Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street

Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street
Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street
Directed by Kanetsugu Kodama
Produced by Masahito Yoshioka (Tokyo Movie Shinsha)
Michihiko Suwa (Yomiuri TV)
Written by Hisashi Nozawa
Music by Katsuo Ono
Distributed by Toho
Release date(s) April 20, 2002
Running time 107 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street, known as Detective Conan: The Phantom of Baker Street (名探偵コナン ベイカー街(ストリート)の亡霊 Meitantei Conan Beikā Sutorīto no Bōrei?) in Japan, is the 6th Case Closed feature film, released in Japan on April 20, 2002. Phantom of Baker Street is the first film in the series written by Hisashi Nozawa. This was the last of the Detective Conan films done in traditional animation. It was released on February 16, 2010 in America on DVD.[1] This movie brought 3.4 billion yen in the box office.[2]

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Summary

Child prodigy Hiroki Sawada—who, by the age of ten, is already a MIT graduate school student and has developed a DNA Tracker software—is now in the final stage of his second major work, an artificial intelligence system called Noah's Ark, in a heavily guarded room. Hiroki has been under the guardianship of Thomas Schindler, owner of the software giant Schindler, Inc., since his mother died. He has been put under a rigorous study program and has a somewhat deprived childhood. This night, at the top of the Schindler building where Hiroki lives, Hiroki finishes Noah's Ark, sending the software through the telephone lines and after, his computer shows the message "Noah's Ark Sailed Out." The security guards become suspicious and try to enter Hiroki's room. When they finally break into Hiroki's room with Schindler, Hiroki is not in the room. Apparently, he leaps off the top of the building to his death. The image on his computer screen shows an ark sailing in water and the words "Good-bye Hiroki."

Two years later, at the Beika City Hall, Schindler, Inc., holds a demonstration of a virtual reality game system called Cocoon. Many kids, including the Detective Boys, are invited to the demonstration. However, only the kids with badges are chosen for the demonstration. Doctor Agasa and Booker Kudo arrive at the City Hall. Agasa gives Conan Edogawa a badge and tells Conan that his mother, Vivian Kudo, would not be there because of an alumni reunion. The rest of Detective Boys trick a few kids by exchanging badges for the Premium Golden Yaiber Cards They all use the badges and participate in the demonstration.

In another room, Schindler kills Kashimura, one of his top employees, and Kashimura's types in a dying message: the letters J, T and R. Conan discovers the murder and decides to participate in the demonstration, hoping that the game would lead him to an answer. Booker finds out that J-T-R stands for "Jack The Ripper".

When the demonstration begins, Hiroki's artificial intelligence system, Noah's Ark takes control of the game system Cocoon. It tells the audience that if all fifty kids in the demonstration lose the game, it will kill the kids with a large electromagnetic burst. The kids in the demonstration are given a choice of five stages in the game, and Conan and the Detective Boys choose the final stage, a re-creation of an 1800 London mystery. In the beginning of the game, Conan discovers that Agasa's inventions don't work. Conan and his friends track down 221b Baker Street, only to find that Holmes and Watson are at Dartmoor. Since Holmes is unable to help, the kids find Colonel Moran and Professor Moriarty. Moriarty tells Conan that he trained Jack the Ripper when Jack was a street urchin. The professor gives the children a clue about the next victim, who turns out to be Irene Adler, Holmes's only love.

In the real world, Booker investigates the case. Booker reveals that the murderer is the company's president, Thomas Schindler. Schindler is a descendant of Jack the Ripper who will stop at nothing to hide his secret. Schindler is immediately arrested.

One by one, the children “die,” until only three are left: Conan, Rachel Moore, and another child, Hideki Moroboshi. They follow Jack the Ripper to a runaway train, and the murderer leads them to the top of the train. There, Jack the Ripper ties himself to Rachel and threatens Conan. Rachel decides to save Conan and sacrifices herself by jumping off the train and into a ravine, taking Jack the Ripper with her. As Conan begins to lose hope, Sherlock Holmes appears and gives Conan some useful advice that eventually helps Conan and Hideki survive the game. After winning the game, Conan reveals that Hideki is actually the Ark in disguise. Then, all the children are released from the demonstration, and the Noah's Ark destroys itself.

Cast

Japanese cast

English Cast

Music

The movie's theme song is "Everlasting" by B'z. It was released on July 2, 2002 on their album, Green.[3]

The official soundtrack was released on April 17, 2002.[4] It costs ¥3059 including tax.

Home Media

VHS

The VHS of the movie was released April 9, 2003. [5] It was discontinued soon after 2006 as it was switched to DVD.

Region 2 DVD

The Region 2 DVD was released on December 18, 2002. The DVD includes the movie in widescreen and the trailer, and it costs ¥6090 including tax.[6]

Region 1 DVD

The Region 1 DVD was released on February 16, 2010. The DVD includes the movie with both English dub and Japanese dub with English subtitles. It costs $19.98.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b "Case Closed Movie 6: The Phantom of Baker Street DVD (Hyb)". RightStuf. http://www.rightstuf.com/1-800-338-6827/catalogmgr/XbEbP-mbXRAGqDd86t/browse/item/85841/4/0/0. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Highest grossing movies of 2002" (in Japanese). Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan. Archived from the original on December 15, 2009. http://www.webcitation.org/5m2LN8mqL. Retrieved May 13, 2008. 
  3. ^ "B'z Official website - Discovery" (in Japanese). B'z. http://bz-vermillion.com/. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Detective Conan: The Phantom of Baker Street Official Soundtrack" (in Japanese). amazon.co.jp. http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B000062VDH/. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Detective Conan: The Phantom of Baker Street VHS". Amazon.co.jp. http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B00008DYXK/. Retrieved August 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Detective Conan:The Phantom of Baker Street DVD" (in Japanese). amazon.co.jp. http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B00007DXNZ/. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 

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