Pokemon Movie 01: Mewtwo no Gyakushuu

Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back

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Alternative Titles

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 - Mewtwo Strikes Back
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, FantasyFantasy
Demographic: KidsKids
Duration: 1 hr. 25 min.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 7.651 (scored by 180914180,914 users)
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Ranked: #13762
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Popularity: #920
Members: 268,095
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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.

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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.<br /> <br /> Pokemon Movie 01: Mewtwo no Gyakushuu won the Feature Film Award in the 3rd Animation Kobe Awards in 1998. The film chronologically takes place after episode 67 of Pokemon.

Characters & Voice Actors


Yamadera, Kouichi


Miki, Shinichiro


Hayashibara, Megumi


Inuyama, Inuko

Ookido, Shigeru



Okuno, Toshiaki
Yuyama, Kunihiko
Director, Storyboard


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 ...
Jan 14, 2016
Mixed Feelings

It is time I take a short reprieve from reviewing actually acclaimed anime and go back to my little niche on this site, reviewing old CRAP!


The first Pokemon movie brings to the big screen what was easily the most interesting sub-plot of the 1st generation of pokemon games, the creation of Mewtwo. The game and anime adaptation leave many hints and clues that foreshadow events in the movie and built up anticipation. In the original games on Cinnebar Island, there is a building that is filled with documents about attempts to clone Mew and create an all powerful Pokemon for Team Rocket. Throughout the game, ...
Jan 1, 2017
Hello there! Welcome to the world of adaptations! My name is Naru! This world is inhabited by creatures called pokemon, who live in harmony with the humans who capture and train them! For some people, pokemon are pets. Others use them for fights. For others, pokemon are used for scientific testing, stored in suspended animation in large glass tubes while individuals far less ethically inclined than myself attempt to use them to perfect the art of cloning. This may not include you, an innocent and unassuming ten year old of indeterminate gender... Seriously, what are you, a boy or a girl? ...

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