Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

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English: Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Synonyms: Final Fantasy
Japanese: ファイナルファンタジー


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 2, 2001
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Square Enix
Source: Game
Genre: Sci-FiSci-Fi
Duration: 1 hr. 45 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.341 (scored by 4676746,767 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #69672
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Popularity: #2100
Members: 67,142
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The year is 2065, and the planet of Earth is far removed from the place that it was in the past. Deadly alien creatures known as Phantoms have appeared all over the planet, and mere contact with these entities is lethal, whether it be an instant death or a prolonged decline. In order to try and salvage what little of the human race is left, large force-field barriers have been constructed around certain cities to repel the Phantoms.

Seeking a more permanent solution to this invasion are scientists Aki Ross and her mentor, Dr. Sid, whose investigations have revealed that there exists a form of spiritual, Gaia energy that can eradicate the Phantom's presence from this world. Aki and Sid aren't alone in their quest through Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within; the human council and the military squad "Deep Eyes" are ready to help. Not everyone is convinced of this plan though.

Aki, Sid, Grey, and their allies have to band together against forces both alien and human if they are to have any chance at restoring peace to Earth. An enemy whose mere touch is fatal, the Phantoms appear the more dangerous enemy, but as they will come to find out, their human nemeses are also not to be trifled with.


Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within was the only full length film produced by Square Pictures. The movie's final budget was $137 million dollar budget, due to the high costs of the technology being used for the film's computer animation. With marketing costs included, The Spirits Within lost in excess of $94 million. Adjusted for 2016 inflation, this amounts to over $126 million. Not only did this directly lead to the closing of Square Pictures, but it also delayed the parent company Square from completing its planned merger with the video game publishing company Enix.

A Japanese/American collaboration, The Spirits Within was filmed in English and premiered in the United States two months before releasing in Japan.

Characters & Voice Actors


Sakaguchi, Hironobu
Director, Script
Theme Song Performance
Theme Song Composition
Kanada, Yoshinori


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
"Spirit Dreams Inside" by L'Arc-en-Ciel

Ending Theme

"The Dream Within" by Lara Fabian

Jan 6, 2008
Lirael (All reviews)
Despite what people say, this film was not awful. Okay, it didn't quite match up to the magical, epical, astounding, spellbinding, memorable, groundbreaking quality of the game series, but think of it as a normal SciFi movie and you'll be fine. That's right, SciFi. It's not really what I would classify as fantasy.

The story was quite simple, but decent enough. It had some good qualities, but nothing new. There were a couple of unexpected moments, some romance, action, and some interesting ideas. However, it wasn't nearly as good as what people hoped it to be. I preferred it to Advent Children since it was a read more
Sep 18, 2009
ace52387 (All reviews)
The Spirits Within is not like Anime at all. It sits at the midpoint between a Square style RPG and a Hollywood blockbuster. Reviewing this on an Anime website as a frequent movie goer and a fan of the Final Fantasy series, my perspective is, as you might expect, a little bit scattered. As an FF fan, this movie is a bit of a disappointment because it lacks a strong fantasy element and limit breaks (lets face it, we all want to see limit breaks). As a Hollywood Sci-fi movie sitting next to something like The Matrix, it is racked with cliches, but an engrossing read more
Feb 28, 2011
GoodEnoughForMe (All reviews)
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is an intriguing film. Released back in 2001, it was a bit of an unmitigated disaster for Square, costing them a lot of money. To this day, many people consider the later animated film by Square, Advent Children, to be vastly superior (although they are very different). However, whereas Advent Children was a lamefest of no plot and character development, The Spirits Within maintains some level of story and characterization.

Easily the first thing you will notice about The Spirits Within is that, even today, it looks amazing. You can see the pores and freckles on skin, hair moves independently, the read more
Jan 6, 2009
keitybg (All reviews)
Fine, first I want to specify that I watched the anime quite a long ago, a year or two ago I guess. I haven't played the games, so I can say with no mental self-accusations that this was the better part of Final Fantasy movies. For me.

Story - it wasn't something veeery special, still, at least you understood what is going on and that stuff, which in Advent Children was possible only for who has already played the game. There is no game Final Fantasy on this particular story I think and that is one of the good sides, I guess, because you watch it read more

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