X - The Movie (1996) Movie Review

X - The Movie (1996)

1996 | R | Horror, Thriller, Action, Fantasy, Animation
100 minutes /

User Score: 63/100


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...

X - The Movie Review

Tokyo is the city where the final battle between the Dragon of Earth and the Dragon of Heaven will take place in the Japanese anime film X, directed by Rintaro (a.k.a. TarĂ´ Rin; Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion) and written by the all-woman writing team Clamp. The Dragon of Earth wants to wipe out humankind because of the damage people have inflicted on the Earth, while the Dragon of Heaven is fighting to protect civilization. At the center of all this is Kamui, the chosen one, who must pick a dragon to fight for.

Full of dreams and flashbacks that pop up out of nowhere, the structure of X could be considered confusing and needlessly complex—if the story weren’t so simple. Obviously, we’re supposed to root for the Dragon of Heaven to win and save mankind, but the funny thing is, the Dragon of Earth has the better argument. If it were a debate, humanity would lose. But it’s not a debate, it’s an action film, and many of Tokyo’s most famous buildings get destroyed in the battles. As with most anime, the women are either girlishly cute or slutty, but luckily in X, there are no graphic rapes; the love interest is merely crucified three or four times. It may not be the greatest anime film out there, but at least it’s never boring. —Andy Spletzer

About X - The Movie (1996)

Title: X - The Movie
Original Title: X, X/1999
AKA: Ekkusu
Year: 1996
Runtime: 100 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action, Fantasy, Animation
Score: 1.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.1/5 stars from 8 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 8
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Kôichi Yamadera, Don Fellows, Rupert Degas, Jeff Harding, Adam Henderson, Nigel Whitmey, Kazuhiko Inoue, Hideyuki Tanaka, Toshihiko Seki, Annemarie Lawless, Liza Ross, Teresa Gallagher, Yûko Minaguchi, Issei Miyazaki, Alan Marriott, Larissa Murray, William Dufris, Emi Shinohara, David Harris, Mami Koyama, Toni Barry, Jôji Nakata, Kotono Mitsuishi, Ken Narita, Yukana Nogami, Tomokazu Seki, Atsuko Takahata, Denica Fairman, Stacey Gregg, Mike Fitzpatrick
Writers: Mami Watanabe, Mick Nekoi, Rintaro, Satsuki Igarashi, Mokona Apapa, George Roubicek, Nanase Ôkawa
Director: Rintaro

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