Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light

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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light
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Theatrical release poster
Japanese遊戯王デュエルモンスターズ 光のピラミッド
HepburnYūgiō Dyueru Monsutāzu Hikari no Piramiddo
LiterallyYu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Pyramid of Light
Directed byHatsuki Tsuji
Produced byLloyd Goldfine
Katia Milani
Michael Pecerlello
Written byMichael Pecerlello
Norman J. Grossfeld
Based onYu-Gi-Oh!
by Kazuki Takahashi
StarringEnglish:
Dan Green
Eric Stuart
Scottie Ray
Wayne Grayson
Frank Frankson
Amy Birnbaum
Tara Jayne
Maddie Blaustein
Darren Dunstan
Japanese:
Shunsuke Kazama
Kenjiro Tsuda
Hidehiro Kikuchi
Maki Saito
Junko Takeuchi
Tadashi Miyazawa
Jiro J. Takasugi
Narrated byCharles Rocket
Masanori Ikeda[1] (Japanese version only)
Music byElik Alvarez
Joel Douek
Freddy Sheinfeld
Production
company
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • 13 August 2004 (2004-08-13) (United States)
  • 3 November 2004 (2004-11-03) (Japan)
Running time
89 minutes[2] (US release)
101 minutes (Japanese release)
CountryUnited States
Japan
LanguageEnglish
Japanese
BudgetUS$20 million[3]
Box office$29.2 million (US only)[4]

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light, later released in Japan as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Pyramid of Light (遊戯王デュエルモンスターズ 光のピラミッド, Yūgiō Dyueru Monsutāzu Hikari no Piramiddo, lit. "Game King Duel Monsters: Light Pyramid"), or simply Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie, is a 2004 Japanese-American animated adventure fantasy film produced by 4Kids Entertainment based on the Japanese manga and anime Yu-Gi-Oh!.[5] It stars the cast of the Yu-Gi-Oh! television series in a new adventure that takes place between the third and fourth seasons of the show.

The film was first released in United States theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures under their Warner Bros. Family Entertainment label on 13 August 2004.[6][5] The film was released in theaters in Japanese by Toho on 3 November 2004 and aired on TV Tokyo on 2 January 2005. A remastered version of the film was released in theaters in 2018 on 11 and 12 March in the US,[7][8] 25, 28 April, and 29 in Canada[9] and 13 June in the United Kingdom.[10]

Plot[edit]

Five thousand years ago, an unnamed heroic Pharaoh imprisoned Anubis, the Egyptian lord of the dead, after he tried to destroy the world by persuading the kings to play the mysterious Shadow Games. In the present day, Anubis' tomb is uncovered by archaeologists, amazed with his strongest and most valuable treasure: the Pyramid of Light. A devastating spiritual force unleashes from the relic and liberates the Egyptian sorcerer. Anubis, now free, intends to conclude his plan.

Meanwhile, the Battle City Finals have recently concluded, and young Yugi Muto has achieved international fame by defeating his arch-rival Seto Kaiba and obtaining the three legendary God Cards: Slifer the Sky Dragon, Obelisk the Tormentor, and the Winged Dragon of Ra. Kaiba, determined to defeat Yugi once and for all, turns to Pegasus, the creator of Duel Monsters, in order to obtain any new cards designed to defeat the almighty God Cards. Pegasus tells Kaiba that he has a card he is looking for, but will only give it to Kaiba if he can beat him in a duel. Kaiba defeats Pegasus and claims two cards, one of which was secretly planted by Anubis.

Meanwhile, Yugi and Téa go to the local museum where Anubis' corpse and the Pyramid of Light are on display. They meet up with Yugi's grandpa Solomon, who reads a foreboding prophecy:

The eye that sees what's yet to come
Its vision shall be fulfilled
Unless blinded by events predetermined
Thus light and shadows both be killed

It is then that the vengefully dark spirit of Anubis attacks the group, with Yugi having a vision of Anubis himself manipulating Kaiba and his closest friend the Pharaoh being hurt in a Shadow Game. He awakens to find Anubis and the Pyramid of Light missing. Kaiba's younger brother Mokuba arrives, and Yugi is taken to Kaiba's duel dome with his friends Joey and Tristan in pursuit. Kaiba arrogantly and ignorantly forces Yami Yugi into a duel, unaware that Anubis is manipulating him into using one of the two new cards, Pyramid of Light, which covers the field in a huge replica of the actual pyramid and destroys the God Cards. Yugi, Joey and Tristan are sucked into the pyramid while Mokuba flees the crumbling building.

