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(1996)

Ekkusu (original title)
The story takes place in 1999, the Year of Destiny, and the beginning of the end of the world. The future of the universe rests on one young man, Kamui Shiro, who must destroy either the ... See full summary »

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Rintaro

Writers:

Mami Watanabe (script), Mick Nekoi (manga) (as Clamp) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tôru Furusawa Tôru Furusawa ... Seishirô (voice)
Alan Marriott ... Kamui Shirou (voice)
Tomokazu Seki ... Kamui (voice)
Adam Henderson ... Fuma Monou (voice)
Larissa Murray ... Kotari Monou (voice)
Ken Narita Ken Narita ... Fûma (voice)
Denica Fairman Denica Fairman ... Kanoe (voice)
Stacey Gregg Stacey Gregg ... Hinoto (voice) (as Stacey Jefferson)
Junko Iwao ... Kotori (voice)
Mike Fitzpatrick Mike Fitzpatrick ... Sorata Arisugawa (voice)
David Harris David Harris ... Aoki Seiichirou (voice)
Atsuko Takahata Atsuko Takahata ... Kanoe (voice)
Rupert Degas ... Shuogo Asagi (voice)
Yûko Minaguchi ... Hinoto (voice)
Nigel Whitmey ... Yuto Kigai (voice)
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Storyline

The story takes place in 1999, the Year of Destiny, and the beginning of the end of the world. The future of the universe rests on one young man, Kamui Shiro, who must destroy either the Dragons of Earth or the Dragons of Heaven - two opposing armies. He alone must decide whether humanity should be destroyed to create a purified universe, or whether it should be protected to preserve civilization. Two oracles, the sisters Hinoto and Kanoe foresee the coming of the Dragons and predict opposite outcomes. Each sister gathers strength and ammunition to insure her own vision for the future. However, neither sister realizes that there is one man who has an even greater power than the Dragons, and that ultimately he will determine the fate of the earth. Which sister will prevail and how does Kamui fit into their struggle? The answer to this question will forever affect humanity. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/gore and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Manga Entertainment

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

3 August 1996 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

X/1999 See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,672, 12 March 2000

Gross USA:

$143,355

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$266,914
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in 1999. See more »

Quotes

Subaru Sumeragi: Kamui has finally returned to Tokyo.
Seishirô Sakurazuka: So I understand. The final battle to decide the fate of the earth is about to begin.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, there is a brief aerial shot of Tokyo, with everything save the Tokyo Tower in rubble as sakura blossoms flutter by. See more »

Alternate Versions

Nudity was blurred out when aired on when aired on the Sci-Fi Channel (Ani-Monday). See more »

Connections

References Scanners (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Forever Love
Written by Yoshiki
Performed by Yoshiki (as X Japan)
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I can't wait to see it again
11 May 2000 | by chromoSee all my reviews

BACKGROUND. I was really excited about 'X'!

In Japan, hundreds of thousands were reading the 'X' story for years before the movie came out. So everybody already knew the characters and the concerns. The movie was a map of the story, a draft of future parts, a promise to keep the manga going, and a Frankenstein monster ('It's ALIVE!').

So reading the manga and then seeing the movie is a Cultural Experience. You also see the strengths and similarities of comics and film and how they can work together.

REVIEW. I loved it. I'm into melodrama, especially CLAMP's style, with lots of dreams and visions and questions and doubts and Fate.

Some people can't figure out how to discharge their divine duty. Others find out they're divine after their Terrible Duty is Done. And the main people already know the worst of the outcome, and they know that what they do to stop it is just part of making it happen.

Most of the movie plays around with those ideas. And everybody gets scared of their future.

The technical aspects were superb and very appropriate. The movie answered questions, illuminated the manga, and had me babbling about 'X' for hours.

'X' is not for everyone. It would shock anyone not familiar with how bloody Japanese storytelling can be. It compares badly with other anime features in terms of story continuity. But as a step in a manga/anime trip, it works beautifully and it *is* beautiful.

'I'm glad I read the book first!'

Regarding the violence, this is definitely 'feminine' blood: blood that belongs to nature, not to order and brains. That can be more disturbing.

DUBBING. Once someone laughs, it's all over.


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