Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie
|Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie|
|Directed by||Hayato Date|
|Written by||Yuka Miyata|
|Story by||Masashi Kishimoto|
|Music by||Yasuharu Takanashi|
¥1.48 billion(US$17.9 million)
Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie is a 2012 Japanese anime film, the ninth overall Naruto film and sixth Naruto Shippūden film. It was released in theaters in Japan on July 28, 2012 and made its debut in North American theaters on August 29, 2014. Series creator Masashi Kishimoto has supervised the movie. The film is set between the Kage Summit and the Fourth Great War arcs, the anime series having two episodes connected to the movie storyline, with Naruto and Sakura ending up in an alternate reality in a test version of Project Tsuki no Me where the former never lost his parents and many characters have different personalities. The band Asian Kung-Fu Generation performs the film's theme song "Sore de wa, Mata Ashita" (それでは、また明日?, lit. "Well Then, See You Tomorrow"). Both the single CD and the film's original soundtrack were released on July 25, 2012. The first 1.5 million movie-goers were given Motion Comic: Naruto, a DVD that shows scenes by Kishimoto. The film was released on November 25, 2014 by Viz Media on DVD & Blu-ray.
Naruto Uzumaki and his Hidden Leaf peers track and drive off members of the Akatsuki who should no longer be alive. While his friends are praised by their families, Naruto wallows in loneliness before he is taken by Sakura Haruno to the park to hear her complain about her parents. However, Naruto revealed to have been tagged by the Akatsuki, the two are ambushed by Tobi as he uses the Limited Tsukuyomi (限定月読 Gentei Tsukuyomi?) to transport them into an alternate reality based on their inner thoughts. Being called Menma (メンマ?), Naruto and Sakura are surprised to find their friends acting the exact opposite of their usual selves along with a flirty Sasuke who never left the village. While Sakura learns that her parents are dead with her father as the reality's Fourth Hokage, Naruto sees his parents, Minato and Kushina, alive and well. Shortly after, Naruto and Sakura participate in a mission to retrieve a Red Moon scroll which details on how to defeat a mysterious masked ninja. During the mission, Kushina is injured when she protects Naruto and dissuades the youth's refusal to bond with his parents.
After successfully retrieving the scroll, the masked man takes Sakura hostage and destroys a massive part of Konoha. While the Konoha ninja recuperate, Naruto leaves to exchange the Red Moon scroll for Sakura's life. He is joined by that reality's Akatsuki, led by Itachi, who were sent by Tsunade to act as Naruto's backup. A battle with the masked man reveals him to be the real Menma, Naruto's counterpart. Though Naruto is victorious over Menma, it turns out that Menma was acting under the influence of Tobi who proceeds to possess the youth's body to extract the Nine-Tails. Luckily, using the Red Moon scroll, Naruto purges Tobi from Menma and forces him to cancel the Limited Tsukuyomi. Menma, now freed, is tended to by Minato and Kushina while Naruto bids farewell to his parents before returning to his world with Sakura. Sakura apologizes to her parents, having experienced loneliness. At Naruto's apartment, Iruka Umino welcomes Naruto home with a cake, reminding Naruto that even though he does not have parents, he does have a family.
The film debuted in the Japanese box office third earning US$3,799,276. On August 14, 2012 Yahoo announced grossed sales of over ¥1 billion (US$12.7 million) and at that rate it was expected to surpass the then highest-grossing Naruto film, 2004's Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (1.37 billion yen/US$17.4 million). As a result, Kishimoto drew a picture of Naruto and the film antagonist Menma to commemorate the film's achievement. Road to Ninja was the highest grossing Naruto movie making ¥ 1.46 billion (US$18.3 million) between its opening on July 28 and September 23 before it was surpassed by The Last: Naruto the Movie in December 2014. For the year 2012, the movie made ¥ 1.48 billion and ranked 29th among Japanese movies in Box office including live action movies. In the Philippines, the movie earned a total grossed amount of $123,613.00 (PhP 5,068,627) on its 2-week run.
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