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Doomsday is upon Japan (again) in the thrilling all-star blockbuster 20th Century Boys based on Urasawa Naoki's acclaimed manga. Too big for just one film, 20th Century Boys is being released in three installments over one year's time. The first chapter lays the roots for the visionary trilogy's ambitious tale about a group of friends who emerge as unlikely heroes in the battle against an apocalyptic evil they had unwittingly foretold as children. More than just a good vs. evil doomsday saga, 20th Century Boys makes for a positively epic exercise in filmmaking and storytelling that spans multiple generations and genres, and bites into conspiracy theory, pop culture nostalgia, and spectacular special effects. Helmed by hit-making director Tsutsumi Yukihiko (Memories of Tomorrow), 20th Century Boys is certainly one of the greatest undertakings Japan Cinema has ever seen, with its six billion yen budget and staggeringly long cast list that runs 300 deep. Karasawa Toshiaki (Casshern) leads the ensemble cast that includes Tokiwa Takako (Mamiya Kyodai), Toyokawa Etsushi (The Sinking of Japan), Kagawa Teruyuki (Sukiyaki Western - Django), and Sasaki Kuranosuke (After School).

Kenji (Karasawa Toshiaki) used to be a wannabe rocker but, now in his thirties, he's back in his hometown running a convenience store and taking care of his baby niece. All seems quiet and uneventful in Kenji's life, save for the worried whispers about the rise of a cult led by a masked man who calls himself "Friend". The cult's logo seems eerily familiar, as do the news of mysterious deaths and terrorist acts around the world. Back in the summer of 1969, Kenji and his buddies sketched for fun a Book of Prophecy that predicted the world's end. Twenty-eight years later, the scenarios laid out in the Book of Prophecy are coming true one by one, and all fingers point to "Friend". As friends and foes of the past reappear for mankind's last stand, can Kenji fulfill his own prophecy and save the world?

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Product Title: 20th Century Boys - Chapter 1: Beginning Of The End (DVD) (Special Price Edition) (Japan Version) 20世紀少年 - 第1章: 完結的開始 (DVD) (特別價格版) (日本版) 20世纪少年 - 第1章: 完结的开始 (DVD) (特别价格版) (日本版) 20世紀少年 第1章 終わりの始まり(スペシャルプライス版) 20th Century Boys - Chapter 1: Beginning Of The End (DVD) (Special Price Edition) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Fujii Fumiya | Oikawa Mitsuhiro | Tokiwa Takako | Karasawa Toshiaki | Toyokawa Etsushi | Takenaka Naoto | Katase Nana | Ikewaki Chizuru | Kuroki Hitomi | Ishibashi Renji | Sano Shiro | Iura Arata | Douguchi Yoriko | Ken Naoko | Namase Katsuhisa | Ishizuka Hidehiko | Sasaki Kuranosuke | Kagawa Teruyuki | Yamada Hanako | Yoshiyuki Kazuko | Irie Masato | Ukaji Takashi | Kohinata Fumiyo | Tokui Yu | Ryu Raita | Bengal | Nakamura Katsuo | Mitsuishi Ken | Fukawa Toshikazu | Tsuda Kanji | Ishibashi Tamotsu | Endo Kenichi | Moriyama Mirai | Ishii Tomiko | Miyasako Hiroyuki | Nakata Atsuhiko | Fujimori Shingo 藤井郁彌 | 及川光博 | 常盤貴子 | 唐澤壽明 | 豐川悅司 | 竹中直人 | 片瀨那奈 | 池脇千鶴 | 黑木瞳 | 石橋蓮司 | 佐野史郎 | ARATA 井浦新 | 洞口依子 | Ken Naoko | 生瀨勝久 | Ishizuka Hidehiko | 佐佐木藏之介 | 香川照之 | 山田花子 | 吉行和子 | 入江雅人 | 宇梶剛士 | 小日向文世 | 德井優 | 龍雷太 | Bengal | 中村嘉葎雄 | 光石研 | 布川敏和 | 津田寬治 | Ishibashi Tamotsu | 遠藤憲一 | 森山未來 | Ishii Tomiko | 宮迫博之 | Nakata Atsuhiko | Fujimori Shingo 藤井郁弥 | 及川光博 | 常盘贵子 | 唐泽寿明 | 丰川悦司 | 竹中直人 | 片濑那奈 | 池脇千鹤 | 黑木瞳 | 石桥莲司 | 佐野史郎 | Iura Arata | 洞口依子 | Ken Naoko | 生濑胜久 | Ishizuka Hidehiko | 佐佐木藏之介 | 香川照之 | 山田花子 | 吉行和子 | 入江雅人 | 宇梶刚士 | 小日向文世 | 德井优 | 龙雷太 | Bengal | 中村嘉葎雄 | 光石研 | Fukawa Toshikazu | 津田宽治 | Ishibashi Tamotsu | 远藤宪一 | 森山未来 | Ishii Tomiko | 宫迫博之 | Nakata Atsuhiko | Fujimori Shingo 藤井フミヤ | 及川光博 | 常盤貴子 | 唐沢 寿明 | 豊川悦司 | 竹中直人 | 片瀬那奈 | 池脇千鶴 | 黒木瞳 | 石橋蓮司 | 佐野史郎 | ARATA 井浦新 | 洞口依子 | 研ナオコ | 生瀬勝久 | 石塚英彦 | 佐々木蔵之介 | 香川照之 | 山田花子 | 吉行和子 | 入江雅人 | 宇梶剛士 | 小日向文世 | 徳井優 | 竜雷太 | ベンガル | 中村嘉葎雄 | 光石研 | 布川敏和 | 津田寛治 | 石橋保 | 遠藤憲一 | 森山未來 | 石井トミコ | 宮迫博之 | 竹内都子 | 中田敦彦 | 藤森慎吾 | 鈴木崇大 | 三浦敏和 Fujii Fumiya | Oikawa Mitsuhiro | Tokiwa Takako | Karasawa Toshiaki | Toyokawa Etsushi | Takenaka Naoto | Katase Nana | Ikewaki Chizuru | Kuroki Hitomi | Ishibashi Renji | Sano Shiro | Iura Arata | Douguchi Yoriko | Ken Naoko | Namase Katsuhisa | Ishizuka Hidehiko | Sasaki Kuranosuke | Kagawa Teruyuki | Yamada Hanako | Yoshiyuki Kazuko | Irie Masato | Ukaji Takashi | Kohinata Fumiyo | Tokui Yu | Ryu Raita | Bengal | Nakamura Katsuo | Mitsuishi Ken | Fukawa Toshikazu | Tsuda Kanji | Ishibashi Tamotsu | Endo Kenichi | Moriyama Mirai | Ishii Tomiko | Miyasako Hiroyuki | Nakata Atsuhiko | Fujimori Shingo
Director: Tsutsumi Yukihiko 堤幸彥 堤幸彦 堤幸彦 Tsutsumi Yukihiko
Release Date: 2011-02-02
Publisher Product Code: VPBT-13521
Language: Japanese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023752411

