Two years after the fourth great ninja war the moon begins to descend towards the earth threatening to destroy everything upon impact, During the commotion Hanabi Hyuga is kidnapped by the alien Toneri, Naruto Uzumaki, Hinata Hyuga, Sai, Sakura Harino and Shikamaru Nara must rescue her but due to the circumstances Hinata Hyuga leaves everyone else to go with Toneri to save Hanabi, Naruto finally realises that he loves her and will do everything to get her back. This film mainly focuses on Naruto and Hinata and the love story they have.
Directed by: Tsuneo Kobayashi
. Starring: Junko Takeuchi
, Nana Mizuki
, Jun Fukuyama
, Chie Nakamura
, Shôtarô Morikubo
, Satoshi Hino
, Akira Ishida
, Hideaki Tezuka
, Yurika Hino
, Tomomichi Nishimura
, Hisao Egawa
, Masako Katsuki
, Ikue Ôtani
. Music by: Yasuharu Takanashi
Overall--The beginning was really my favorite part of the movie. They used excellent animation techniques to demonstrate the summary of the mangaanime as a whole to the tune of "Green Sleeves". Did I mention that I really love this?! The animators introduced Naruto the character in the beginning beautifully.
There has been a lot of angry rhetoric about the romance behind this movie, but Masashi Kishimoto san did admit to the press that this Naruto movie would focus on Naruto's relationship development with Hinata. Those truly romantic moments in the movie were really sweet but they weren't overbearing. Also, although a lot of hardcore manga fans are not always supportive of the anime counterparts. However, for those anime fans, I felt that although there were some funny parts (due in part to Naruto's clumsiness or joking personality) that he was a lot more serious in this movie than he has been in the past in the anime or movies. I also reminded myself that he is nineteen years old and is now a war veteran as well as a young man who has seen and been through a lot.
2. Music--Since the age of three, I have been a huge fan of movie soundtracks and this is definitely going on my list. The music was beautifully written by Yasuharu Takanashi. It was very expressive. It really helped drive those intense moments home and, in addition, while the music throughout the anime has really helped hone Naruto as a character, this movie's soundtrack is no different.
3. Plot--I feel the need to be really neutral in regards to the characters in the manga and what fans of the manga and anime really wanted to see in this movie. The movie plot is no different from any Naruto movie plot. This movie set out to do one thing and that is to bring two characters together romantically. This goal was achieved. The plot and how the story got from point A to point B was achieved. I feel that if fans were really locked into what they didn't see in the movie they might have missed the really good parts of this movie (as a movie and not as a tie all loose ends effort); including the beauty of the art we really love with regard to this manga and anime. I do agree with one reviewer who had said that parts of the movie were cheesy. I agreed-'I was in the theater myself when I turned to my sister and said, "Naruto can be really cheesy sometimes." I also had to admit that at first, I wasn't quite sure why we had to have one more really "huge" bad guy in order for the story to get from A to B and I agreed again, with one reviewer that said that this movie felt like a filler. The villain does seem to be overshadowed by the Fourth Great Ninja War.
However, we must remember that Masashi san wrote the storyline and he told us some historical points in regards to one of the most prominent families of Konoha. We needed to get to know more about Naruto's love interest and where she comes from. It also gives Hinata a chance to reclaim some power, it cemented that she is in fact still the heir to the Hykga family. Even if her own father had taken that position away from her, another powerful clan (both main and branch families as well as the younger brother to the sage of six paths) still acknowledged her. That's nothing to laugh at! Those fans of both the manga and anime will, after watching the movie, regardless of whether they hated it or loved it, know a lot more about Hinata than they did at the beginning of the mangaanime.
PERSONAL NOTE While I really liked this movie and felt that this was truly the best Naruto movie of all the previous ones (I loved those as well), I have to agree with some of the fans who felt that a lot has been left out. We aren't given much as to how the other couples got together, but that could be something that's revealed in the future. Then again, it might not, oh well.
Also, I feel that we have to remind ourselves that NARUTO is the main character and all other characters (even though to me they are all awesome) are just side characters. Some reviewers felt that the movie left out important Team 7 moments. It did not. I have to disagree (maybe even agree to disagree). NARUTO is the main character. Team 7 is not important in the telling of this story although it was significant in the growth of Naruto as a character in the story as a whole.
With regards to the red scarf in the movie--this is important as a cultural reference. Its origin is from China and was adapted in Japan. The romantic "red string of fate" or "destiny" is that the "powers that be" tie this string around the ankles of couples destined to meet and marry. That is how significant Hinata is to Naruto, they were destined to be together from the beginning. The red scarf in the movie acts as the "red string of fate".
The Naruto story as a whole (not just this movie) is beloved because of the message behind it. This kid had nothing to begin with and through hard work as well as through sheer effort and guts, he attained his goal. It's a reminder that dreams don't come true because you want them to, you make them happen. I am truly looking forward to the next installment of this story, even if it is promised to be a short one.
Review by jessica-tovar-arch34 from the Internet Movie Database.