Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street

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Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street
Detective Conan movie 6.jpg
Directed by Kanetsugu Kodama
Produced by Masahito Yoshioka (Tokyo Movie Shinsha)
Michihiko Suwa (Yomiuri TV)
Written by Hisashi Nozawa
Music by Katsuo Ono
Distributed by Toho
Release dates
April 20, 2002
Running time
107 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office ¥ 3.4 billion [1]
(US$ 34,4 million)

Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street, known as Detective Conan: The Phantom of Baker Street (名探偵コナン ベイカー街の亡霊 Meitantei Konan: Beikā Sutorīto no Bōrei?) in Japan, is the 6th Case Closed feature film, released in Japan on April 20, 2002. Phantom of Baker Street is the first film in the series written by Hisashi Nozawa. This was the last of the Detective Conan films done in traditional animation. It was released on February 16, 2010 in America on DVD.[2] This movie brought 3.4 billion yen in the box office.[3] The story features several characters from and references to the Sherlock Holmes series, which Detective Conan is heavily inspired by, and Jack the Ripper.

Plot[edit]

Child prodigy Hiroki Sawada—who, by the age of ten, is already a MIT grad student and has developed a DNA Tracker software—has been under the guardianship of Thomas Schindler, owner of the software giant Schindler, Inc., since his mother died. One night, in a heavily guarded room at the top of the Schindler building where Hiroki lives, he finishes an artificial intelligence system, Noah's Ark, and sends the software through the telephone lines. The guards become suspicious when he does not respond. They bust open the door, but discover that Hideki has disappeared, having leapt off the building.

Two years later, at the Beika City Hall, Schindler, Inc., holds a demonstration of an immersive virtual reality game called Cocoon. Conan, Richard, Rachel and the Junior Detectives (including Vi Graythorn) are attending the demonstration, but cannot participate without special badges, which have been allocated to children associated with the game's investors and prominent socialites such as Serena. Dr. Agasa and Booker Kudo, who have been involved in the development of the game's setting, attend the event. Agasa gives Conan a badge, while the other Junior Detective kids trade Premium Golden Yaiba Cards for badges.

When security discovers that Kashimura, a top employee of Schindler, Inc., has been killed. Booker and Conan rush to investigate. Discovering that Kashimura's keyboard has blood stains on three of the keys (R, T, and J), Conan decides to participate in the demonstration, hoping that the game would lead him to an answer. Booker reasons out that J-T-R stands for "Jack the Ripper".

When the demonstration begins, Hiroki's artificial intelligence system, Noah's Ark, announces it has taken control, but it tells the audience that if none of the fifty kids are able to survive the game, it will kill the kids in reality using a large electromagnetic burst. The kids must choose one of five types of games while the audience watch helplessly, unable to shut the game down. Conan and the Junior Detectives choose the fifth, a re-creation 19th century London set in the world of Sherlock Holmes. Conan and his friends track down 221B Baker Street, only to find that Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are at Dartmoor. Since Holmes cannot help, the kids find Sebastian Moran and Professor Moriarty. Moriarty tells Conan that he trained Jack the Ripper when Jack was a street urchin. The professor gives the children a clue about the next victim, who turns out to be Irene Adler, Holmes's only love. Some of the events lead to more kids being eliminated from the game, including the Junior Detectives. Meanwhile, in the real world, Booker investigates the case and reveals that Kashimura's murderer is the company's president, Thomas Schindler, who Hiroki had discovered was a descendant of the original Jack the Ripper.

Eventually only three are left: Conan, Rachel, and another child named Hideki Moroboshi. They follow Jack the Ripper to a train and reveals Jack among the passengers. However, Jack captures Rachel and sets the train on a runaway course. After being unable to stop the train, Conan and Hideki confront Jack on top of the train where he has tied himself to Rachel. Hoping that Conan can figure out the situation, Rachel sacrifices herself by jumping off the train and into a ravine, pulling Jack with her. As Conan begins to lose hope, Sherlock Holmes appears and gives Conan some useful advice that eventually helps Conan and Hideki survive the game. After winning the game, Conan reveals that Hideki is actually Hiroki, who has manifested himself as Noah's Ark. In a private conversation, Hiroki says he was satisfied with the outcome, as he was hoping the kids can paint a brighter future than their parents, and that he was happy he could also participate as a player in the game. He releases the children from the game and then erases himself.

Cast[edit]

Role Japanese actor American actor
Conan Edogawa Minami Takayama Alison Viktorin
Jimmy Kudo Kappei Yamaguchi Jerry Jewell
Richard Moore Akira Kamiya R. Bruce Elliot
Rachel Moore Wakana Yamazaki Colleen Clinkenbeard
Serena Sebastian Naoko Matsui Laura Bailey
Dr. Agasa Kenichi Ogata Bill Flynn
Booker Kudo Hideyuki Tanaka John Swasey
Amy Yeager Yukiko Iwai Monica Rial
Mitch Tennyson Ikue Ohtani Cynthia Cranz
George Kaminski Wataru Takagi Mike McFarland
Shiho Miyano/Vi Graythorn Megumi Hayashibara Brina Palencia
Inspector Meguire Chafurin Mark Stoddard
Officer Santos Kazuhiko Inoue Eric Vale
Officer Sato Atsuko Yuya Kate Oxley
Officer Takagi Wataru Takagi Doug Burks
Officer Chiba Isshin Chiba Chris Cason
Hiroki Sadawa Ai Orikasa Maxey Whitehead
Noboru Emori Rikako Aikawa Chris Cason
Colonel Moran Yuzuru Fujimoto Bradley Campbell
Mrs. Hudson Kei Hayami Emily Gray
Jack the Ripper Sho Hayami Todd Haberkorn
Tadaki Kashimura Hiroaki Hirata Robert McCollum
James Moriarty Kiyoshi Kobayashi Steve Powell
Hideki Moroboshi Megumi Ogata Luci Christian
Seichiro Kikukawa Mitsuki Saiga Mary Morgan
Irene Adler Sumi Shimamoto Melinda Allen
Shinya Takizawa Urara Takano Anastasia Munoz
Thomas Schindler Masane Tsukayama Spencer Prokpop
Noah's Ark Ai Orikasa Maxey Whitehead

Music[edit]

The movie's theme song is "Everlasting" by B'z. It was released on July 2, 2002 on their album, Green.[4]

The official soundtrack was released on April 17, 2002.[5] It costs ¥3059 including tax.

Home Media[edit]

VHS[edit]

The VHS of the movie was released April 9, 2003. [6] It was discontinued soon after 2006 as it was switched to DVD.

Region 2 DVD[edit]

The Region 2 DVD was released on December 18, 2002. The DVD includes the movie in widescreen and the trailer, and it costs ¥6090 including tax.[7]

Region 1 DVD[edit]

The Region 1 DVD was released on February 16, 2010. The DVD includes the movie with both English dub and Japanese dub with English subtitles. It costs $19.98.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Highest grossing movies of 2002" (in Japanese). Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan. Archived from the original on December 15, 2009. Retrieved May 13, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "Case Closed Movie 6: The Phantom of Baker Street DVD (Hyb)". RightStuf. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Highest grossing movies of 2002" (in Japanese). Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan. Archived from the original on December 15, 2009. Retrieved May 13, 2008. 
  4. ^ "B'z Official website - Discovery" (in Japanese). B'z. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Detective Conan: The Phantom of Baker Street Official Soundtrack" (in Japanese). amazon.co.jp. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Detective Conan: The Phantom of Baker Street VHS". Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved August 10, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Detective Conan:The Phantom of Baker Street DVD" (in Japanese). amazon.co.jp. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 

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