In 1969, Kenji, an elementary school kid and his friends built a secret base during their summer holidays. They fantasized that they had to fight villains who were out to conquer the world and wrote them in the Book of Prophecies. Years later in 1997, Kenji becomes a convenience store manager and leads a regular life after giving up his dreams to become a rock star. His boring life is suddenly turned upside down when his old classmate dies mysteriously and an entire family in the neighbourhood disappears. At the same time, a religious cult and its mysterious leader, Friend emerges and a strange chain of events duplicating exactly the events described in the Book of Prophecies follow. Is this the beginning of the end of the world? Who is Friend?

  1. Yukihiko Tsutsumi


  2. Yusuke Watanabe


  3. Naoki Urasawa


  4. Takashi Nagasaki


  5. Yasushi Fukuda


Top Billed Cast

  1. Toshiaki Karasawa

    Toshiaki Karasawa

    Kenji Endô

  2. Takako Tokiwa

    Takako Tokiwa


  3. Teruyuki Kagawa

    Teruyuki Kagawa


  4. Hidehiko Ishizuka

    Hidehiko Ishizuka


  5. Takashi Ukaji

    Takashi Ukaji


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20th Century Boys - Chapter 1: Beginning of the End
20th Century Boys - Chapter 1: Beginning of the End



Original Title 20世紀少年< 第1章> 終わりの始まり

Status Released

Release Information

  • August 28, 2009


Original Language Japanese

Runtime 2h 22m

Budget $20,000,000.00

Revenue $31,244,858.00



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