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All-star thriller 20th Century Boys continues with the blockbuster trilogy's second chapter, The Last Hope! The visionary trilogy's first chapter, The Beginning of the End, laid the roots with the tale of a group of friends who emerged as unlikely heroes in the battle against an apocalyptic evil they had unwittingly foretold as children. Picking up the story 15 years after the events of the first film, Chapter 2 introduces viewers to a Japan that has completely fallen under the fascist spell of masked cult leader "Friend" after he stepped in to save the world from the virus he unleashed. Most of the resistance fighters including Kenji (Karasawa Toshiaki) have been missing or imprisoned since the bloody New Year's Eve showdown, and are now branded as terrorists.

Kenji's niece Kanna (Taira Airi) has grown up into a spunky high school student who has inherited her uncle's drive to fight the man. For her rebellious behavior, Kanna gets sent to "Friend Land" for indoctrination, and earns the chance to enter a virtual reality world that holds the secret to Friend's identity. With Kanna's life in danger, faces from the past as well as new joiners to the cause begin to emerge from the shadows, but can this new team fight the sinister conspiracy that Friend is brewing? Who exactly is Friend, and what does his New Book of Prophecy have in store for the world?

Based on Urasawa Naoki's acclaimed manga, 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, the 20th Century Boys trilogy 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. Most of the first film's main cast - including Tokiwa Takako (Mamiya Kyodai), Toyokawa Etsushi (The Sinking of Japan), Kagawa Teruyuki (Sukiyaki Western - Django), and Karasawa Toshiaki (Casshern) - return for the second chapter, along with newcomer Taira Airi, Moriyama Mirai (Fish Story), Arata (Snakes and Earrings), and new additions Fujiki Naohito (Hana Yori Dango: Final) and Santamaria Yusuke (Kisaragi).

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Product Title: Twentieth Century Boys Chapter 2 (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 20世紀少年 --第2章-- 最後之希望 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) 20世纪少年 --第2章-- 最後之希望 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) Twentieth Century Boys Chapter 2 (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Twentieth Century Boys Chapter 2 (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 20th Century Boys - Chapter 2: The Last Hope 20th Century Boys - Chapter 2: The Last Hope 20th Century Boys - Chapter 2: The Last Hope 20th Century Boys - Chapter 2: The Last Hope 20th Century Boys - Chapter 2: The Last Hope
Artist Name(s): Tokiwa Takako (Actor) | Fujiki Naohito | Karasawa Toshiaki | Toyokawa Etsushi (Actor) | Taira Airi | Katase Nana | Yusuke Santamaria | Ishibashi Renji | Kagawa Teruyuki (Actor) | Furuta Arata | Kohinata Fumiyo | Moriyama Mirai | ARATA 常盤貴子 (Actor) | 藤木直人 | 唐澤壽明 | 豐川悅司 (Actor) | 平愛梨 | 片瀨那奈 | 中山裕介 | 石橋蓮司 | 香川照之 (Actor) | 古田新太 | 小日向文世 | 森山未來 | ARATA 常盘贵子 (Actor) | 藤木直人 | 唐泽寿明 | 丰川悦司 (Actor) | 平爱梨 | 片濑那奈 | 中山裕介 | 石桥莲司 | 香川照之 (Actor) | 古田新太 | 小日向文世 | 森山未来 | ARATA 常盤貴子 (Actor) | 藤木直人 | 唐沢 寿明 | 豊川悦司 (Actor) | 平愛梨 | 片瀬那奈 | ユースケ・サンタマリア | 石橋蓮司 | 香川照之 (Actor) | 古田新太 | 小日向文世 | 森山未來 | ARATA Tokiwa Takako (Actor) | Fujiki Naohito | Karasawa Toshiaki | Toyokawa Etsushi (Actor) | Taira Airi | Katase Nana | Yusuke Santamaria | Ishibashi Renji | Kagawa Teruyuki (Actor) | Furuta Arata | Kohinata Fumiyo | Moriyama Mirai | ARATA
Director: Tsutsumi Yukihiko 堤幸彥 堤幸彦 堤幸彦 Tsutsumi Yukihiko
Release Date: 2009-08-28
Language: Cantonese, Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), DTS Extended Surround(TM) / DTS-ES(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 140 (mins)
Publisher: Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1019856080

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* Special Feature: The Last Chapter's Trailer

Director: Tsutsumi Yukihiko

15 years have passed since Bloody New Years Eve and now it's 2015. People believe that kenji Endo and his friends were the satanic terrorists behind the hoorrific act that took place in 2000, the scheme to end humanity using a virus spitting gigantic robot. Kanna, Kenji's niece is now in high school. History textbook tells a fabricated account of Bloody New Year's Eve and Kanna openly resents it as she knows the truth.

