Pokemon Movie 01: Mewtwo no Gyakushuu

Pokémon: The First Movie

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Synonyms: Gekijouban Pocket Monsters: Mewtwo Strikes Back, Pokémon Movie 1, Pokémon: The Origin of Mewtwo, Pokémon: The First Movie Kanzenban, Pokémon: The First Movie Complete Version
Japanese: ポケットモンスター ミュウツーの逆襲
English: Pokémon: The First Movie
German: Pokémon: Der Film
Spanish: Pokémon La Película: Mewtwo vs Mew
French: Pokemon Le Film: Mewtwo vs Mew
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 18, 1998
Studios: OLM
Source: Game
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, Award WinningAward Winning, ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy
Demographic: KidsKids
Duration: 1 hr. 25 min.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 7.641 (scored by 173034173,034 users)
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Ranked: #12692
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Popularity: #876
Members: 255,216
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Using the fossil of the Legendary Pokémon Mew, Team Rocket has created the first successful Pokémon clone. Named Mewtwo, the man-made Pokémon quickly becomes upset with the circumstances of its creation and goes on a rampage. It is soon approached by Sakaki, the leader of Team Rocket, and is manipulated into committing evil acts.

Repulsed by the tricks of mankind and the cruelties it has suffered, Mewtwo isolates itself from everyone and plots against humans whilst trying to discover its true purpose in life. Disguising as the world's strongest Pokémon trainer, Mewtwo draws in the region's most powerful trainers who want to fight the new, mysterious opponent. With the fate of the world at stake, renowned trainers Satoshi, Takeshi, and Kasumi must battle against Mewtwo and defeat it before it brings about the downfall of humanity.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


The Origin of Mewtwo was originally not included with the theater release but every subsequent release has included it, so this entry includes it as well in its runtime.

Pokemon Movie 01: Mewtwo no Gyakushuu won the Feature Film Award in the 3rd Animation Kobe Awards in 1998.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Yamadera, Kouichi


Miki, Shinichiro


Hayashibara, Megumi


Inuyama, Inuko

Ookido, Shigeru



Yoshikawa, Chouji
Yuyama, Kunihiko
Director, Storyboard
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Haigney, Michael
Script, ADR Director


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
"Mezase Pokemon Master '98" by Rica Matsumoto

Ending Theme

''Kaze to Issho ni'' by Sachiko Kobayashi

Sep 20, 2010
This was my favorite movie as a child, and it always made me sad to watch it every time, so watching it again having gone through the self-discovery of adolescence made me realize why it was so impacting.

The reason why Ash is always able to win is because he's friends with his Pokémon. The whole series is an allegory on how you're supposed to treat your fellow man, using the relationship between Pokémon and their trainers as a parallel for the relationship between human beings.

Mewtwo's hatred for mankind stems from their lack of compassion - he was basically used. He was given life, and then ...
Apr 5, 2012
I've watched the Japanese version of the movie and that's my main impetus for this review. Most of us watched either the 4kids version as kids or a localization based on the English version. I have a bone to pick with that. I don't want to make this into a 4kids hate article, but they fucked up.

4kids have cut out 15 minutes of the movie, removed part of Mewtwo's monologue simply because he mentioned 'God' and distorted the message movie was trying to give. Mewtwo also wasn't portrayed as the spawn of Satan in the original version, but a misguided villain. He was given motives ...
Jun 11, 2008
This was a movie that broke the box office records for an animated feature at the time. Of course, records have come a long way since then, but this was still a fun movie.

STORY - As a kids' movie for a kids' show, the themes in Mewtwo Strikes Back are actually quite impressive. The morality of cloning and genetic modification/enhancement is a very real debate that ripples through the scientific community now and again, and it's interesting to see that idea translated into a Pokemon movie. Thus, as far as its target audience goes, the core plot of this First Movie is definitely doing something ...

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