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20th Century Boys

General info
Original title: 20-Seiki Shonen (20世紀少年)
Country: Japan
Year: 2008
IMDB Rating: 6.7 1010 votes
Plot: Growing older is pretty rough and Kenji is finding out just how hard it can be as life starts wearing down on him. On top of trying to make ends meet running a convenience store he has to care for the niece that his missing sister left in his care. Memories of youth make it easier, until those memories come back to haunt him. Kenji and his old friends are slowly being drawn into a mysterious conspiracy that could threaten the world. Who is the mysterious “Friend” and how does he tie into Kenji’s youth? Why are there disappearances and deaths tied into Ochanomizu University? Their memories hold the keys to the puzzle, but time and age have clouded their minds. The strange occurrences and the reach of the “Friend” conspiracy grow by the day. It will all culminate on New Year’s Eve 2000. Will Kenji and the others be able to put together the puzzle and save the world?

Official site: www.20thboys.com

  • '20th Century Boys' is massive three film adaptation of end-of-the-world conspiracy manga by Yukihiko Tsutsumi, also athor of successfull serries Monster.
  • '20th Century Boys' was originally serialized in a manga magazine, ‘Shogakukan Big Spirits Comics,’ between 1999 and 2007.
  • The manga series has been translated and published in 11 countries, and received many awards both domestically and internationally, including the ‘Best Prize for a Series’ at Angoulême International Comics Festival in France.
  • The trilogy of '20th Century Boys' live-action films is set to be one of the biggest undertakings ever in the Japanese movie industry.
  • It's budget is over 6 billion yen and it features a cast of 300 people.
  • Second part of trilogy was released January 31, 2009.
Movie info
Language: Japanese
Colormode: Color
Running time: 127

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Featured reviews for

20th Century Boys
20th CENTURY BOYS Cast and Crew Interviews source: http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2009/01/10/20th-century-boys-cast-a~~~rviews/
«Q: The original story has an undercurrent of the Rock spirit. Is it something you feel close to?

Tsutsumi: The underlying theme of this movie is Rock. It’s a Rock’n'Roll movie in disguise. I put much energy in the FRIEND’s Concert scene and the scenes in which Kenji plays his guitar. The story revolves around a man who’s rock-star dream never took off. A man who is living a disillusioned life.»
Twitch, by Todd Brown source: http://twitchfilm.net/site/view/20th-centruy-boys-review/
«All in all, a great film and a fantastic start to an epic trilogy. Supreme bonus points to the film’s score, verging on John Williams sometimes then right back to creepy atmospheric which the Japanese do so well.»
24framespersecond, by Deljhp source: http://www.24framespersecond.net/index.php?/24frames/news_details/20th~~~review/
«If that hasn’t convinced you that this is the best movie ever, then I don’t know what will…20th Century Boys is a truly faithful representation of the Manga original. The acting and shot composition was designed to make this a living incarnation of Naoki Urasawa’s work, and that is the end result.»
LoveHKfilm, by Kozo source: http://www.lovehkfilm.com/panasia/20th_century_boys.html
«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.»
movieXclusive.com, by Richard Lim Jr source: http://www.moviexclusive.com/review/20thcenturyboys/20thcenturyboys.htm
«20th Century Boys is one bizarrely confusing and yet highly entertaining movie. It’s not easy to follow but it’s rewarding for those who are able to understand and enjoy the complexity of this quirky little tale.»
Lunapark6, by luna6 source: http://lunapark6.com/twentieth-century-boys.html
«“Twentieth Century Boys” isn’t a film that will be loved by all. It comes across a lot like a more commercial version of Sion Sono’s “The Suicide Club.” Fans of manga inspired films like “Death Note” should enjoy “Twentieth Century Boys,” as well as fans of blockbuster films in general. For others, it’s a toss up.»
A Nutshell Review, by Stefan S source: http://anutshellreview.blogspot.com/2008/10/20th-century-boys-20-seiki~~~en.html
«Looking at the locations, sets, and big action sequences throughout the film, it's indeed a relatively big budget production with no qualms about throwing money to achieve some form of visual perfection. The finale is nothing short of breathtaking, and with well filled tension, though if you're not expecting this to be the first episode of an franchise, you'll find yourself swearing at its cliffhanger ending.»

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Filmmakers

Tsutsumi, YukihikoTSUTSUMI Yukihiko
director
Urasawa, NaokiURASAWA Naoki
writer
Watanabe, YusukeWATANABE Yusuke
writer/writer
Fukuda, YasushiFUKUDA Yasushi
writer
Nagasaki, TakashiNAGASAKI Takashi
writer
SHIRAI Ryomei
composer
NTVNTV
studio
ShogakukanShogakukan
studio
Toho CompanyToho Company
studio
Cine Bazar
studio
DentsuDentsu
studio
Persons

