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While on their journey, Satoshi and his friends are heading to the nearest town with a Pokemon Center to let their battle-weary pokemon rest. The name of this town is Greenfield and it was supposed to be a peaceful resort area where one can relax...
However, in a large mansion lives an incredibly lonely girl named Mii. One night, Mii is arranging these strange alphabet cards left behind by her missing father Sully when the mysterious pokemon Unknown suddenly appear. Soon after the entirety of Greenfield is covered in these strange crystals! Satoshi and his friends are reacting to this sudden change when the legendary pokemon Entei appears before them and then takes Satoshi's mother back with it to the Crystal Tower! Mii calls this Entei "papa," so does that mean her father Sully has become an Entei...? Can Satoshi rescue his mother and restore peace to Greenfield!?
Satoshi and his mother, Entei and Mii, and the link between parent and child that cannot be lost...it's a Pokemon adventure of love and courage!
Satoshi and his friends have come to a big city! There, Pikachu meets the Pichu brothers - the mischievous younger brother and the more mild-mannered younger brother. Pikachu then notices that the younger brother is goofing off on the top of a highrise building! It ends up on the roof of a bus, dunked in a river, and catapulted onto the back of a Delvil! Pikachu and its friends chase the Delvil to a secret base made up of tires where the ruckus they cause brings the whole thing tumbling down! They call on the other pokemon in the area to come help and combine their powers to rebuild it. But now it's time to go back home! Pikachu, followed by the Pichu brothers, rush toward the building where Satoshi and his friends are waiting. Will Pikachu make it back in time?
The first idea the film's writer Shudou Takeshi had for the movie was very different from the movie that ended up being produced. The original idea was to have a real world dinosaur fossil discovered which would then open up questions about what happened to all the real world animals that used to inhabit the Pokemon world. This Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil was later going to come to life wreak havoc throughout the Kanto Region and it would have been up to Satoshi, his friends, and the Rocket-Dan to stop it. The main theme of the film would have been "What is this world that I'm in?"
You can read more about this version of the film and why it was rejected here.
The official English title for this movie in Japan, as seen on its title screen and various promotional materials, is "Lord of the "Unknown" Tower ENTEI" The title is not a translation of the Japanese title (that would be "The Lord of the Crystal Tower Entei") and instead just seems to be a title the movie producers thought would sound cool. The 4Kids dub ended up going with a completely different title altogether though an early promotional teaser for the film did use the original Japanese title.
The idea of the Unknown causing everything to turn into crystal comes from J.G. Ballard novel "The Crystal World." The two stories are completely different but screenplay author Shudou Takeshi liked the scenery depicted in the novel and wanted to see it brought to the big screen.
When Mr. Shudou heard that Takenaka Naoto had been cast as Entei he was ecstatic. Twenty years earlier Mr. Shudou had written the screenplay for the TV drama version of the popular manga New Tonda Couple (新・翔んだカップル) and had written one of the side characters with Mr. Takenaka in mind. The role was eventually given to somebody else and so the idea of finally getting to work with Mr. Takenaka after all these years was very exciting for Mr. Shudou.
Entei was purposefully written so that everything it says has meaning; it doesn't talk if it doesn't have anything important to say. One such line, "If that's what Mii wishes..." (ミーがそれを望むなら……), was written specifically with Entei's voice actor Takenaka Naoto in mind.
The mansion where Mii lives was based on the Cologne Cathedral in Germany, particularly its twin towers. Each of the towers in the movie represents a different version of Mii; the Mii from the fictional world she created and the Mii after she wakes up in the real world. The movie staff did not go to Germany for location scouting.
All 26 Unknown in the film have their own unique cries.
The pamphlet that went on sale at the time of the movie's release reveals Mii's age at various points in the movie. She's 5 years old throughout most of the film but she fights Takeshi she turns into an 18 year old. When she fights Kasumi she transforms again, this time into a 10 year old. Yajima Akiko performs the voice for all three versions of Mii.
Additionally, each room has its own theme. The room where Mii battles Takeshi is the "Spring Room" (春の部屋) and the room where she battles Kasumi is the "Summer Room" (夏の部屋). The room where Mii keeps Satoshi's mother turns into "Winter Room" (冬の部屋) after she screams when Satoshi arrives to take his mother back.
The Pikachu short is sorta-kinda banned in Japan following the arrest of Sakai Noriko. More information will be posted at a later date.
The production staff jokingly refer to this Pikachu short and the two that came before it as the "tug of war trilogy" since all three films feature scenes of the pokemon pulling on ropes for one reason or another.
Shudou Takeshi's Blog Number 212
"The Easy Parts of the Plot to Figure Out "Lord of the "Unknown" Tower ENTEI""
The "Data-Book" that came with the Pikachu the Movie Box 1998 - 2006 DVD box set
Lord of the "Unknown" Tower ENTEI and Pichu and Pikachu have seen a number of home releases between the two of them.
Detailed information about each home release will be available shortly.
Fans who purchased a pre-order ticket also received a poster featuring all (at the time) 251 pokemon.
This was also the first movie to give something out to everyone who watched the movie regardless of whether or not they bought a pre-order ticket. Everyone who bought a ticket received both a Kapoeira and a Pupuprin "Pokemon Card NEO" card.
No event pokemon were distributed at this time.
Gross-to-date: 4,800,005,000 yen
Number of Days in Theaters: 63 days
Ranking: 2 → 3 → 2 → 3 → 4 → 3 → 4 → 4 → 6 → Out of the top ten
Number of Days in Theaters: 66
Ranking: 4 → 8 → 15 → 23 → 28 → 37 → 55 → 44 → 57
Sources: Box Office Mojo
The manga adaptation of Lord of the "Unknown" Tower ENTEI was printed in booklet included in a summer 2000 issue of CoroCoro Comics.
It was never collected into graphic novel format and is therefore one of the most difficult manga to get a hold of.
A number of CDs were released specifically for this movie.
Detailed information about each home release will be available shortly.
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