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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.
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Release Date: March 10, 2000
Runtime: 97 mins
All Genres: Animation, Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 5.9
Buried.com Rating: 6.9 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With X
MPAA Rating: R
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for violence/gore and some nudity.
Tomokazu Seki ...Kamui Shiro
Ken Narita ...Fuma Mono
Junko Iwao ...Kotori Mono
Toni Barry ...Karen Kasumi (voice: English version)
Rupert Degas ...Shuogo Asagi (voice: English version)
Denica Fairman ...Kanoe (voice: English version)
Mike Fitzpatrick ...Sorata Arisugawa (voice: English version)
Toru Furusawa ...Seishiro Sakurazuka
Teresa Gallagher ...Arashi Kishu (voice: English version)
Jeff Harding ...Kusangi (voice: English version)
David Harris ...Seiichirou Aoki (voice: English version)
Adam Henderson ...Fuma Summit (voice: English version)
Masako Ikeda ...Toru
Kazuhiko Inoue ...yuto Kigai
Stacey Jefferson ...Hinoto (voice: English version)
Mami Koyama ...Karen Kasumi
Annemarie Lawless ...yuzuriha Nekoi (voice: English version)
Alan Marriott ...Kamui Shirou (voice: English version)
Rica Matsumoto ...Nataku
yuko Minaguchi ...Hinoto
Kotono Mitsuishi ...Satsuki yatoji
Issei Miyazaki ...Subaru Sumeragi
Larissa Murray ...Kotari Summit (voice: English version)
Joji Nakata ...Kusanagi Shiyu
yukana Nogami ...yuzuriha Nekoi
Liza Ross ...Toru (Kamui's Mother) (voice: English version)
Toshihiko Seki ...Shogo Asagi
Emi Shinohara ...Arashi Kishu
Atsuko Takahata ...Kanoe
Hideyuki Tanaka ...Seiichiro Aoki
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X Horror Film Trailer 1
- Sorata Arisugawa: Hey, buddy! You're a friend of Kamui, aren't you? Kamui is looking for you! Fûma Monô: Kamui... I AM KAMUI!
Yuzuriha Nekoi: I'm sorry. I guess I'm no good at helping with things like this. You know, I never did find anyone to love. I wish there was someone who would cry for me when I die. [her strength fades, and her final line is heard in Kamui's mind alone] Yuzuriha Nekoi: Kamui... promise that you'll protect the ones you love always!
Seiichirô Aoki: Don't you realize that this battle is meaningless? What do you Dragons of Earth hope to achieve? Nakatsu: It is not the Earth we wish to destroy. It is mankind. Men kill, they hate, and they devastate this planet. What reason, then, must they exist? What the Earth needs now is tranquility. Seiichirô Aoki: Perhaps you are right. But there are people who I need to protect! For them, and for those people who have died fighting for this Earth, I am unable to let you live!
[a great red dragon appears before Fûma and Konoe, and Fûma draws back in fear] Kanoe: Don't worry! That dragon is one of us. Why, it might even be you!
[last lines] Kamui Shirô: Why? Why did it have to happen this way? Why can't you tell me? Fûma!
- At the time of the film's production, the manga it was based on was less than half-finished, forcing the filmmakers to create an ending and attempt to compensate for incomplete character development. The television series "X" (2001) retells a more complete version of the manga's storyline, though it is also not entirely accurate to the source material.
The character Shougo Asagi never existed in the original manga, and was created specifically for the film. He takes the place of Kakyou Kuzuki, the bedridden Dragon of Earth dreamseer that appears in the manga and who later appears in the television series. Furthermore, Shougo's power over water was originally Yuto's power in the manga.
The ending song for the X movie is sung by a group X (also known as X-Japan). The song they sing is Forever Love, and when guitarist Hide died, Toshi, X's vocalist, sang it at his funeral.
The two characters that fight as Kamui watches near the beginning of the film, Subaru Sumeragi and Seishirou Sakurazuka, were originally from CLAMP's manga, "Tokyo Babylon" before crossing over into the X manga. Their relationship mirrors that of Kamui and Fuma's, as they were both close friends until Seishirou killed Subaru's sister.
Most of the locations in the film are real places in Tokyo. For complete accuracy, director Rintaro sent a team of numerous photographers around the city to try and capture pictures of all the buildings from as many angles as possible. The photography team then submitted the many rolls of film to the animation and background painting departments, which spent months illustrating the locations as close to reality as possible. Of particular note is the Tokyo Tower Observation Deck (from the end of the film) which is detailed down to the placement of individual telescopes and city maps. A brief list of the locations and where they were used follows: - Arkhills: A group of large office buildings, sight of the Subaru/Seishirou fight at the beginning of the film. - Diet Building: The center of the Japanese government (similar to the White House), Hinoto and the Dragons of Heaven are centered here. - Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building: The central office of city government, and home of Konoe and the Dragons of Earth. - Tokyo Station: The ornate rail station, where Karen and Seiichirou face off against Shougo and Nataku. - Sunshine 60: One of the tallest buildings in Tokyo, this office building incorporates a zoo and is the sight of Seiichirou's second battle with Nataku. - Central Shinjuku: A popular neighborhood for young people, Shinjuku is the heart of Tokyo glitz and is the battleground of Kamui, Yuzuriha, and Kusanagi. - Ebisu Garden Place: Also in Shinjuku, this is an upscale residence/shopping district known for its spacious and beautiful plaza, and for its showdown between Sorata, Arashi, and Fuuma. - Tokyo Tower: Built for radio and television transmission, the Tower is considered Tokyo's quintessential landmark that offers a great view of the city and is the location of the film's climactic finale.
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