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

142 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

In 1969, Kenji, an elementary school kid and his friends built a secret base during their summer holidays. They fantasized that they had to fight villains who were out to conquer the world and wrote them in the Book of Prophecies. Years ...See moreIn 1969, Kenji, an elementary school kid and his friends built a secret base during their summer holidays. They fantasized that they had to fight villains who were out to conquer the world and wrote them in the Book of Prophecies. Years later in 1997, Kenji becomes a convenience store manager and leads a regular life after giving up his dreams to become a rock star. His boring life is suddenly turned upside down when his old classmate dies mysteriously and an entire family in the neighborhood disappears. At the same time, a religious cult and its mysterious leader, Friend emerges and a strange chain of events duplicating exactly the events described in the Book of Prophecies follow. Written by Noel Kardaris See less
Writers
Yasushi Fukuda (screenplay) | Takashi Nagasaki (screenplay) | Naoki Urasawa (screenplay) (manga series "20-seiki shônen") | Yûsuke Watanabe (screenplay)
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$ 20,000,000
Gross (World)
$ 38,231,562
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Jan 23, 2009 (United States)

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Toshiaki Karasawa
Kenji Endô Kenji Endô   See fewer
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Takako Tokiwa
Yukiji Yukiji   See fewer
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Teruyuki Kagawa
Yoshitsune Yoshitsune   See fewer
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Takashi Ukaji
Mon-chan Mon-chan   See fewer
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Shirô Sano
Yan-bô / Mâ-bô Yan-bô / Mâ-bô   See fewer
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Mirai Moriyama
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Kanji Tsuda
Moroboshi Moroboshi   See fewer
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Takashi Fujii
Friendship Party Promotor Friendship Party Promotor   See fewer
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Hanako Yamada
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Arata Iura
Masao Tamura (as Arata) Masao Tamura (as Arata)   See fewer
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Nana Katase
Mika Shikishima Mika Shikishima   See fewer
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Chizuru Ikewaki
Convenience Store Clerk Convenience Store Clerk   See fewer
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Airi Taira
Kanna Endô Kanna Endô   See fewer
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Taka Ando Toshi
Shikishima's Students Shikishima's Students   See fewer
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Takahiro Suzuki
Shikishima's Student Shikishima's Student   See fewer
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Toshikazu Miura
Shikishima's Student Shikishima's Student   See fewer
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Orientaru Rajio
Men on a Scooter Men on a Scooter   See fewer
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Atsuhiko Nakata
Man on a Scooter Man on a Scooter   See fewer
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Shingo Fujimori
Man on a Scooter Man on a Scooter   See fewer
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Fumiya Fujii
Masato Ikegami Masato Ikegami   See fewer
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Mitsuhiro Oikawa
Rock Singer Rock Singer   See fewer
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Tomiko Ishii
Kenji's Mother Kenji's Mother   See fewer
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Naoto Takenaka
Pierre Ichimonji Pierre Ichimonji   See fewer
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Yama-san Yama-san   See fewer
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Kenji's Classmate Kenji's Classmate   See fewer
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Bengaru
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Chû-san Chû-san   See fewer
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Hama-san Hama-san   See fewer
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Mansaku Fuwa
Hê-chan Hê-chan   See fewer
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Rock Band Rock Band   See fewer
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Raita Ryû
Chô-san Chô-san   See fewer
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Young Kenji Young Kenji   See fewer
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Young Maruo Young Maruo   See fewer
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Young Mon-chan Young Mon-chan   See fewer
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Young Yamane Young Yamane   See fewer
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Young Kanna Young Kanna   See fewer
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Rex Jones
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6.7 / 10 | 2,251 votes