The Illusionary
Conqueror, Zorro'ark






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Dogasu's Backpack | Movies & Specials Guide | DP Movie 04

Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl
Movie #4
The Illusionary Conqueror, Zorro'ark
幻影の覇者ゾロアーク

(The Illusionary Conqueror, Zorro'ark)

"Zoroark - Master of Illusions"

  Japanese Japanese  Japanese
Click on the posters to view the full-sized version.

Main Film Basic Synopsis

Crown City is a place where nature, old houses, and new buildings all exist together in harmony.  Satoshi and his friends are heading there to watch a tournament for a new sport, the Pokemon Baccer World Cup.  On the way, they meet Zorroa, a pokemon capable of transforming into other pokemon and humans.  The fox pokemon uses telepathy to tell them that it's looking for its friend, so Satoshi and his friends decide to accompany it to Crown City and help it out.

In the city, the legendary pokemon Celebi is spotted.  This is the first time Celebi has been in Crown City in twenty years.  Meanwhile, the city's legendary guardians are running amok, throwing the citizens into a panic!  People flee for their lives as Raikou's thunder, Entei's flames, and Suicune's deluges destroy the city!  Overseeing the destruction is the president of the Kohdai Network, Grings Kohdai.  He is controlling a pokemon named Zorro'ark, forcing it to use its ability to create illusions!  This Zorro'ark just happens to be the friend for whom Zorroa is searching.

Kohdai, the man who can see the future, is going after Celebi for his own evil purposes!  What in the world kind of secret power does Celebi possess?  What will happen to Crown City?  Will Zorroa be able to meet up with Zorro'ark?  Is Zorro'ark friend or foe?

Notes

For the fourth Diamond & Pearl film, director Yuyama Kunihiko went location hunting in Belgium and the Netherlands to look at the countries' greenery-covered towns and bridges.

Fans who bought an advanced ticket to the movie (sold between April 17th and July 9th) were able to choose between getting one of three shiny legendary beast for their Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, or SoulSilver games:  Raikou, Entei, or Suicune. 

Those who bring their Nintendo DS and a copy of one of the DS games (Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, or SoulSilver) can download Celebi during the film.

The movie's plot includes a sporting event known as the Pokemon Baccers World Cup (ポケモンバッカーワールドカップ).  Coincidentally (or not?), the 2010 FIFA World Cup wrapped up the day after this film was released in Japan.

Release/General Information

Japanese Premiere Date July 10th, 2010 (theatrical release)
Japanese Availability DVD (Japanese, main feature)
Domestic Premiere Date February 5th, 2011 (Cartoon Network)
Domestic Availability N/A
Closing Theme ア イスクリーム シンドローム
(Ice Cream Syndrome)
Performed by Sukima Switch
 
Main Staff
 
Original Story Tajiri Satoshi (田尻智)
Production Company Shogakukan Production
(小学館プロダクション)
Animation Production Company OLM
Executive Producers
Kubo Masakazu (久保雅一)
Itou Kenjirou (伊藤憲二郎)
Supervisor
Ishihara Tsunekazu (石原恒和)
Animation Supervisor
Kotabe Yuu'ichi (小田部羊一)
Director Yuyama Kunihiko (湯山邦彦)

For a detailed list of the entire staff of the film, click here.

Principal Cast

Satoshi Rika Matsumoto
松本梨香
Sarah Natochenny
Pikachu Ohtani Ikue
大谷育江
Ohtani Ikue
Takeshi Ueda Yuuji
うえだゆうじ
Bill Rogers
Hikari Toyoguchi Megumi
豊口めぐみ
Emily Jenness
Potchama
Kozakura Etsuko
小桜エツ子

???

Musashi Hayashibara Megumi
林原めぐみ
Michelle Knotz
Kojirou Miki Shin'ichirou
三木眞一郎
Billy Beach
Nyasu Inuyama Inuko
犬山イヌコ
Billy Beach

Zorro'ark
Paku Romi
朴 璐美

???
Zorroa
Mamiya Kurumi
間宮くるみ
???
Celebi Kugimiya Rie
釘宮理恵
???

