Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie

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Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie
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Directed byHayato Date
Produced byMakoto Shiraishi
Naoji Hōnokidani
Written byYuka Miyata
Story byMasashi Kishimoto
StarringJunko Takeuchi
Chie Nakamura
Toshiyuki Morikawa
Emi Shinohara
Music byYasuharu Takanashi
CinematographyAtsuho Matsumoto
Edited bySeiji Morita
Yukie Oikawa
Yuichi Ono
Production
company
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • July 28, 2012 (2012-07-28)
Running time
109 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Box office¥1.48 billion (US$17.9 million)

Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie is a 2012 Japanese animated film based on Masashi Kishimoto's manga and anime series.[1] It was released in Japan on July 28, 2012.[2][3] The band Asian Kung-Fu Generation performed the theme song "Sore de wa, Mata Ashita" (それでは、また明日, lit. "Well Then, See You Tomorrow").[4] Both the single CD and the film's soundtrack were released on July 25, 2012.[5][6] The first 1.5 million film was given for the Motion Comic: Naruto DVD.[7] The movie's events take place between episodes 219 and 220 of the series, with episode 331 as a prequel to the movie storyline.

Plot[edit]

Naruto and the leaf ninja drive off a group of White Zestu posing as fallen Akatsuki members, Naruto feeling lonely over seeing his friends' impressed families while finding Sakura Haruno arguing with her parents. When Sakura later uses Naruto as an excuse to avoid her parents after he got into an argument with Iruka Umino, the two are confronted by Tobi who subjects them to a deluded version of the Infinite Tsukuyomi: The Limited Tsukuyomi (限定月読, Gentei Tsukuyomi). Naruto and Sakura end up in a genjutsu-based reality filled with polar opposites of their friends which reflect their desires: namely a version of Sasuke Uchiha who remained in the village and Naruto's parents are alive while Sakura's have been dead for years. Naruto and Sakura also learn of a masked ninja attacking jinchuriki who is after the Red Moon Scroll which Jiraiya sacrificed his life in sending to Tsunade for safe keeping.

While Naruto was more focused on returning to their reality before deciding to take in having a family, Sakura enjoyed being an orphan until the loneliness starts getting to her along with the antics of the reality's Sasuke. The village is then attacked by the masked ninja, revealed to be an ally of an incorporeal Tobi as he abducts Sakura to hold ransom for the Red Moon Scroll. Realizing the genjutsu parents are not like his own, Naruto takes the Red Moon Scroll while running to save Sakura and face the masked ninja. Naruto is overpowered by the masked ninja and his Nine Masked Beasts, when saved by the Genjutsu version of Itachi and Akatsuki. While the Akatsuki dispatch the Masked Beasts, Naruto battles the masked ninja who is revealed to be his Genjutsu world counterpart: Menma (メンマ). Menma absorbs the defeated masked beasts to manifest the Black Nine-Tails, with the Nine-Tails making a temporary truce with Naruto, to defeat its counterpart. But this all played to Tobi's plan as he possesses Menma so he can personally extract the weakened Nine-Tails while completely wiping Naruto's mind. Sakura saves Naruto before the Nine-Tails is extracted and Naruto is inadvertently reminded of a memory, that allows him to regain the rest of his memories just in time to save Sakura, and he then manages to force Tobi out of Menma and undo the Limited Tsukuyomi. Once back in their reality, after informing Tsunade of their ordeal, Sakura reunites with her parents while Naruto makes amends with Iruka while realizing that he already has a family in his friends.

