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?
'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.
«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.»
«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.»
«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.»
«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.»
«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.»
«“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.»
«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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