The Power of One (1999)

The Power of One (1999) Poster

Japanese title: 劇場版ポケットモンスター 幻のポケモン ルギア爆誕 
(Gekijōban Poketto Monsutā Maboroshi no Pokemon Rugia Bakutan)

Other title: Pokémon: The Movie 2000, Pocket Monsters the Movie: Revelation Lugia,
利基亞爆誕, 夢幻之神奇寶貝 洛奇亞爆誕, 루기아의 탄생,
Покемон 2000: Сила Избранного, Pokémon 2: El poder de uno,
Pokémon 2: Le Pouvoir Est En Toi, Pokémon 2 - Die Macht des Einzelnen.

Comments on Movie: The Power of One (1999)
"Viewers will find both the movie and the introductory short visually pretty but narratively inert." - Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews.

"What Pokémon 2000 badly needs is a screenplay to match the surrealism of its characters." - Michael Thompson, BBC Films.

"The millennial message is that one person can make a change, though that person is, as usual, Ash." -Elvis Mitchell, New York Times.

"The absence of a compelling villain translates into an absence of excitement." - Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News.

"Far from being the must-watch that fans often rate it as, I will go so far as to say this is definitely a Pokemon movie you should just skip over." - Andrew K., Earn This.

"A letdown. I get what they are trying to do but I don't like it." - Rosalyn Lim.

Genre/Tags 
Anime Action Adventure Disaster Family Fantasy Video Game Pokémon  2D Animation Animated Feature 

The Power of One (1999) Trailer

The Power of One (1999) at a glance
The Power of One (1999) also known as Pokémon: The Movie 2000, is an anime film directed by Kunihiko Yuyama. Featuring the legendary guardian of the seas Lugia, water psychic type Pokémon Slowking and the legendary birds trio Moltres, Zapdos and Articuno, this animated feature is the second theatrical film of Pokémon franchise created by Satoshi Tajiri. 

The Power of One (1999) Synopsis
An ancient legend comes true when Pokemon Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres are disturbed after centuries of harmony. As the very forces of nature come unbalanced, life on earth depends on the unlikely teaming of the mythical Pokemon Lugia and a mysterious "chosen one" foretold in the legend. Can Ash Ketchum summon the courage to save the day? See how one person can make all the difference.

Movie Review: The Power of One (1999)
Guardian of the seas, Lugia.

With all the endearing Pokémon in this animated feature and highly successful television anime series, it's no wonder that this animated feature is a box office success grossing over USD 133 million worldwide. But rewatching it again in 2014, I can't help to slightly feel upset.

Zapdos, Moltres and Articuno.

The Power of One (1999) is visually beautiful and much lighthearted when compared to its predecessor Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998). However, in terms of storyline, it is worst. The concept of the film is great but its ending and dubbing edits almost destroyed the whole thing. 

Ash, Misty, Tracy, Melody, Snorlax, Slowking, 
Charizard, Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Squirtle.

I must confess, I don't like the ending story. There are scenes that are fun to watch but the prophecy which initially radiates mystery; exactly becomes one of the dumbest thing I have ever heard on screen. Although it is expected that the whole Pokémon anime series and movie is Ash-centred, it is still super shocking alright, especially when the legendary Pokémon fate if not whole world seems to be dependent on him as well.

Melody plays the Lugia's song.

So, it's sad to conclude The Power of One (1999) as a letdown! Love the fictional disaster, love Lugia's song and voice or cry, love all the adorable Pokémon, love all the majestic legendary Pokémon, love the short film which is the most memorable part of this whole animated feature for me (I may have seen it probably nearly a hundred times as a child) but my gosh, I get what they are trying to do but I don't like it. 

Elekid holding onto Exeggecute's nest.

Perhaps the reasons why I don't remember the plot because it wasn't remarkable and that all I care about the DVD is the short film. I don't even need to rewatch the short film to give you a list of Pokémon that have made their appearance in Pikachu's Rescue Adventure.

Love the Pokémon (and short film) but maybe not the story. :(

PS. This December is the film blog's Pokémon Month. Will post the rest of the movies soon.

Movie Ratings
Will write a page regarding this and add this to all animated feature entries in the future.

Who will like this?
Pokémon fans!

Details of the movie
Director: Kunihiko Yuyama
Producer: Yukako Matsusako, Takemoto Mori, Chōji Yoshikawa
Story: Satoshi Tajiri
Screenplay: Satoshi Tajiri
Cinematography: Hisao Shirai
Music: Shinji Miyazaki
Studio: OLM, Inc.
Starring: Rica Matsumoto, Ikue Ōtani, Mayumi Iizuka, Tomokazu Seki, Satomi Kōrogi, Megumi Hayashibara, Shin-ichiro Miki, Inuko Inuyama, Kōichi Yamadera, Takeshi Kaga, Masatoshi Hamada
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho, Warner Bros.
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Action Adventure Family Fantasy
Running time: 84 mins
Budget: USD 30,000,000 est.
Box office: USD 133,949,270 est.

