Adolescence of Utena

Adolescence of Utena
Adolescence of Utena poster.jpg
Japanese film poster
Directed byKunihiko Ikuhara
Produced byYūji Matsukura
Atsushi Moriyama
Written byYōji Enokido
Based onRevolutionary Girl Utena
by Be-Papas
StarringTomoko Kawakami
Yuriko Fuchizaki
Music byShinkichi Mitsumune
J. A. Seazer
CinematographyToyomitsu Nakajō
Edited byShigeru Nishiyama
Production
company
Distributed byToei Company
Release date
  • August 14, 1999 (1999-08-14)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Budget¥120,000,000

Adolescence of Utena (Japanese: 少女革命ウテナ アドゥレセンス黙示録, Hepburn: Shōjo Kakumei Utena Aduresensu Mokushiroku, lit. Revolutionary Girl Utena: Adolescence Apocalypse) is a 1999 Japanese anime film. It is a follow-up to the 1997 anime television series Revolutionary Girl Utena, created by the artist collective Be-Papas. The film is directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara, written by Yōji Enokido based on a story by Ikuhara, and produced by J.C.Staff. An English-language dubbed version of the film produced by Central Park Media was released in 2001 as Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie.

The plot follows Utena Tenjou, a tomboy high school student who is drawn into a series of sword duels to win the hand of Anthy Himemiya, a mysterious student known as the "Rose Bride". The film is noted for its extensive use of metaphor and symbolism; its focus on themes of gender, sexuality, and the transition from adolescence to adulthood; and for its more mature subject material relative to the anime series.

Context

Adolescence of Utena is the final of the three primary entries in the Revolutionary Girl Utena media franchise, following the 1996 manga series and the 1997 anime television series. Though there are significant differences in plot execution between the manga, television series, and film, all three tell the same basic story, utilizing the same general narrative trajectory and characters.[1] The series is highly intertextual, with Adolescence of Utena in particular drawing heavily from plot elements and characterization established in the anime series.[1]