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Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005)

Fainaru fantajî sebun adobento chirudoren (original title)
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An ex-mercenary is forced out of isolation when three mysterious men kidnap and brainwash the city's children afflicted with the Geostigma disease.

Directors:

Tetsuya Nomura, Takeshi Nozue (co-director)

Writers:

Kazushige Nojima, Brian Gray (English screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Takahiro Sakurai ... Cloud Strife (voice)
Ayumi Itô ... Tifa Lockhart (voice)
Shotaro Morikubo ... Kadaj (voice) (as Shoutarou Morikubo)
Maaya Sakamoto ... Aerith Gainsborough (voice)
Keiji Fujiwara Keiji Fujiwara ... Reno (voice)
Taiten Kusunoki Taiten Kusunoki ... Rude (voice)
Yûji Kishi Yûji Kishi ... Yazoo (voice) (as Yuuji Kishi)
Kenji Nomura Kenji Nomura ... Loz (voice)
Shôgo Suzuki Shôgo Suzuki ... Vincent Valentine (voice) (as Shougo Suzuki)
Masahiro Kobayashi Masahiro Kobayashi ... Barret Wallace (voice)
Kazuyuki Yama Kazuyuki Yama ... Cid Highwind (voice) (as Kazuyuki Yamaji)
Yumi Kakazu ... Yuffie Kisaragi (voice)
Hideo Ishikawa Hideo Ishikawa ... Cait Sith (voice)
Masachika Ichimura ... Red XIII / Nanaki (voice)
Miyû Tsuzurahara Miyû Tsuzurahara ... Marlene Wallace (voice) (as Miyuu Tsuzuhara)
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Two years after the events in "Final Fantasy VII", a disease called 'Seikon-Shoukougun', or 'Geostigma', is spreading through the planet. This disease is believed to have been caused by the body fighting off foreign material that invaded the body two years earlier, at the end of "Final Fantasy VII". Guilt-ridden and haunted by his past, ex-SOLDIER Cloud Strife has decided to live a secluded, solitary life away from his friends while maintaining "Strife's Delivery Service", whose headquarters is located in Tifa Lockheart's bar, the Seventh Heaven. Tifa's bar serves as an orphanage for children stricken with Geostigma. Here, Tifa keeps an eye on Barret's six-year-old daughter, Marlene, while Barret searches the planet for an alternative energy source to the Planet's energy, Mako. One day, Cloud receives a phone call from the former Shinra, Inc. president, Rufus, asking him for protection from a mysterious man named Kadaj. Kadaj, in the meantime, along with his brothers Loz and Yazoo, ... Written by Andrea

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

14 September 2005 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Vincent's three-barreled handgun is named Cerberus. See more »

Goofs

In the original version, when Sephiroth beats down Cloud, Cloud is resting against a wall. Just before Sephiroth stabs him, notice Cloud's ear and turtle neck. His turtle neck goes through his ear. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Elena: Tseng! Look at this.
Tseng: Pay dirt.
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Crazy Credits

For the first half of the credits, the credits are formed by a bunch of letters joining together. In the second half of the credits, when the video comes on, the credits spiral upwards towards the screen in English with the Japanese credits moving sideways besides the English credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

'Advent Children Complete' contains 26 minutes of additional footage. This includes:
  • An opening scene with Kadaj talking to Rufus and asking why humanity even bothers to continue on.
  • Marlene's opening monologue features new effects for the Lifestream, Meteor, and the background fire for Sephiroth.
  • Numerous new shots have been added to the introduction to Edge City, including a scene showing a man dying from Geostigma in an alley while some children watch.
  • A new radio voice-over during Tifa's opening scene.
  • When Cloud first meets with Rufus, a scene is shown from Elena's point of view, which explains what happened when Reno's helicopter landed in North Cave and where Kadaj and his brothers originally came from.
  • A small scene between Reno and Rude, where Reno wonders if they'll ever be forgiven for the things they did for Shinra in the past, and if they'll be able to find Tseng and Elena.
  • A flashback showing how Denzel first met Cloud.
  • As the girl with the moogle is carrying her brother through the streets, some people try to help her, but when they see that her brother is in the advanced stages of Geostigma, they back away. She drops her moogle and Denzel picks it up and holds it out to her. She angrily takes it back and continues on.
  • Extended flashback sequence of Zack, including his death, where he tells Cloud, "You'll be my living legacy," and gives him the Buster Sword.
  • Dirt, blood, and bruises are added to Tifa's fight with Loz.
  • The young girl later apologizes for getting angry with Denzel, and tells him that her brother is dead. She then notices that he is infected with Geostigma, and tells him that someone has found a way to cure it, taking him to where the children are being loaded into the back of Yazoo's truck.
  • Another flashback, where Cloud puts Denzel on his bike and leaves the church.
  • A scene of Denzel and the girl talking in the back of the truck.
  • When Kadaj loads his new materia in the Forgotten City, he tries it out by destroying a tree, scaring Marlene and shocking Loz.
  • A scene of Cloud and Marlene arriving back in Edge City, where she asks him why he left and whether or not there is a cure for Geostigma.
  • Dirt, blood, and bruises are added to Reno and Rude's fight with Kadaj, Yazoo and Loz.
  • A scene where Denzel defeats one of the monsters by breaking a fire hydrant which shoots out a stream of water.
  • During the fight between Tifa and the monsters, Cloud rushes in to save her and Denzel at the last minute.
  • During the chase out of Edge, Reno and Rude's helicopter crashes and they are picked up by Elena and Tseng.
  • The fight between Cloud and Sephorith is longer, and includes a scene where Sephiroth stabs Cloud in the stomach and holds him in the air on his blade, mirroring the famous scene in the game. A lot of blood has also been added.
  • During the battle with Sepiroth, Cloud has a vision of Zack.
  • After the battle, all the children of Edge afflicted with Geostigma receive a phone-call telling them to go to the Sector 5 church.
  • After the credits roll, Cloud takes Denzel to the cliff where Zack was killed. Flowers are growing on the spot Zack died, and Denzel asks if it is a grave. Cloud says no, that it is where a hero began his journey. We then cut to the altar of the church, where the Buster Sword has been restored and placed in Aeris' flowerbed.
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Connections

