD release; used with permission of UK license holder 4Digital Asia)

     

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Morio Amagi known as producer
    • Xaypani Baccam known as producer
    • Ryûji Ichiyama known as producer
    • Nobuyuki Iinuma known as producer
    • Kiyoshi Inoue known as line producer
    • Futoshi Ohira known as co-producer
    • Seiji Okuda known as executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Toshiaki Karasawa known as Kenji Endô
    • Etsushi Toyokawa known as Otcho
    • Takako Tokiwa known as Yukiji
    • Teruyuki Kagawa known as Yoshitsune
    • Hidehiko Ishizuka known as Maruo
    • Takashi Ukaji known as Mon-chan
    • Hiroyuki Miyasako known as Keroyon
    • Katsuhisa Namase known as Donkey
    • Fumiyo Kohinata known as Yamane
    • Kuranosuke Sasaki known as Fukubê
    • Shirô Sano known as Yan-bô / Mâ-bô
    • Mirai Moriyama known as Comic Artist
    • Kanji Tsuda known as Moroboshi
    • Takashi Fujii known as Friendship Party Promotor
    • Hanako Yamada known as Friendship Party Promotor
    • Arata known as Masao Tamura
    • Nana Katase known as Mika Shikishima
    • Chizuru Ikewaki known as Convenience Store Clerk
    • Airi Taira known as Kanna Endô
    • Taka and Toshi known as Shikishima's Students
    • Takahiro Suzuki known as Shikishima's Student
    • Toshikazu Miura known as Shikishima's Student
    • Orientaru Rajio known as Men on a Scooter
    • Atsuhiko Nakata known as Man on a Scooter
    • Shingo Fujimori known as Man on a Scooter
    • Fumiya Fujii known as Masato Ikegami
    • Mitsuhiro Oikawa known as Rock Singer
    • Tomiko Ishii known as Kenji's Mother
    • Naoto Takenaka known as Pierre Ichimonji
    • Ken Mitsuishi known as Yama-san
    • Tamotsu Ishibashi known as Kenji's Classmate
    • Yu Tokui known as Convenience Store Boss (as Yû Tokui)
    • Masato Irie known as Kenji's Classmate
    • Miyako Takeuchi known as Yukiji's Friend
    • Yoriko Dôguchi known as Donkey's Wife
    • Ken'ichi Endô known as Bloody Man
    • Toshikazu Fukawa known as Nobuo
    • Bengaru known as President of Orikô Company
    • Taijirô Tamura known as Chû-san
    • Akio Yokoyama known as Hama-san
    • Mansaku Fuwa known as Hê-chan
    • Naitomea known as Rock Band
    • Ken Tanaka known as Jiji
    • Naoko Ken known as Baba
    • Raita Ryû known as Chô-san
    • Kazuko Yoshiyuki known as Moroboshi's Mother
    • Jun Nishiyama known as Young Kenji
    • Ryusei Sawahata known as Young Otcho (as Ryûsei Sawahata)
    • Tamaki Matsumoto known as Young Yukiji
    • Fumiya Ogura known as Young Yoshitsune
    • Ichiya Anzai known as Young Maruo
    • Katsuto Yoshii known as Young Donkey
    • Taichi Yano known as Young Mon-chan
    • Takuya Moriyama known as Young Keroyon
    • Kôsei Kuroha
    • Kaoru Fujiwara
    • Kiyotaka Yamada known as Young Yan-bô / Mâ-bô
    • Yûki Otoguro
    • Ibuki Shimizu known as Young Konchi
    • Muneyoshi Abiko known as Young Yamane
    • Riku Uehara known as Young Fukubê
    • Tadashi Nakamura known as Man of Fujiyama Travel (voice)
    • Dave Spector known as Anchorman (as Dêbu Supekutâ)
    • Tetsuya Miyazaki known as Commentator
    • Noriko Kimoto known as Commentator
    • Dandy Sakano known as Man on TV (as Dandhî Sakano)
    • Maya Mori
    • Akira Matsuda
    • Yôichirô Seto
    • Yusuke Hirayama (as Yûsuke Hirayama)
    • Yukina Kinoshita known as Gal
    • Osamu Tsuji
    • Yasuhisa Konishi known as Commander of the Self Defense Forces
    • Mantarô Iwao known as Commander of the Special Assault Team
    • Shûhei Yoshinaga
    • Machiko Matsumura
    • Kôtarô Muraki
    • Takafumi Nishinaga
    • Mitsuhiro Sasaki
    • Takashi Sakaizawa
    • Kazuyuki Yamazaki
    • Takayuki Isawa
    • Naoki Akieda
    • Junpei Takiguchi
    • Kai Atô
    • Yukiko Nakatsubo
    • Mika Takanishi
    • Yoshihiko Murayama
    • Junko Toyoda
    • Rina Hatakeyama known as Young Kanna
    • Manabu Yajima
    • Manabu Itaya
    • Katsuo Nakamura known as God
    • Rex Jones (as Rekkusu Jônzu)
    • Shiori Sakata
    • Xaypani Baccam known as Spy / terrorists
    • Renji Ishibashi known as Inshû Manjôme
    • Kôji Kashima
    • Jirô Konno
    • Hitomi Kuroki known as Kiriko Endô
    • Shuto Tanabe known as Kenji at Junior High (as Shûto Tanabe)
    • Miyu Yagyu (as Miyu Yagyû)

    ..

