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A pamphlet went on sale at movie theaters across Japan when Pocket Monsters The Movie "Lord of the "Unknown" Tower ENTEI" & "Pichu and Pikachu" was released. This page translates key portions of the Japanese language guide into English.
Please remember that this pamphlet was printed on July 8th, 2000 when reading the translations below.
The pamphlet begins with a message from Supervisor Ishihara Tsunekazu.
The Pokemon movie season is upon us once again!
This year's movie stars new pokemon from the world of Gold & Silver.
On top of that, Mewtwo continues to Strike Back.
The second movie, Revelation Lugia, is being released in the U.S. at around the same time as Lord of the "Unknown" Tower ENTEI, the third movie in the series, is coming out here in Japan. And on top of that, the first movie, Mewtwo Strikes Back, is currently playing throughout Europe. Mewtwo Strikes Back started being released throughout Europe at the beginning of this April, one country after the other, but there are still a lot of places like Iceland and Cyprus that are still waiting. In Japan Mewtwo Strikes Back was released in over three hundred movie theaters but in America the number of theaters surpassed three thousand. And over in Europe, the movie was screened in 639 theaters in France, 712 in Germany, 635 in the U.K., and 250 in Spain. As of this writing the movie has been enjoyed in more than 35 countries worldwide. The overall number of screens the film has been shown on is around 6,000 and the number of people who have seen it is around 30 million. Of course there have been other movies that have been shown on a worldwide scale like this but Mewtwo Strikes Back is, without a doubt, the first Japanese movie to accomplish this wonderful achievement. The number of Pokemon Cards given out in various languages as part of each country's promotional campaign has surpassed 25 million. Will Revelation Lugia be able to outdo its predecessor? And will this film, Lord of the "Unknown" Tower ENTEI be able to do even better? We're all pumped up with anticipation.
Every time we make one of these we try to outdo the records set by its predecessor and since this is the Pokemon movies we're talking about my personal expectation is that this film will be able to do so without any problem. Every time we make one of these movies we make new discoveries and find new ways to be creative and since this is the Pokemon movies we're talking about this film should be able to surpass its predecessors. Please enjoy the beautiful Unknown's wild dancing and the powerful Entei', as well as the roles that Satoshi, his mother, and Mii all play!
The next eight pages consists of screenshots from the film and a story synopsis. I assume those of you reading this already know the story of the movie so I'll skip ahead.
After that is a two-page section called "Secrets of the Crystal World" (結晶世界の秘密) which has the film's director, Yuyama Kunihiko, explaining various parts of the film.
Here's what he has to say:
The Pokemon movies are family films watched by both children and their parents. Therefore, we try to make each film enjoyable for the parents accompanying their children to the theater by focusing on specific themes. The theme of this year's movie is - you guessed it! - the bond between parent and child. This time we especially wanted to present a movie that focuses on fatherhood. Father's Day isn't celebrated as vigorously when compared to Mother's Day and for some reason fathers tend to have a smaller presence in their families' lives. Regardless, fathers work hard night and day for their families and so we put this perseverance into Entei.
The Crystal World
The crystallized world is created by the Unknown in response to what's in Mii's heart. Since it's a reflection of what's inside Mii's heart we designed it to be this fantastic world with all these girly elements like candies and frills. One of the tools we used to bring this never-before-seen crystallized world to life was CG (computer graphics). Please enjoy images that have never been seen before in animation.
To our audience
One of the big themes of Pokemon is "communication." Appreciating one another, looking up the things you don't understand, and then accepting them. If everyone can do that then these new worlds they're introduced to will grow bigger and bigger. The theme of this movie is the bond between parents and their children...we'd be happy if you think about how you communicate with those closest to you as a parent and child.
The next two pages feature comments from the special guest voice actors and a bio for the performer of the film's ending theme. The lyrics to said ending theme are also provided.
The biographical information / comments are as follows:
The rest of the pamphlet contains a list of the end credits followed by advertisements for various movie tie-in merchandise.
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