X (1996)

R   |    |  Animation, Action, Fantasy

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The story takes place in 1999, the Year of Destiny, and the beginning of the end of the world. The future of the universe rests on one young man, Kamui Shiro, who must destroy either the ... See full summary »


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10 November 2003 | kawaii_mana_sama
Only if you understand it
X is an excellect film if you understand it, nothing irritates me more than a bad movie critic, to be a good one you must understand what you are critiquing...

One the title X makes perfect sense:

Definitions of X

1) a symbol to often symbolize an unknown in mathematics.

2) the 24th letter in the English Alphabet

3) The Roman Numeral for the number 10.

Words that contain X such as X-ray, X-generation, X Day (an unknown day) are often used in everyday language, this X brings a sense of something unknown or not being able to be understood. Everyone would know the ever Famous "X Files" with FBI agents Scully and Molder that try to explain the cases of the supernatural, the X in that would be a same meaning to that. So Clamp's X would have the same meaning too.

In X there is a combination of previous works such as "Tokyo Babylon" and "Clamp School Detectives", (which one should see before the movie X anyway) apart from that X also contains elements of the supernatural such as "Ying Yang Shu", "Feng Shui and people with super powers which adds yet another mystical atmosphere to it.

From the points above, X definitely is not a simple or single story, but is very complicated with many different elements. It looks like the "unknown" theory definitely suits or is incorporated in some way in the title.

2 swords, the opposing Ten no Ryu and Chi no Ryu could also be seen in the Structure of the letter "X" and how there are opposite sides to everything.

So basically, X is good if you have the mental capacity to understand it, it's not a film for someone expecting simplicity, it's a film for people who like to get more out of a movie experience outside of pretty colours.

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Release Date:

3 August 1996



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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,672 12 March 2000

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