     

    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:

    • Akiteru Nakada known as special makeup effects artist

    ..

     

    Company

    Production Companies:

    • Cine Bazar
    • Dentsu
    • Nippon Television Network Corporation (NTV)
    • Office Crescendo
    • Shogakukan
    • Toho Company
    • Video Audio Project (VAP)
    • Yomiuri Newspaper Company
    • Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation (YTV)
    • d-rights

    Other Companies:

    • 2win  extras
    • 610 Americaya  costume cooperation
    • Adapt  costume cooperation
    • Akagi Helicopter  helicopter pilot
    • Angel Star  costume cooperation
    • Bay Bridge Studio  title logo design
    • Beams Shibuya  costume cooperation
    • Big Fighter Project  extras
    • Button Down Club  costume cooperation
    • Cannon Creation  costume cooperation
    • Chara Job  extras
    • Commemorative Organization for the Japan World Exposition '70  footage
    • Continental Far East  Dolby consultant
    • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
    • ESP Entertainment Group  extras
    • East Nippon Expressway Company  filming cooperation
    • Explare  titleback: motion graphic
    • G-7 Studio  titleback: Inferno assistant
    • Gakushi Kaikan  filming cooperation
    • Glad News  costume cooperation
    • Hanayashiki Actors Studio  extras
    • Higashi Kanto Wrecker Service  filming cooperation
    • Horikoshi Necktie  costume cooperation
    • Hotel Annex  filming cooperation
    • IKA Collective  production services: New York
    • Itako Station Hotel  filming cooperation
    • J Machree  costume cooperation
    • Jeans Mate  costume cooperation
    • Jiyutei  filming cooperation
    • Kappo Inaki  filming cooperation
    • Kissa Julian  filming cooperation
    • Kokugakuin University Shibuya Campus  extras
    • Kokugakuin University Tama Plaza Campus  extras
    • Manches  costume cooperation
    • Mandarin Laboratory (International) Ltd.  subtitles: Hong Kong version
    • Matsuzakaya (II)  filming cooperation
    • Media Mill  filming cooperation
    • Meisei University  filming cooperation
    • NAC Image Technology  camera equipment provided by
    • NTT Urban Development Builservice  filming cooperation
    • Nakata Shoten  costume cooperation
    • Narita International Airport Corporation  filming cooperation
    • Naruke Kensetsu  filming cooperation
    • Nihon Shomei Co.  lighting equipment provided by
    • Nihon Sougou Kikaku  filming cooperation
    • Nobby Tech  camera equipment provided by: Phantom HD High Speed Cameras
    • Office Lou  extras
    • Old England  costume cooperation
    • Pole Productions  production services: Paris
    • Protean Image Group  production services: New York
    • Rapty  costume cooperation
    • Route Inn Tokomae  filming cooperation
    • S Progress  extras
    • Sanwa Cine Equipment  camera equipment provided by
    • Seibu Railway  filming cooperation
    • Shibaura Institute of Technology  filming cooperation
    • Shining Will  extras
    • Shobi College of Music  extras (as Tokyo Music & Media Arts Shobi)
    • Sony PCL  post-production facilities
    • Sound Crew Studio  recording & mixing studio
    • Sound Lab Oiseau  recording & mixing studio
    • Tangram  titleback: CGI
    • Toho Eizo Bijutsu  set construction
    • Toho Studios  sound stages
    • Zoff  glass

    Distributors:

    • Toho Company (2008) (Japan) (theatrical)
    • Megabox (2008) (South Korea) (theatrical)
    • Panasia Films (2008) (Hong Kong) (theatrical)
    • 4Digital Media (2009) (UK) (theatrical)
    • Encore Films (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
    • Eurozoom (2009) (France) (theatrical)
    • Golden Village Entertainment (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
    • Viz Pictures (2009) (USA) (theatrical) (limited)
    • 4Digital Media (2010) (UK) (DVD) (box set) (as 4Digital Asia)
    • Kam & Ronson Enterprise Co (2009) (Hong Kong) (DVD)
    • Mediatres Estudio (2010) (Portugal) (all media)
    • Mediatres Estudio (2010) (Spain) (all media)
    • Nippon Television Network Corporation (NTV) (2008) (worldwide) (all media) (sales)
    • Viz Pictures (2009) (USA) (DVD)

    ..

     

    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • Dynamo Pictures (visual effects)
    • M.E.U. (special make-up effects)
    • Nippon Effect Center (optical effects)
    • Nippon Eizo Creative (visual effects)
    • Waseda University Art and Science Center (optical effects)

    Release Date:

    • Japan 30 August 2008
    • South Korea 11 September 2008
    • Hong Kong 25 September 2008
    • Singapore 16 October 2008
    • Taiwan 17 October 2008
    • France 14 January 2009
    • USA 23 January 2009 (Santa Barbara International Film Festival)
    • Belgium 19 April 2009 (Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival)
    • UK 4 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • USA 15 August 2009 (San Francisco, California)
    • Germany 28 September 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Spain 26 October 2010 (DVD premiere)

    ..

     
     

    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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