Cast

Karasawa, ToshiakiKARASAWA Toshiaki
as Kenji Endo
Toyokawa, EtsushiTOYOKAWA Etsushi
as Occho
Tokiwa, TakakoTOKIWA Takako
as Yukiji
Ishizuka, HidehikoISHIZUKA Hidehiko
as Maruo
Kagawa, TeruyukiKAGAWA Teruyuki
as Yoshitsune
Ukaji, TakashiUKAJI Takashi
as Monchan
Sasaki, KuranosukeSASAKI Kuranosuke
as Fukube
Kohinata, FumiyoKOHINATA Fumiyo
as Yamane
Miyasako, HiroyukiMIYASAKO Hiroyuki
as Keroyon
Namase, KatsuhisaNAMASE Katsuhisa
as Donkey
ArataARATA
as Tamura
Sano, ShirôSANO Shirô
as Yan-bô / Mâ-bô
Moriyama, MiraiMORIYAMA Mirai
as Comic Artist
Tsuda, KanjiTSUDA Kanji
as Moroboshi
FUJII Takashi
as Friendship Party Promotor
Fujii, FumiyaFUJII Fumiya
as Ikegami Masato
YAMADA Hanako
as Friendship Party Promotor
Ikewaki, ChizuruIKEWAKI Chizuru
as Convenience Store Clerk
Taira, AiriTAIRA Airi
as Kanna Endô
TOSHI Taka Ando
as Shikishima's Students
Katase, NanaKATASE Nana
as Mika Shikishima
SUZUKI Takahiro
as Shikishima's Student
Kuroki, HitomiKUROKI Hitomi
as Kiriko
MIURA Toshikazu
as Shikishima's Student
Ishibashi, RenjiISHIBASHI Renji
as Cho-san
RAJIO Orientaru
as Men on a Scooter
Mitsuishi, KenMITSUISHI Ken
as Yama-san
NAKATA Atsuhiko
as Man on a Scooter
FUJIMORI Shingo
as Man on a Scooter
Nakamura, KatsuoNAKAMURA Katsuo
as God
Oikawa, MitsuhiroOIKAWA Mitsuhiro
as Rock Singer
Ishii, TomikoISHII Tomiko
as Kenji's Mother
Takenaka, NaotoTAKENAKA Naoto
as Pierre Ichimonji
Ishibashi, TamotsuISHIBASHI Tamotsu
as Kenji's Classmate
Tokui, YuTOKUI Yu
as Convenience Store Boss (as Yû Tokui)
Irie, MasatoIRIE Masato
as Kenji's Classmate
TAKEUCHI Miyako
as Yukiji's Friend
Douguchi, YorikoDOUGUCHI Yoriko
as Donkey's Wife (as Yoriko Dôguchi)
Endo, KenichiENDO Kenichi
as Bloody Man (as Ken'ichi Endô)
FUKAWA Toshikazu
as Nobuo
BengaruBENGARU
as President of Orikô Company
TAMURA Taijiro
as Chû-san (as Taijirô Tamura)
Yokoyama, AkioYOKOYAMA Akio
as Hama-san
Fuwa, MansakuFUWA Mansaku
as Hê-chan
NAITOMEA
as Rock Band
Tanaka, KenTANAKA Ken
as Jiji
KEN Naoko
as Baba
Ryu, RaitaRYU Raita
as Chô-san
Yoshiyuki, KazukoYOSHIYUKI Kazuko
as Moroboshi's Mother
Nishiyama, JunNISHIYAMA Jun
as Young Kenji
SAWAHATA Ryusei
as Young Otcho (as Ryûsei Sawahata)
Matsumoto, TamakiMATSUMOTO Tamaki
as Young Yukiji
OGURA Fumiya
as Young Yoshitsune
ANZAI Ichiya
as Young Maruo
YOSHII Katsuto
as Young Donkey
YANO Taichi
as Young Mon-chan
MORIYAMA Takuya
as Young Keroyon
KUROHA Kôsei
Fujiwara, KaoruFUJIWARA Kaoru
YAMADA Kiyotaka
as Young Yan-bô / Mâ-bô
OTOGURO Yûki
SHIMIZU Ibuki
as Young Konchi
ABIKO Muneyoshi
as Young Yamane
UEHARA Riku
as Young Fukubê
NAKAMURA Tadashi
as Man of Fujiyama Travel (voice)
SPECTOR Dave
as Anchorman (as Dêbu Supekutâ)
MIYAZAKI Tetsuya
as Commentator
KIMOTO Noriko
as Commentator
SAKANO Dandy
as Man on TV (as Dandhî Sakano)
MORI Maya
MATSUDA Akira
SETO Yôichirô
Hirayama, YusukeHIRAYAMA Yusuke
as (as Yûsuke Hirayama)
Kinoshita, YukinaKINOSHITA Yukina
as Gal
TSUJI Osamu
KONISHI Yasuhisa
as Commander of the Self Defense Forces
IWAO Mantarô
as Commander of the Special Assault Team
YOSHINAGA Shûhei
MATSUMURA Machiko
MURAKI Kôtarô
NISHINAGA Takafumi
SASAKI Mitsuhiro
SAKAIZAWA Takashi
YAMAZAKI Kazuyuki
ISAWA Takayuki
AKIEDA Naoki
Takiguchi, JunpeiTAKIGUCHI Junpei
Ato, KaiATO Kai
as (as Kai Atô)
NAKATSUBO Yukiko
TAKANISHI Mika
MURAYAMA Yoshihiko
TOYODA Junko
Hatakeyama, RinaHATAKEYAMA Rina
as Young Kanna
YAJIMA Manabu
ITAYA Manabu
JONES Rex
as (as Rekkusu Jônzu)
SAKATA Shiori
TANABE Shuto
as Kenji at Junior High (as Shûto Tanabe)
Yagyu, MiyuYAGYU Miyu
as (as Miyu Yagyû)



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