Voice cast[edit]

Character Japanese voice English voice
Naruto Uzumaki / Menma Junko Takeuchi Maile Flanagan
Sakura Haruno Chie Nakamura Kate Higgins
Minato Namikaze Toshiyuki Morikawa Tony Oliver
Kushina Uzumaki Emi Shinohara Laura Bailey
Tobi Naoya Uchida Neil Kaplan
Hinata Hyuga Nana Mizuki Stephanie Sheh
Rock Lee Yōichi Masukawa Brian Donovan
Neji Hyuga Kōichi Tōchika Steve Staley
Tenten Yukari Tamura Danielle Judovits
Kiba Inuzuka Kōsuke Toriumi Kyle Hebert
Shino Aburame Shinji Kawada Derek Stephen Prince
Shikamaru Nara Showtaro Morikubo Tom Gibis
Choji Akimichi Kentarō Itō Robbie Rist
Ino Yamanaka Ryōka Yuzuki Colleen Villard
Jiraiya Hōchū Ōtsuka David Lodge
Tsunade Masako Katsuki Debi Mae West
Shizune Keiko Nemoto Megan Hollingshead
Sasuke Uchiha Noriaki Sugiyama Yuri Lowenthal
Sai Satoshi Hino Ben Diskin
Kakashi Hatake Kazuhiko Inoue Dave Wittenberg
Might Guy Masashi Ebara Skip Stellrecht
Iruka Umino Toshihiko Seki Quinton Flynn
Choza Akimichi Nobuaki Fukuda Michael Sorich
Inoichi Yamanaka Daiki Nakamura Kyle Hebert
Tsume Inuzuka Seiko Fujiki Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Kizashi Haruno Yasunori Matsumoto Steven Blum
Mebuki Haruno Kazue Ikura Kate Higgins
Itachi Uchiha Hideo Ishikawa Crispin Freeman
Kisame Hoshigaki Tomoyuki Dan Kirk Thornton
Deidara Katsuhiko Kawamoto Roger Craig Smith
Hidan Masaki Terasoma Chris Edgerly
Kakuzu Takaya Hashi Fred Tatasciore
Zetsu Nobuo Tobita Travis Willingham
Gamabunta Hiroshi Naka Michael Sorich
Gamariki Toshiharu Sakurai Dave Wittenberg
Kurama Tesshō Genda Paul St. Peter

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

The film debuted in the Japanese box office third earning US$3,799,276.[8] On August 14, 2012, Yahoo announced grossed sales of over ¥1 billion (US$12.7 million) and the rate was expected to be the highest-grossing film surpassing Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (1.37 billion yen/US$17.4 million). Masashi Kishimoto drew Naruto and Menma to commemorate the film's achievement.[9] Road to Ninja became the highest grossing Naruto film making ¥ 1.46 billion (US$18.3 million) between its opening on July 28 and September 23,[7] but it was surpassed by The Last: Naruto the Movie.[10] In 2012, the film made ¥ 1.48 billion and ranked 29th among the Japanese box office films, including live action ones.[11] In the Philippines, the film earned a total grossed amount of $123,613.00 (PhP 5,068,627) on its 2-week run.[12]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 25, 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Naruto: Road to Ninja Film's Story, Designs Penned by Kishimoto". Anime News Network. March 21, 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2012.
  2. ^ Next Naruto Shippūden Film Set for Summer 2012
  3. ^ "Road to Ninja – Naruto the Movie". ElevenArts. Archived from the original on 2014-10-28. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
  4. ^ "Asian Kung-Fu Generation to Perform New Naruto Film's Theme". Anime News Network. June 20, 2012. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  5. ^ "Sore de wa, Mata Ashita". Sony Music Japan. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
  6. ^ "CD". Aniplex. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Road to Ninja Is Highest Grossing Naruto Film". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  8. ^ "Japanese Box Office, July 28–29". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
  9. ^ "劇場版『Naruto』公開17日目で10億円突破 シリーズ最高記録へ好発進" (in Japanese). Yahoo. August 14, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ ""The Last -Naruto The Movie-" Becomes the Top-Grossing Film in the Franchise". Crunchyroll. January 11, 2015. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  11. ^ "Movies With Box Office Gross Receipts Exceeding 1 Billion Yen". Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan, Inc.
  12. ^ "Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie earns $91,000 on its 1st week, Bluray and DVD on sale now". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2013-12-10.

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