The new Book of Prophecies describes the event, "In 2015 at a church in Shinjuku, a savior will rise to unhold justice and be struck by an assassin. "who is the savior? Again doomsday looms near.....
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Professional Review of "Twentieth Century Boys Chapter 2 (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

September 10, 2009

The epic Japanese 20th Century Boys trilogy, based upon the hugely popular manga by Urasawa Naoki, continues with its second instalment, The Last Hope. Director Tsutsumi Yukihiko (previously responsible for cult hits such as 5LDK and Forbidden Siren) returns to continue the sprawling tale, with the action again leaping around between different decades and generations, following the characters as they try to prevent the impending self prophesised apocalypse. With the original cast reprising their roles and with even more special effects and grand narrative adventure, the film was unsurprisingly another box office hit on its domestic release, leaving fans even more excited for the final chapter.

The film begins in 2015, with the events which took place at the end of the first film now being referred to as "Bloody New Years Eve" and with the mysterious Friend having expanded his influence and empire. Most of the characters from the first film have been branded terrorists and have either disappeared or are in prison, with the fate of Kenji Endo (Karasawa Toshiaki, also in Casshern) being unknown. The film basically revolves around his niece Kanna (Taira Airi, Arch Angels), a student who works in a Chinese restaurant in her spare time, while threatening to follow in her rebellious uncle's footsteps. Determined to clear Kenji's name, she enlists in the creepy "Friend Land" indoctrination program to try and uncover the face behind his mask. At the same time, the "New Book of Prophecies" foretells that a saviour will arise at a church in Shinjuku, only to be struck down by an assassin, a message which Friend is only too willing to kill to keep secret. Meanwhile, Occho (Toyokawa Etsushi, recently in Takashi Miike's The Great Yokai War) escapes from prison and rejoins the other fugitives, planning to stop Friend by any means necessary.

As should be expected by anyone who has seen the first film or any fans of the manga, this synopsis barely scratches the surface of The Last Hope, which amongst other things also manages to pack in transvestites, mafia turf wars, killer viruses and messianic conspiracies. As with the original, the action jumps around between various time periods, taking place in 1970, 2000, 2002 and 2015, making for a truly piece of cinema, which is at the same time strangely intimate and resolutely character driven. Indeed, the film's best assets are arguably its cast, whose roles have been built up slowly but surely, and the work invested in the first film in fleshing them out really starts to pay off here. Things may still be a bit bewildering for some viewers, simply due to the sheer number of different people and plots it cycles through, though Tsutsumi Yukihiko continues to do a stalwart job of capturing not only the scope, but also the feel of the source material.

The film is gripping and engaging throughout, and even though it clocks in at a not short two hours and twenty minutes, it could have comfortably been even longer. The narrative is not only ambitious and complex, but is also surprisingly clever, often threatening to tackle some pretty lofty themes as it moves into apocalyptic territory. At the same time, it remains obtuse and endearingly daft, not least since it basically charts the whole world coming to bow at the feet of a man with a strange bag mask covering his head. Unsurprisingly, Yukihiko throws in plenty of revelations and hints at what is to come, though the film still stands on its own two feet and is by no means mere filler material.

The film features more action that its predecessor, with shoot outs, assassinations and fight scenes keeping things exciting and moving along at a fast pace. Yukihiko makes great use of futuristic technology, which is worked seamlessly into the film rather than being saved for gimmicky set pieces or "look at me" moments. The overall effect is surprisingly subtle, with touches like the threads of light being played with by students or the omnipresent airships that lurk over Tokyo resulting in a wholly believable and immersive vision, and a world that basically looks like the world of today, if slightly upgraded.

The only real problem with The Last Hope is that, perhaps inevitably, as the second part of the trilogy, it leaves audiences without any real answers and desperate to see what happens next. Of course, this in itself isn't really a criticism, and the film is easily one of the most enjoyable and finely crafted blockbusters from Japan in recent years that should be enjoyed by all viewers, manga fans or not.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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