Yugi, Joey, and Tristan awaken within the Millennium Puzzle, finding Anubis' tomb within. Anubis reveals that his monsters will destroy the modern world. Yami Yugi and Kaiba continue their duel, each blow to their in-game Life Points draining away their physical energy. To make matters worse, Kaiba's Deck Destruction Virus sends more than half of Yami's deck to the Graveyard, leaving him with barely any cards, and attacks from his Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon and Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon (his second new card), both with 4500 Attack Points, drop Yami's Life Points to 200. Pegasus figures out what is going on and arrives in a helicopter to rescue Téa, Solomon, and Mokuba. Téa sends her soul into the Millennium Puzzle to aid Yugi, Joey and Tristan. Yugi finds the Dagger of Fate within Anubis' tomb, and uses it to destroy the all-seeing eye, as predicted by the prophecy.

When Kaiba deviates from Anubis' plan and attempts to destroy the Pyramid of Light, Anubis materializes, casts him aside, and takes command of the duel. Yami, reunited with Yugi, destroys the Pyramid of Light card with Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon and then uses Kaiba's planned strategy to summon the God Cards and end the duel by destroying Anubis.

However, Anubis transforms into a monster and allows any monster to become real when summoned. This proves to be his undoing when Yugi and Yami summon Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon to beat Anubis with ease, ultimately destroying the Egyptian God of Death and Chaos for good. An injured Kaiba departs with Mokuba, with the promise to defeat Yugi next time they meet. Yugi thanks the spirit of Yami, and his three best friends for their strong enduring friendship which makes one a true winner.

Voice cast[edit]

Character Voice Actor (Japanese) Voice Actor (English)
Yugi Muto / Yami Yugi Shunsuke Kazama Dan Green
Seto Kaiba Kenjiro Tsuda Eric Stuart
Anubis Kōji Ishii Scottie Ray
Joey Wheeler Hiroki Takahashi Wayne Grayson
Tristan Taylor Hidehiro Kikuchi Frank Frankson
Téa Gardner Maki Saito Amy Birnbaum
Mokuba Kaiba Junko Takeuchi Tara Jayne
Solomon Muto Tadashi Miyazawa Maddie Blaustein
Maximillion Pegasus Jiro J. Takasugi Darren Dunstan

Soundtrack[edit]

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Released10 August 2004
Recorded2004
GenreRock, pop, hip hop
Length44:46
LabelWarner Bros. Records, RCA
ProducerJohn Siegler, Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Paul "DJ White Shadow" Blair, Eddie Montilla, Jean Rodriguez, Wayne Sharp, Shep Goodman, Kenny Gioia, Herminio Quiroz, Ron Riley, Russell Velázquez, Jen Scaturro, Julian Schwartz, Jake Siegler, Alex Walker
Yu-Gi-Oh! chronology
Yu-Gi-Oh! Music to Duel By
(2002)
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie Soundtrack
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[11]

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie Soundtrack feature various vocal artists (most notably The Black Eyed Peas, who contributed the song "For the People"). It was released on 10 August 2004, on RCA on Audio CD and Compact Cassette.[12] The score for the film was never released.[citation needed]

No.TitleWriter(s)Performer(s)Length
1."You're Not Me"John SieglerMarty Bags3:16
2."For the People"Will Adams, Taz Arnold, Paul "DJ White Shadow" Blair, Jamie A. Dávila "Tame" Gómez, Shafiq HusaynThe Black Eyed Peas4:01
3."One Card Short"John Siegler"
"
James Chatton3:50
4."Step Up"Eddie Montilla, Paul "DJ White Shadow" BlairJean Rodriguez3:53
5."Shadow Games"Paul "DJ White Shadow" Blair, Wayne SharpeTrixie Reiss3:32
6."It's Over"Paul "DJ White Shadow" BlairFatty Koo3:49
7."Blind Ambition"Russel VelazquezThe Deleted3:18
8."The Great Pretender"Jon FrederikThe Jon Frederik Band3:14
9."How Much Longer"Jen ScaturroJen Scaturro3:12
10."U Better Fear Me"Russel Velazquez, Paul "DJ White Shadow" BlairThe Deleted4:17
11."Power Within"Wayne Sharpe, Paul "DJ White Shadow" BlairDan Metreyeon3:09
12."Believe In"Paul "DJ White Shadow" Blair, Jake Siegler, Alex (Llocks) WalkerSkwib3:07
13."Yu-Gi-Oh! Theme" Paul "DJ White Shadow" Blair2:07

Production[edit]

The English-language version of the film retains most of the regional changes made to the TV show, like the use of different character names (for instance, the character known in Japan as "Anzu Mazaki" is named "Téa Gardner" in other markets). Unlike the regular series, the trading cards seen in the film actually look like their real-life counterparts; the English-language series would normally edit them to alter their appearance.

