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Pokémon the Movie: The Rise of Darkrai
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Japanese Theatrical release poster
Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama
Produced by Choji Yoshikawa
Mikihiko Fukazawa
Junya Okamoto
Takemoto Mori
Screenplay by Hideki Sonoda
Starring see below
Music by Shinji Miyazaki
Cinematography Takaya Mizutani
Editing by Toshio Henmi
Studio OLM, Inc.
OLM Digital
Distributed by Toho
Release date(s) July 14, 2007 (2007-07-14) (Japan)
Running time 90 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Money made $47.3 million

Pokémon the Movie: The Rise of Darkrai is a 2007 Japanese animated adventure film based on, produced by OLM, Inc. and distributed by Toho. The film was directed by Kunihiko Yuyama and written by Hideki Sonoda. It is the tenth animated installment in the Pokémon film series created by Satoshi Tajiri, Junichi Masuda and Ken Sugimori.

In the film, Palkia and Dialga, two creatures known as Pokémon that are never meant to meet, meet in the space between dimensions. The brawling causes disturbances in the space around Alamos Town. The townsfolk of blame the events on a nightmare-causing Pokémon called Darkrai, which is trying to protect the town from Palkia and Dialga. The film was released in Japan on July 14, 2007. Two sequels have been released, Pokémon: Giratina & the Sky Warrior in 2008 and Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life in 2009.

Sarah Brightman performs the movie's theme song, a cover of "Where the Lost Ones Go" titled "Be With You (Itsumo Soba ni)" (ビー・ウィズ・ユー〜いつもそばに〜 Bī Wizu Yū ~Itsumo Soba ni~). The cover also features Chris Thompson.

Plot

A hundred years ago, Godey, the architect who designed an enormous set of musical instruments in Alamos Town called the Space-Time Towers, had a nightmare which he wrote down in his diary, which is later discovered by his great-grandson, the scientist Tonio. The nightmare foretold that two entities that should never have met would cross paths in the space-time rift. Their wrath from this meeting will envelop the town, and cause its collapse. In a garden designed by Godey, Darkrai, a nightmare-causing Pokémon hated by everyone else, opened its heart to a girl called Alicia, who invited Darkrai to stay in the garden. Godey realized the nightmare was telling him to make a music disc for "Orácion", a song with the power to soothe the fiercest rage, for future use. Years later, Darkrai saved the life of Alicia's granddaughter Alice after she tripped and fell from a cliff.

In the present, Godey's foretelling comes true when the Pokémon Palkia, who can control space, and Dialga, who rules over time, cause disturbances in the air around Alamos Town as they brawl in the space between dimensions. At the same time, Ash Ketchum, Brock, and Dawn arrive in the town for Dawn's next Pokémon Contest inside the Space-Time Towers. Palkia and Dialga's clashing causes a disturbance in space which damages the garden. Baron Alberto believes this is the work of Darkrai. While battling Alberto's Lickilicky, Darkrai makes Ash fall asleep and creates a nightmare where Palkia attacks Ash. Darkrai then appears before disappearing down a hole that Ash and his Pikachu are sucked into.

The next day, Palkia, injured and attempting to hide from Dialga, emerges in Alamos Town. It moves the town to another dimension with no way of escaping. Darkrai reappears in the town square telling someone to go away. Alberto, joined by Ash, Dawn, and other Pokémon trainers, engage in combat with it. Outraged, Darkrai traps many Pokémon in the town square in nightmares. Later that evening, Tonio finds Palkia resting between the Towers. Darkrai tries to attack the resting Palkia. Ash then realizes that Palkia was the one that Darkrai was telling to go away and that Darkrai's nightmare was warning Ash about Palkia.

As Palkia is about to hit Darkrai with one of its attacks, Dialga arrives, opens fire on the two and immediately runs into Palkia. As Palkia and Dialga brawl, the entire town slowly starts to collapse. After Alice finds the "Oración" music disc, Ash and Dawn climb up to the music disc player on the Space-Time Towers' skybridge while Brock helps evacuate the townspeople. Tonio reveals that if Palkia and Dialga collide once more, the dimension they are in will be destroyed. When Palkia and Dialga discharge their attacks, Darkrai crosses the attacks' line and forms a sphere around itself to block the attacks, engulfing and immobilizing Palkia and Dialga in the process.

After breaking free, Palkia and Dialga both attack Darkrai, causing it to disintegrate. Ash and Dawn realize that the Space-Time Towers are no-longer charged, so Pikachu along with Dawn's Pachirisu use their electrical powers to charge the Towers as they play the "Orácion" disc. The song successfully calms Palkia and Dialga down. Dialga flies away, and Palkia's wound heals. Ash and Dawn successfully plead to Palkia to restore the lost parts of the town, returning Alamos Town to how it originally was, and the townspeople and Pokémon rejoice and return home. Later, the group mourns the loss of Darkrai, with Alice thanking it for its efforts. They then find Darkrai standing on top of the Space Tower.

In the end credit montage, Dawn fails to win a ribbon at her Pokémon contest.

Setting

The Rise of Darkrai is set in an area based on Barcelona, Spain. The staff visited this area in September 2006 to form a basis for the movie’s setting. Yuyama travelled there with screenwriter Hideki Sonoda and composer Shinji Miyazaki. Places in The Rise of Darkrai are inspired by places in Spain - the Space-Time Towers and Oración featured are based on the incomplete Sagrada Família and the Park Güell, respectively, in Barcelona. The name of the architect behind the Space-Time Towers, Godey, and the name of his descendant, Tonio, bear homage to the name of Sagrada Família's architect, Antoni Gaudí.

Cast

Character Japanese English Notes
Ash Rica Matsumoto Sarah Natochenny A Pokémon trainer who wishes to be a Pokémon Master.
Dawn Megumi Toyoguchi Emily Bauer A Pokémon trainer who wishes to be a Pokémon Coordinator.
Brock Yūji Ueda Bill Rogers A Pokémon trainer who wishes to be a Pokémon Breeder.
Pikachu Ikue Ōtani An Electric Type Pokémon and Ash's partner.
Darkrai Kōji Ishizaka Bill Rogers A Mythical Dark-Type Pokémon that causes nightmares.
Tonio Kōji Yamamoto
Daisuke Sakaguchi (child)
Rich McNanna A scientist and Alice's longtime friend.
Alice Rosa Kato Khristine Hvam A tour guide and a music student capable of playing the leaf whistle.
Baron Alberto Kōichi Yamadera Ax Norman A rich, snobby Lickilicky trainer
Kai Ryūji Akiyama Sean Reyes An Empoleon trainer who also competes in the Pokémon contest.
Maury Hiroshi Yamamoto Joshua Swanson A Torterra trainer who also competes in the Pokémon contest.
Allegra Shoko Nakagawa Elisabeth Morinelli An Infernape trainer who also competes in the Pokémon contest and wins.
Alicia Chiharu Suzaka Kayzie Rogers Alice's grandmother
Narrator Unshou Ishizuka Rodger Parsons

Box office

The Rise of Darkrai topped the Japanese box office charts in the first three days of its release. With a revenue of ¥1.13 billion ($9.26 million) from 1,074,000 viewers, the movie performed better than its predecessor Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea. The Rise of Darkrai eventually earned a franchise record of ¥5.02 billion (US$47 million). It was the fourth highest-grossing film in Japan of 2007, behind Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Hero and became the highest grossing anime film of 2007.

Overseas, the film grossed $258,295, including $159,141 in Hong Kong and $99,154 in Taiwan. Worldwide, the film grossed $47,258,295.

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