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タイトル:本格科学冒険映画 20世紀少年 −第1章− 終わりの始まり
出演:唐沢寿明/豊川悦司/常盤貴子/香川照之/石塚英彦/宇梶剛士/宮迫博之/生瀬勝久/小日向文世/佐々木蔵之介/藤井隆/山田花子/ARATA/片瀬那奈/池脇千鶴/鈴木崇大/三浦敏和/中田敦彦/藤森慎吾/藤井フミヤ/及川光博/竹中直人/森山未來/津田寛治/徳井優/石橋保/布川敏和/入江雅人/竹内都子/洞口依子/遠藤憲一/光石研/佐野史郎/ベンガル/石井トミコ/研ナオコ/竜雷太/吉行和子/石橋蓮司/中村嘉葎雄/黒木瞳
監督:堤幸彦(監督)/浦沢直樹(原作)/福田靖(脚本)/長崎尚志(脚本)/浦沢直樹(脚本)/渡辺雄介(脚本)/白井良明(音楽)/小杉善信(製作指揮)/奥田誠治(エグゼクティブプロデューサー)/長崎尚志(企画)/飯沼伸之(プロデューサー)/甘木モリオ(プロデューサー)

高度経済成長期、地球滅亡を企む悪の組織に立ち向かう正義のヒーローを夢見て、少年ケンヂと仲間たちが作った“よげんの書”。それから30年後、大人になったケンヂの周りで次々に不可解な事件が起こる。そして世界各国では、謎の伝染病による大量死が相次ぐ。実は、これらの事件はすべて、30年前の“よげんの書”のシナリオ通りに実行されていた!ケンヂは滅亡の一途を辿る地球を地球を救えるのか?そして数々の出来事に必ず絡んでくる謎の男、“ともだち”の正体とは・・・?
『YAWARA!』『MONSTER』の浦沢直樹が、1999年から2007年まで約8年をかけて描いた『20世紀少年』。累計発行部数2,000万部を超える国民的コミックの人気は日本に留まることなく世界12カ国で翻訳出版され、数々の賞を受賞。まさに全世界が待ち望んだ伝説のコミックが、この夏実写となってスクリーンに降臨。

