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
Directed by Hatsuki Tsuji
Produced by Lloyd Goldfine
Katia Milani
Michael Pecerlello
Written by Michael Pecerlello
Norman J. Grossfeld
Based on Yu-Gi-Oh!
by Kazuki Takahashi
Starring Dan Green
Eric Stuart
Scottie Ray
Wayne Grayson
Frank Frankson
Amy Birnbaum
Tara Jayne
Maddie Blaustein
Darren Dunstan
Narrated by Masanori Ikeda[1] (Japanese version only)
Music by Elik Alvarez
Joel Douek
Freddy Sheinfeld
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures (International)
Toho (Japan)
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)
Country United States
Language English
Budget US$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 American animated adventure fantasy film produced by 4Kids Entertainment based on the Japanese manga and anime Yu-Gi-Oh!.[5]

The film was first released in United States theaters by Warner Bros. Family Entertainment on August 13, 2004.[6][5] The characters are the same as the English release of the Duel Monsters television show and their names retain their regional changes (i.e., Téa is Anzu in the Japanese version and Téa in all other versions). Unlike the TV series, the cards retain their appearance to their real world counterparts in the English version. The film was released theatrically by Toho in Japan in November 3, 2004 and aired on TV Tokyo on January 2, 2005, which utilized the names, original sound effects and original soundtrack from the Japanese anime and featured twelve minutes of additional animation. Although the film takes place after the events of the third season of the anime, the film is not canon to the series and acts as an OVA.

A remastered version of the film was released in US theaters for a two-day-only event in March 2018.[7]


Five thousand years ago, a 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 most valuable treasure, the Pyramid of Light. A devastating spiritual force unleashes from the relic and liberates the Egyptian god. Anubis, now free, intends to conclude his plan.

Meanwhile, the Battle City Finals have recently concluded, and 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, turns to Pegasus, the creator of Duel Monsters, in order to obtain any new cards designed to defeat the 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 prophecy describing a clairvoyant eye which will prevent the world's destruction if blinded. Anubis' spirit attacks the group with Yugi having a vision of Anubis himself manipulating Kaiba and him in a Shadow Game. He awakens to find Anubis and the Pyramid of Light missing. Kaiba's 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 in the tomb 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 revealed his true form, The End of Anubis. This proves to be his undoing when Yugi and Yami summon Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon to destroy Anubis, defeating him for good. In the end, Kaiba departs promising to defeat Yugi, and Yugi thanks Yami and his friends for their companionship.

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


Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Yu-Gi-Oh!
Released August 10, 2004
Recorded 2004
Genre Rock, pop, hip hop
Length 44:46
Label Warner Bros. Records, RCA
Producer John 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! Music to Duel By2002
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie Soundtrack
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[8]

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 August 10, 2004, on RCA on Audio CD and Compact Cassette.[9] The score for the film was never released.[citation needed]

No. Title Writer(s) Performer(s) Length
1. "You're Not Me" John Siegler Marty Bags 3:16
2. "For the People" Will Adams, Taz Arnold, Paul "DJ White Shadow" Blair, Jamie A. Dávila "Tame" Gómez, Shafiq Husayn The Black Eyed Peas 4:01
3. "One Card Short" John Siegler"
James Chatton 3:50
4. "Step Up" Eddie Montilla, Paul "DJ White Shadow" Blair Jean Rodriguez 3:53
5. "Shadow Games" Paul "DJ White Shadow" Blair, Wayne Sharpe Trixie Reiss 3:32
6. "It's Over" Paul "DJ White Shadow" Blair Fatty Koo 3:49
7. "Blind Ambition" Russel Velazquez The Deleted 3:18
8. "The Great Pretender" Jon Frederik The Jon Frederik Band 3:14
9. "How Much Longer" Jen Scaturro Jen Scaturro 3:12
10. "U Better Fear Me" Russel Velazquez, Paul "DJ White Shadow" Blair The Deleted 4:17
11. "Power Within" Wayne Sharpe, Paul "DJ White Shadow" Blair Dan Metreyeon 3:09
12. "Believe In" Paul "DJ White Shadow" Blair, Jake Siegler, Alex (Llocks) Walker Skwib 3:07
13. "Yu-Gi-Oh! Theme"   Paul "DJ White Shadow" Blair 2:07


Attendees of the premiere got 1 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.


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.[10] 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.

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 consensus reads "Don't watch the TV show or play the card game? Then this movie is not for you."[11] 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.[12] On Rotten Tomatoes, it is the second lowest rated animated film of the 2000s behind Happily N'Ever After.

Fathom Events Re-release[edit]

On February 1, 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 March 11 to 12.[13] An English dub preview for the current Yu-Gi-Oh anime, Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, will be shown alongside the film.


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  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. March 9, 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 June 2006. Retrieved August 24, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Yu-gi-oh! The Movie". Warner Bros. Retrieved 2015-10-29. 
  7. ^ "Yu-Gi-Oh: The Movie Remastered Re-release". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved 2018-02-04. 
  8. ^ "Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie - Original Soundtrack - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "Yu-Gi-Oh: The Movie". 13 August 2004. Retrieved 14 March 2017 – via Amazon. 
  10. ^ "Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D's U.S. Theatrical Run Dated for February–March". Anime News Network. 2010-11-22. 
  11. ^ "Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie". rottentomatoes.com. 7 August 2004. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. 
  13. ^ "Yu-Gi-Oh: The Movie Remastered Re-release". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved 2018-02-04. 

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