Plot: The chapter 2 of the 20th Century Boys trilogy starts in 2015, 15 years after the world is nearly destroyed. People now believe that Kenji and his friends were satanic terrorists and Friend, the mysterious cult leader, is worshipped as the savior of the world.
Kanna, Kenji's niece, is now in high school and she resents that the history textbooks tell a fabricated account of the fateful day. She is forced to participate in the Friend Land program to be re-educated when she is deemed to be anti-social. While in the program, Kanna uncovers clues to Friend's real identity, and the shocking discovery of The New Book of Prophecies!
Kanna tries to find out who wrote The New Book of Prophecies and unravels the true identity of Friend!
The third movie (the last in the trilogy) was released in Japan on August 29, 2009.
«Tsutsumi's direction is solid, admirably juggling the myriad strands even as it tries to compensate for a pace that's less frenetic than that of its predecessor, as well as the sense that the series is biding its time before the final installment. But in the helmer's steady hand, the pic still manages to entertain and intrigue.»
«In many ways, the adaptation of the manga is quite ambitious, reminds me of the WATCHMEN adaptation. ... the weaker parts of the film are where the filmmakers try to be faithful to the source material. The tone of the film is a mixture of realism and cartoonish, realism in a sense that it's meant to be a satire of pop culture, cult worship etc.»
«As with the first film, this one ends with a jump in time and a countdown to the next film's trailer. And as with the first film, while this one may not be perfect, it's a very good telling of an excellent story, one whose conclusion I can't wait to see.»
«Japanese cinema enthusiasts may find the film enjoyable thanks to the sprawling cast of stars and the pop-culture infused vision of a past-and-future Japan. For fans of the manga, this is a slam dunk because, well, the movie is the manga! For everyone else, this is just tough going - not coherent enough to be enthralling sci-fi and too convoluted and sprawling to make that much sense.»
«The problem in the second movie (of the planned trilogy) was that it does not actually progress the story to a whole new level. The whole doomsday scenario and a couple normal folks going against the powerful had become rather tedious and repetitive. »
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