映像特典:「<第1章>終わりの始まり」予告編集/「<第2章>最後の希望」特報/予告編

テクニカル・インフォメーション
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画面:Vista-16:9LB
言語/音声:日本語:ドルビーデジタル5.1chサラウンド

その他の情報
製作年:2008
著作権:(C)1999,2006 浦沢直樹 スタジオナッツ/小学館^/^(C)2008 映画「20世紀少年」製作委員会
備考:1枚組
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日本小売価格:¥2381

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Professional Review of "20th Century Boys - Chapter 1: Beginning Of The End (DVD) (Special Price Edition) (Japan Version)"

January 31, 2009

This professional review refers to Twentieth Century Boys: Chapter 1 (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Another manga to movie adaptation? Hollywood produced half-a-dozen hit comic book movies in 2008, but in terms of quantity they've got nothing on Japan, which seems to be churning out manga movies every other week. There are now so many manga movies being made that the words "based on a manga" have lost their pop entertainment luster. 20th Century Boys, however, is a doozy. Created by acclaimed manga creator Naoki Urasawa 20th Century Boys is not only a popular manga - it's a complete, generations-spanning epic that's so dense and complex that it simply cannot be told in a single film. So, instead of one movie, the filmmakers are giving us three, all being released over a period of twelve months.

An ensemble cast of stars and character actors populate the first of director Yukihiko Tsutsumi's three 20th Century Boys films, which is initially set in 1997. Toshiaki Karasawa (Goodbye Mr. McDonald) stars as Kenji, a thirtysomething convenience store owner who learns of a religious cult led by a mysterious masked man known only as "Friend". Simultaneously, people worldwide begin dropping dead from a mysterious virus that makes their blood burst from their veins. Though he's not directly affected by these events, something about the whole thing strikes Kenji as familiar.

Things get stranger when Kenji realizes that the logo for Friend's cult - an eye drawn inside a pointing hand - is the same logo used by Kenji and his gang of childhood pals back in 1969. During that summer, Kenji and his friends built a secret fort and spent their time fighting bullies, reading manga, and dreaming up fanciful plans to destroy and also save the world. Those plans are now coming true; Kenji and his pals dreamt up the deadly virus, and it's now being unleashed in the exact locations described in their childish "Book of Prophecy". Kenji soon realizes that he can predict the next tragedies because he planned them when he was a kid.

Since Kenji is the creator, he's also the one who can stop it - at least, that seems to be the role assigned to him by Friend, who taunts Kenji with playground-worthy fervor. All signs point to Friend being a kid from Kenji's past, leading Kenji and his old pals to reunite as Friend's childish plot begins to take shape. However, there are lives and even nations at stake, and Friend's people are everywhere. Are these former childish dreamers up to a challenge so epic in scope? And which one of their former friends is "Friend"?

The concept behind 20th Century Boys is immediately entertaining, as the idea of an unending children's game makes for wonderful fiction. Urasawa uses real pop culture and history to add depth and color to his story. The film's title comes from a rock song by British band T.Rex, with its usage reflecting the disconnect between childish dreams and ego-crushing adulthood. The song was beloved by the teenage Kenji, who failed in his dream of becoming a rockstar. However, now that he's being asked to "save the world", can he get his youthful swagger back? Urasawa's original manga mixed intricate details, sentimental themes, and creepy conspiracy theories into a single compelling whole, and director Tsutsumi doesn't mess that up.

However, Tsutsumi can't really do justice to the story either, because it's just too big. Manga can be cinematic, but the depth and rich detail contained in Urasawa's work is impossible to translate with even 9 hours of screen time. Urasawa's manga is filled with deliberate suspense, non-linear storytelling, and some rather outlandish concepts, but he had plenty of time to involve readers in his story - and even then, the whole thing bordered on ridiculous. 20th Century Boys is terrific fiction, but that judgement is more of a testament to Urasawa's detailed vision and storytelling abilities than the work's actual coherence. The manga gets really out there, but it works largely because readers become invested in Urasawa's sprawling, intricately-plotted narrative and well-defined characters.

Yukihiko Tsutsumi's film version earns goodwill largely due to audience familiarity. Anyone who read the manga should want to see how this plays out onscreen - though if one steps back, the cracks in the paint are apparent. The whole story is rather far-fetched, and the commercial tone, obvious acting, and semi-chintzy CGI make the film seem fake and unconvincing. 20th Century Boys was a tough sell as a manga, but it's an even tougher sell as a live-action film. Still, Tsutsumi has two more installments to deliver, and it's only fair to withhold complete judgement until they're all done. Regardless of the first film's success, the filmmakers still tried, so the least we can do is applaud their ambition and keep watching to see if they can pull it off.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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