20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End (2008)

20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End is the first film in Yukihiko Tsutsumi’s 3-part live-action film adaptation of Naoki Urasawa’s popular “20th Century Boys” manga serial. It was released by Toho in Japan on August 30, 2008.

The film’s story begins in 1969, as a young rock ‘n’ roll enthusiast named Kenji makes a secret fort with his friends. Together they write the “Book of Prophecy”, which details a tokusatsu-inspired future in which a giant killer robot threatens mankind and only they can rise up to stop it. Many years later, in 1997, Kenji (Toshiaki Karasawa) has given up his dream of becoming a rock star and has resigned himself to a dull life managing a convenience store. He also has to take care of his baby niece, Kanna, because his sister suddenly took off with no explanation.

Meanwhile, a strange cult has been gaining followers lately due to their mysterious leader, who’s known only as “Friend” (Tomodachi). Kenji notices that this cult is using the same image that he himself drew on the cover of the Book of Prophecy when he was a kid. Soon, horrible events start occurring that were foretold in the book. On December 31, 2000, a giant plague-spreading robot begins decimating Tokyo. The only people that know about the Book of Prophecy are Kenji and his childhood friends, and they also know they’re the only ones that can save humanity—no matter how impossible it may seem.

Movie info

Original title
Transliterated title
20-seiki Shonen
Release date
August 30, 2008
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Featured Cast

Actor Role
toshiaki-karasawa Toshiaki Karasawa
Etsushi Toyokawa Etsushi Toyokawa
Takako Tokiwa Takako Tokiwa
Teruyuki Kagawa Teruyuki Kagawa
hidehiko-ishizuka Hidehiko Ishizuka
Takashi Ukaji Takashi Ukaji
Hiroyuki Miyasako Hiroyuki Miyasako
Katsuhisa Namase Katsuhisa Namase
Fumiyo Kohinata Fumiyo Kohinata
Kuranosuke Sasaki Kuranosuke Sasaki
Shiro Sano Shiro Sano
Mirai Moriyama Mirai Moriyama
Kanji Tsuda Kanji Tsuda
Takashi Fujii Takashi Fujii
Hanako Yamada Hanako Yamada
Arata Iura Arata Iura
Nana Katase Nana Katase
Chizuru Ikewaki Chizuru Ikewaki
airi-taira Airi Taira

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Last Updated 23 Nov 2014 at 07:31