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CG Remake of Pokémon’s First Movie Set for International Release


Kids who grew up in the ‘90s will never forget that particularly moving moment when Pikachu nudged a seemingly-lifeless body of Ash Ketchum. This scene—perhaps the most touching moment in all of Pokémon history—was in the 1998 animé flick Pokémon The Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back, the first movie to have come from the franchise that started as a video game for the original Game Boy console.

Fast forward to a little over a decade later, a remake called Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution debuted in Japan on July 2019 and it is coming to Netflix on Feb. 27. The streaming service and Pokémon International Company announced on Jan. 21 that the film will be available around the world except in Japan and Korea.

Watch the English trailer that was released after the announcement.

Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution is a CG retelling of Pokémon The Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back, which was released in 1999 in the US, with the “Pokémon Theme Song” performed by Filipino singer and rapper Billy Crawford. The remake performed decently at the Japanese box office.

Like the original film, Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution follows the adventures of Ash Ketchum and Pikachu as they accept the challenge of someone who calls himself “the strongest trainer in the world.” Little did they know that this trainer is himself a Pokémon called Mewtwo, and its intentions remain a mystery to Ash and his friends.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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