The version of the film released in Japan featured twelve minutes of additional animation. It utilized the characters' original names, along with the original soundtrack and sound effects heard in the Japanese version of the television series.

Promotion[edit]

Attendees of the premiere got 2 of 4 free Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game cards (Pyramid of Light, Sorcerer of Dark Magic, Watapon, and Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon) when filmgoers purchased tickets for the film.

Release[edit]

Box office[edit]

Yu-Gi-Oh! - The Movie: Pyramid of Light opened at 2,411 screens across the U.S. and made a theater screen average of $3,934. By the end of the weekend, it made $9,485,494 and place #4 on the Box Office Top 10 behind Collateral, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, and AVP: Alien Vs. Predator, which took the #1 position. It is currently the #3 Japanese animated film in the US Box Office, after Pokémon: The First Movie and Pokémon 2000.[13] The film grossed $19,765,868 in the United States and Canada, with only $29,170,410 worldwide,[4] making it a severe disappointment compared to the first three Pokémon films dubbed by the same company, which were highly successful, with a total worldwide gross of $363 million.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

The film was met with an overwhelmingly poor reception from critics. Rotten Tomatoes ranked the film 68th in the "100 worst reviewed films of the 2000s", with a rating of 5%, based on 65 reviews. The criticism was much like that of the Pokémon films. It was only appropriate for fans of the franchise. The consensus reads "Don't watch the TV show or play the card game? Then this movie is not for you."[14] The film was also the lowest rated animated film on Metacritic (until it was surpassed by 2017's The Emoji Movie), with an average of 15 out of 100 meaning "overwhelming dislike", based on 18 reviews.[15] On Rotten Tomatoes, it is the second lowest rated animated film of the 2000s behind Happily N'Ever After.

Fathom Events Re-releases[edit]

On 1 February 2018, it was announced by Fathom Events and 4K Media that the film would be getting a remastered re-release in 800 American theaters through 11 to 12 March.[7]

In October 2018, a trailer for the Remasters preview for the current Yu-Gi-Oh anime, Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, was shown alongside the film, in which the Yu Gi Oh Film is on Blu Ray, which came out on 8 October 2018.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie" (in Japanese). TV Tokyo. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Yu-Gi-Oh! - The Movie - Pyramid of Light". bbfc.co.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Yu-Gi-Oh (2004) - Financial Information". Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light at Box Office Mojo
  5. ^ a b "YU-GI-OH!: The Movie To Premiere August 13 4Kids Entertainment, In Association With Shueisha, TV Tokyo And Nihon ADSystems,Teams With Warner Brothers Pictures For YU-GI-OH! Motion Picture" (PDF). .4kidsentertainment.com. 9 March 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 June 2006. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Yu-gi-oh! The Movie". Warner Bros. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Yu-Gi-Oh: The Movie Remastered Re-release". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  8. ^ Ressler, Karen (1 February 2018). "Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie to screen again in U.S. theaters". Anime News Network. Retrieved 11 June 2018. Fathom Events announced on Thursday that it will screen Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie in United States theaters on March 11 and March 12.
  9. ^ Mateo, Alex (13 March 2018). "Cineplex lists Canadian Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie screenings". Anime News Network. Retrieved 11 June 2018. Cineplex is listing the remastered version of Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie screenings in Canadian theaters on April 25, April 28, and April 29.
  10. ^ "Yu-Gi-Oh!". Manga Entertainment. 2018. Retrieved 11 June 2018. In cinemas Wednesday 13th June
  11. ^ "Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie - Original Soundtrack - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Yu-Gi-Oh: The Movie". 13 August 2004. Retrieved 14 March 2017 – via Amazon.
  13. ^ "Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D's U.S. Theatrical Run Dated for February–March". Anime News Network. 22 November 2010.
  14. ^ "Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie". rottentomatoes.com. 7 August 2004. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  15. ^ "Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic.
  16. ^ "Yu-Gi-Oh: The Movie Remastered Release on Blu Ray". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved 8 October 2018.

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