Official website(s)
http://www.pokemon.co.jp/
http://www.pokemon.com/us/

Related
All Pokémon Movies
OLM, Inc.
Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon

The Power of One (1999) Behind the Scenes
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Favorite Movie Character


The Power of One (1999) Movie Quotes
Typed on iphone and compiled these myself. If you have the script or transcript share with me!
  1. Disturb not the harmony of fire, ice or lightning. Lest these titans wreak destruction upon the world in which they clash. Though the water's great guardian shall arise to quell the fighting. Alone its song will fail and thus the earth shall turn to ash. 
  2. O Chosen One, into thine hands bring together all three. Their treasures combined tame the Beast of the Sea.
  3. Moltres, Zapdos and Articuno. Any one of them would be a priceless addition to my collection but together they are the three keys that unlock the ultimate treasure.
  4. Now the chase is on.
  5. I have taken the first one without any difficulty. It's like the simple game chess. 
  6. Bring together all three, that treasure come by/combine tame, the Beast of the Sea, Lugia.
  7. It's beautiful, right Togepi?
  8. That was awfully strange.
  9. This is summer, how can it snow?
  10. What is it, Mimey?
  11. Pokémon are more in tune with the nature than we are. When something goes wrong, they could sense it and I am afraid something some where is going terribly wrong.
  12. It's our tradition, you should be honored to take part!
  13. Don't get fooled, she is not always this adorable!
  14. Don't worry it's just for the tourist!
  15. Here's the traditional welcome kiss!
  16. If you want somebody to do whatever you want and whenever you want, you should find yourself a girlfriend!
  17. They got caught out in the storm because of our stupid ritual. 
  18. He is a boy and he is a friend and he is certainly not a boyfriend.
  19. Experts now believe the weather disaster is occurring on all parts of the globe are due to a powerful and previously unknown phenomena from deep beneath the surface of the  ocean.
  20. This is the simulation of the underwater river that is snake its way around the planet disrupting the ocean current, weather pattern and the entire global climate.
  21. That's where Ash and his friends are at right now. 
  22. Pikachu have been acting really weird, I got to find out why!
  23. I never get scared at the ocean, I come from a water Pokémon gym!
  24. They say miseries love company.
  25. Pikachu, we will get you.
  26. Prepare for more trouble that you've ever seen, make it double we are on a big screen
  27. I'll catch this on video, I am in a hurry now and the weather is getting bad!
  28. Welcome to my world, I have to deal with his stubborn attitude every single day.
  29. Listen to me kids, if you get involved with the opposite sex you are only asking for trouble.
  30. You two don't need the opposite sex because you got each other.
  31. Moltres the bird of fire and Zapdos the bird of lighting. Of course, without Articuno, it's not a complete set.
  32. That's disgusting. The way you talk are it's like Pokémons are just things to collect like dolls or stamps! What kind of trainer are you?
  33. Legendary Pokémon has always been my passion. And soon my collection itself will be legendary.
  34. Though their purposes are not yet clear, tens of thousands of Pokémon are now making their way toward the island.
  35. Water Pokémon are coming by sea, flying Pokémon are coming by air and those who are unable to make the crossing are on the land. 
  36. Pokémon seems to be gathering because they feel a sense of urgency the pending doom. 
  37. The urge to correct this imbalance is causing them to gather possibly to try to save the planet though they may not be able to do anything about it. 
  38. And who are you?
  39. Ash is the whole world to me. 
  40. What if the ancient legend is true?
  41. Take the treasure and put it there.
  42. You can talk?
  43. How did you know my name?
  44. The great guardian, Lugia.
  45. The fate of the planet is what we should really be worry about. And the Pokémon know that better than any of us.
  46. Training Pokémon is tough enough but saving the world is way too hard.
  47. The song has restored my strength but it alone cannot bring harmony to the three warring ones. 
  48. Right now I feel like the frozen one.
  49. If that kid thinks we were here for trouble... We are certainly going yo burst his bubble! Instead of causing tribulation... We have undergone a transformation! Though it's way outside our usual range... We are going to do something nice for a change! 
  50. I think we did the right thing and it feels great.
  51. Because they feel they should be here in case they are needed. 
  52. They are not sure but that's why they are here.
  53. Alright, start talking. You are in big trouble, mister.
  54. I could have lost my whole world. Everyday I can't help worry about you and wonder if you are alright. I know I can't stop you from the things you need to do, I just can't help missing you all the time.
  55. Next time could you try saving the whole world a little closer to home?

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