• Movie: 20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End
  • Country: Japan
  • Release Date: Aug 30, 2008
  • Duration: 2 hr. 22 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 7.9 (scored by 486 users)
  • Ranked: #1136
  • Popularity: #2555
  • Watchers: 974

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20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End
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Ratings: 7.9/10 from 486 users
# of Watchers: 974
Reviews: 1 user
Ranked #1136
Popularity #2555
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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 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 neighbourhood 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. Is this the beginning of the end of the world? Who is Friend?

  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Aug 30, 2008
  • Duration: 2 hr. 22 min.
  • Score: 7.9 (scored by 486 users)
  • Ranked: #1136
  • Popularity: #2555
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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2 people found this review helpful
Sep 7, 2014
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 8.5
*I have not read the mangas*

I didn't know what to expect when I clicked play on this movie. I knew it was action and that was all. When the movie started it was very slow making me want to turn it off, but I pushed through to the end and I am glad I did. It got better after about 25 minutes, when the action and mystery started to take place. Good thing there are 2 more movies cause this one did NOT explain anything about the mysterious friend who is now a leader of this group and....yeah this movie was just full of confusion so I hope the next two movies clear at least a few things up for viewers. Overall the acting and music were good~ Don't know if I would ever watch this movie again though...

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