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Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie
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Directed by Morio Asaka
Produced by Kazuhiko Ikeguchi
Tatsuya Ono
Written by Nanase Ohkawa
Starring Sakura Tange
Aya Hisakawa
Motoko Kumai
Junko Iwao
Tomokazu Seki
Megumi Ogata
Yukana Nogami
Music by Takayuki Negishi
Cinematography Hisao Shirai
Editing by Harutoshi Ogata
Studio Madhouse
Distributed by Bandai Visual
Release date(s) August 21, 1999 (1999-08-21)
Running time 80 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie (劇場版カードキャプターさくら, Gekijōban Kādokyaputā Sakura) is a Japanese anime film directed by Morio Asaka and produced by Madhouse and Bandai Visual. The film is based on the anime television series adaptation of Clamp's Cardcaptor Sakura manga series. Written by Nanase Ohkawa, Clamp's head writer, it was released in Japanese theaters on August 21, 1999. It won the Feature Film Award at the 1999 Animation Kobe. A second film, Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2: The Sealed Card, followed in 2000. Set between the first and second seasons of the television series, the film shows Sakura and her friends going to Hong Kong where they encounter a vengeful spirit who was hurt by Clow Reed in the past. The film was screened in theaters again on January 21, 2017 in Japan to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the manga.


Sakura Kinomoto, Cardcaptor of the Clow Cards, successfully seals the Arrow Card with help from her friends Syaoran Li, Kero, Tomoyo Daidoji, and Meiling Li. That night, Sakura experiences a strange dream where two pieces of cloth pull her underwater. After school ends for spring break, Sakura and Tomoyo visit the "Twin Bells" shop where Sakura participates in a lottery to win a vacation to Hong Kong. As Sakura reaches for a lottery ball, one magically flies into her hand, the winning ball for the vacation. Sakura goes with Tomoyo, Kero, her big brother Toya and his best friend Yukito Tsukishiro, who Sakura has a crush on.

The group tour the city but Sakura experiences the dream again which this time features two malevolent birds and a mysterious woman sports the floating clothes. During a tour of the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden (also referred to as "Bird Street"), Sakura spots the two birds and pursues them across the city, finding an old water well where the clothes emerge and hypnotize her. As Sakura is drawn towards the well, Syaoran appears and scares the birds away. Reuniting with the others including Meiling, Sakura is taken to the Li family estate where she meets Syaoran's eccentric sisters and his mother Yelan, a powerful sorceress who senses Sakura is in danger. Staying for the night, Sakura experiences the dream again where the woman attacks her. Yelan takes Sakura outside and warns her that the woman is extremely powerful and is deliberately contacting Sakura. The next day, Syaoran and Meiling are forced to accompany Sakura and co. around Hong Kong should something happen.

Sakura spots the birds again and pursues them with Kero. They chase them down to an antiques store, where they come across an old book that has a picture of the woman on the cover. Sakura is hypnotised again and opens the book before her friends, flooding the shop and transporting the group to another dimension where the woman dwells. The birds are revealed to be her clothes. The woman, actually a sorceress referred to as Madoushi (named "Su Yung" in the English dub), attacks Sakura in rage, believing she had summoned Clow Reed, creator of the Clow Cards. Sakura discovers that her friends, except for Syaoran, have been taken prisoner, and Madoushi demands Clow comes in exchange for their freedom. Syaoran distracts Madoushi so Sakura can rescue Tomoyo but is captured as well. Sakura escapes with Kero and Tomoyo back to the antiques store, but find the book has vanished. Kero realizes he knows Madoushi, a fortune teller who was unintentionally put out of business by Clow when his predictions turned out to be more accurate than hers, then she challenged him to one fight after another and her hatred bound her to another dimension, (In the dub, Clow fell in love with her and taught her magic. But she used them for evil and was imprisoned in another dimension by Clow) but is likely unaware she is a spirit. Sakura realizes the well appeared on the book cover and it is another entrance to Madoushi's prison.

Going to the well, Sakura encounters Yelan who breaks the shield surrounding the well to allow Sakura and Kero to enter. Sakura confronts Madoushi who uses the magic of Sakura's friends to escape her prison but is shocked by Hong Kong's appearance. Sakura and Kero follow, but Madoushi captures Sakura and holds her prisoner. When Sakura tells her of Clow's passing, Madoushi angrily tries to drown Sakura by trapping her in a flooded skyscraper with her clothes. Sakura uses the Arrow Card to escape and she confronts Madoushi, sympathizing with the sorceress and confirms Clow is dead. Madoushi dissolves into water, passing on, but releases Sakura's friends. While Toya and Yukito have no memory of what happened, Sakura tells Tomoyo and Kero they may have to visit Hong Kong again in the future.

Voice cast

Character Japanese English
Sakura Kinomoto / Sakura Avalon Sakura Tange Carly McKillip
Tomoyo Daidoji / Madison Taylor Junko Iwao Maggie Blue O'Hara
Syaoran Li / Li Showron Motoko Kumai Rhys Huber
Kero Aya Hisakawa Matt Hill
Meiling Li / Meilin Rae Yukana Nogami Nicole Oliver
Toya Kinomoto / Tori Avalon Tomokazu Seki Tony Sampson
Yukito Tsukishiro / Julian Star Megumi Ogata Samuel Vincent
Fujitaka Kinomoto / Aiden Avalon Hideyuki Tanaka Brian Drummond
Clow Reed Kazuo Hayashi Dale Wilson
Yelan Li Kikuko Inoue Stevie Vallance
Madoushi / Su Yung Megumi Hayashibara Nicole Oliver
Fudie Li Yuriko Yamaguchi
Shiefa Li Chiyako Shibahara
Fanren Li Rika Wakusawa
Feimei Li Sachiko Sugawara
Yoshiyuki Terada / Mr. Terada Toru Furusawa Brian Drummond
Maki Matsumoto / Maggie Kotono Mitsuishi Nicole Oliver
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