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The question facing any viewer of the Japanese CG featureFinal Fantasy VII: Advent Childrenis: do you have to know the games on which it’s based in order to understand the film? And the answer is: it certainly helps. But even complete novices (i.e., most parents) in theFinal Fantasyworld will find some entertainment in its wealth of fantasy-based action, and the animation never fails to astonish. Picking up two years after an epic battle between the forces of good (represented by brooding soldier Cloud) and evil (Cloud’s former general, Sephiroth),FFVIIopens in the devastated city of Midgard, whose youthful occupants suffer from a ghastly disease known as Geostigma. A trio of brothers arrives with what appears to be a cure for the plague, but their gesture conceals a more sinister purpose: to revive Sephiroth and bring about the end of the world. Cloud and his companions must once again rise to the occasion to stop the siblings and the revived Sephiroth from unleashing total destruction. Complex and self-referential to the point of occasional incomprehension,Final Fantasy VIIwill definitely be most appreciated by fans of the game series, but if others can look past the numbing dialogue and frenetic action (which is a bit too intense for very young children), the film offers a carefree and action-packed viewing experience. The two-disc set contains the original Japanese language version of the film as well as an English-dubbed edition (Rachel Leigh Cook and Christy Carlson Romano, among others, provide the vocal talent) and a version edited for the Venice Film Festival. A 30-minute featurette that recaps theFinal Fantasystory up toVII, as well as a making-of documentary, deleted scenes, and promotions for futureFinal Fantasy VIIgames and products round out the extras.--Paul Gaita
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CastAyumi Ito, Takahiro Sakurai, Shotaro Morikubo, Maaya Sakamoto, Keiji Fujiwara
DirectorTakeshi Nozue, Tetsuya Nomura
Genre:  Animation, Foreign
Screen WriterKazushige Nojima
DVD Release Date:  April 25, 2006
Runtime:  101 minutes
Studio:  Sony Pictures
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review by . February 07, 2008
This is a great great great movie. It is for fans of Final Fantasy 7 (FF7). Yes, you should have played it, or seen someone play it before watching this or it won't make sense. This movie provides a resolution to the story that started in FF7. The animation is spectacular, it has fight scenes similar to the fighting scheme in the game, which I think is the best part, and the characters remain true to the game. The only problem with this movie was the story, it was somewhat confusing and a little …
review by . April 30, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
Ah, "Final Fantasy". How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. FF1... FF2... FF3... FF4... FF5... FF6... FF7... FF9... FF10... FF12... (FF8... not so much. FF11... never played)    For gamers like me, RPG freaks born in the 1970's, the "Final Fantasy" series of games is, in many ways, the pinacle of what video game RPGs should be. Epic, beautiful, clever, touching, etc.    The previous CGI FF film, Final Fantasy - The Spirits Within (Special Edition), did …
review by . November 13, 2005
posted in ASIANatomy
A friend let me borrow a subtitled Japanese DVD of this movie, with a simple recommendation: "You'll love it." And he was right.    To be honest, I haven't played a Final Fantasy game since the original one for the NES, which means that I missed out on "Final Fantasy VII," the game this movie is essentially a sequel to.    That said, I was nevertheless enthralled by "Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children." I could tell, as the story played out, that there were …
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