Raikou
Konishi Katsuyuki
小西克幸

???
Entei Miyake Kenta
三宅健太
???
Suicune
Furushima Kiyotaka
古島清孝

???

Jou
Fujimoto Yuzuru
藤本 譲
???
Tomo
Satou Ai
さとうあい
???
Announcer
Masuda Kazuya
増田和也
???

Junsa
Nishimura Chinami
西村ちなみ
???
Joi
Yamaguchi Yuriko
山口由里子
???
Mimirol
Yukino Satsuki
雪野五月
???

Mumage
Inoue Kikuko
井上喜久子
???
Doumirror
Sakaguchi Daisuke
阪口大助
???
Mojumbo
Itou Miyako
伊東みやこ
???
Hassamu
Kanemitsu Nobuaki
金光宣明
???
Hassamu
Sakamaki Mitsuhiro
酒巻光宏
???
Dumbel
Suzuki Kyousuke
鈴木恭輔
???
Yarukimono
Eguchi Takuya
江口拓也
???
Zigzaguma
Sasaki Hiroo
佐々木啓夫
???
Kimawari
Teratani Mika
寺谷美香
???
Ledyba
Hara Sayuri
原紗友里
???
Popokko
Kojou Nozomi
古城 望
???
Upah
Asada Mie
朝田実依
???

Narration Ishizuka Unshou
石塚運昇
Rodger Parsons

Kohdai
Jin'nai Takanori
陣内孝則

???
Rioka
Katou Natsuki
加藤夏希
???
Kurt Tsukamoto Takashi
塚本高史
???

Goon
Yamadera Kou'ichi
山寺宏一

???
Proof
Nakagawa Shouko
中川翔子

???

Japanese Box Office Performance

Gross-to-date:  3,869,476,089 yen (as of August 31st, 2010)

The film opened in second place, being beaten by Toy Story 3.  The fourth Diamond & Pearl movie debuted in 369 screens across the country.  Rounding out the top three was Bayside Shakedown 3.

In its second weekend, the film dropped to fourth place.  The top movie for the weekend was Studio Ghibli's The Borrower Arrietty, followed by Toy Story 3 and Bayside Shakedown 3.

The film dropped to fifth place in its third weekend, with Inception taking the number one spot and The Borrower Arrietty, Toy Story 3, and Bayside Shakedown 3 all shifting down a spot.

The movie came in at sixth place on its fourth weekend.  The top five movies for the weekend were The Borrower Arrietty, Toy Story 3, Salt, Inception, and Bayside Shakedown 3.

On the movie's fifth weekend, The Illusionary Conqueror, Zorro'ark came in at seventh place.  The top six movies for the weekend were
The Borrower Arrietty, Toy Story 3, Kamen Rider Double Forever A to Z - The Gaia Memories of Fate, Salt, Inception, and Bayside Shakedown 3.

The movie kept its seventh place spot during its sixth week in theaters.  The top six movies for the weekend were
The Borrower Arrietty, Toy Story 3, The Karate Kid, Bayside Shakedown 3, The Sorceror's Apprentice, and Inception.

In its seventh week, the Zorro'ark movie slipped down to ninth place.  Beating it over the weekend were Hanamizuki,
The Borrower Arrietty, Toy Story 3, The A-Team, Theatrical Edition Metal Fight Beyblade vs. The Sun ~ The Scorching Hot Invader, Sol Blaze ~, The Karate Kid, Kamen Rider Double Forever A to Z - The Gaia Memories of Fate, and Inception.

In week eight, the movie went back up to seventh place, most likely due to it being the last weekend of the summer.  The top six movies for the weekend were Hanamizuki, The Borrower Arrietty, Toy Story 3, The Karate Kid, Theatrical Edition Metal Fight Beyblade vs. The Sun ~ The Scorching Hot Invader, Sol Blaze ~, and The A-Team.

A tally taken on July 12th, 2010 revealed that about two million pre-order tickets were purchased.

Sources

Yahoo! Movies (Japan) (opening weekend performance)
Eiga.com (box office figure for the movie's first week in theaters, pre-order ticket information, number of screens)
Cinema Today (box office figure for the movie's third, fourth, fifth, and eighth weeks in theaters)


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