Followed by Final Fantasy Type-0 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Promised Land
Lyrics by Tetsuya Nomura
Latin Translation by Taro Yamashita
Composed by Nobuo Uematsu
Arranged and conducted by Kenichiro Fukui
Recorded & mixed by Toru Kamekawa (uncredited)
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SPECTACULAR *Victory Music*
12 September 2005 | by sandipbharjSee all my reviews

Yes I AM a FF7 fan, but how many people who watch this movie are NOT going to be? And so, I'm reviewing this movie from a FF7 fan perspective, and with no regret. (I would not know how to adequately review the movie for someone who has not played the FF7 game.)

Visuals - 10/10 I loved Advent Children. It's a sensory delight - a complete audio-video overload. The visuals were breathtaking: some feats were accomplished that I would simply have not quite thought possible with an animated feature. When the action scenes came about, they were, for lack of a more accurate word, a roller-coaster. With dramatic camera movement sweeping across from range to range, to seamlessly integrated bullet-time effects at the crucial moments, to the sheer level of detail - it's all hard to fault. The animation looks big budget, the style and imagery is awesome, and the effects at times made me forget that I was watching animation rather than live action footage. I could ramble on for hours repeating myself on the fantastic quality of the visuals, but it simply wouldn't do it any justice.

Sound - 10/10 The sound was fabulous. The voices for all the characters didn't disappoint (no one sounded silly) and the sound effects were bold and sharp. The music - from the game that (in my opinion) had the best game soundtrack EVER, transfered beautifully to the movie. Most of the memorable themes from the game are present in the movie, albeit often using different instruments to fit in better with what's going on. There was some bolder rock and slight thrash metal music over the really intense action scenes from time to time, but it all fitted in well with the movie's situation at the corresponding time.

Story - 7/10 The story and characters would be the main flaws of the movie. Both aspects were simply not up to par with the game - but then again, the game could spend 40+ hours developing these points - the movie only has about 90 minutes. As far as the story goes, the plot wasn't bad or anything, but just not as ambitious as was expected from someone who played the game through. In effect, the plot seemed rather weak in comparison. The game was so extravagant with the intricate plot twists and story progression/development, that the movie never really stood a chance to compete in the same league. Instead, the movie took the more sensible approach - to expand on the action and try to place as many inside-jokes and themes into itself instead of trying to impossibly recreate the massive story factor, which was originally such a driving force in the game. The lack of Materia usage also caused me some controversy - the story of the movie chose to use little (though not ZERO) Materia, and instead lots of supernatural fighting ability and skill. I would hope that if a sequel was made it would incorporate Materia much much more extravagantly and importantly into the film. There were also many plot holes in the movie - all which can be forgiven if you think of Advent Children as a random anime, but seem ridiculous when you realise how it was based on a game that executed plot tremendously well.

Characters - 7/10 The characters, whilst all being present in one form or another, don't necessarily shine to their true potential. There simply isn't really enough movie-time to spend with all of them. And so, all of their background stories and abilities are not entirely showcased, and in some cases, barely at all (Red and Cait Sith leave absolutely no real lasting impressions). Even Cloud, who is the focal point of the movie, I feel doesn't use enough of his familiar abilities from the game. The Materia issue is a strong reason for this. With that said, it's a joy to see the cast back in action, even if it's in such a role that doesn't utilise them to their fullest. The new characters were the ones that caused me most of the strife however - the Bad Guy Trio and the kid dude Denzel - there was a huge lack of explanation about any of them. Anyone willing to use their imagination can probably fill in the blanks with something reasonable and be done with it, but objectively speaking the issue is still there to be commented on and is therefore a little disappointing.

Value - 10/10 The replay value for this movie is excellent - I personally want to watch it again in a more bigger and louder way - bigger screen, louder volume.

Enjoyment - 10/10 Whatever the flaws of the movie, they simply weren't big enough to hinder my enjoyment of it, and I honestly think that will be the same case for most people. I enjoyed Advent Children tremendously, and encourage fellow FF7 fans to go see it.


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