Case Closed: Countdown to Heaven

Case Closed: Countdown to Heaven, known as Detective Conan: Countdown to Heaven (名探偵コナン 天国へのカウントダウン, Meitantei Conan: Tengoku no Kauntodaun) in Japan, is a 2001 Japanese animated feature film based on the Case Closed manga series, featuring detective Shinichi Kudo, also known as Conan Edogawa. It made 2.9 billion yen.[2]

Case Closed: Countdown to Heaven
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Directed byKenji Kodama
Produced byMichihiko Suwa
Written byKazunari Kouchi
Music byKatsuo Ono
Distributed byToho
Release date
April 21, 2001
Running time
95 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Box office¥ 2.9 billion [1]
(US$ 29.3 million)

PlotEdit

The Junior Detective League, Conan, Vi, and Dr. Agasa are on a camping trip. Along the way, they notice Mt. Fuji and the newly constructed Twin Towers, the tallest buildings in Japan. During the night, George sees Vi talking to someone while he goes to the restroom.

Meanwhile, Gin and Vodka, on a hunt for Shiho Miyano, sneak into Akemi Miyano's flat and listen to the messages on the answering machine. They discover that Shiho will attend a private viewing of the aforementioned skyscrapers in Tokyo. Gin and Vodka plan to murder Shiho there.

The group visits the Twin Towers, dubbed “the closest thing to heaven”, on their way back home and run into Richard, Rachel, and Serena, in addition to Richard's old friend from college, Madison Monroe, her secretary Cherilyn Chrisabel, Japanese artist Kisaragi Hosui, executive Yoshiaki Hara, Twin Tower councilman Augustine Odell, Twin Towers architect Theodore Radcliff, the latter who once studied architecture under former professor-turned-serial bomber Leo Joel from the first film. Augustine, drunk, invites Madison over for the night in the tower, despite them not officially opened to the public. Madison prepared a room for him anyway. Two employees come up to the VIP elevator and talk about how a nice car pulled up. The other employee says it's a Porsche 356A, catching Conan's attention, who asks for the car's detail which matches that of Gin's. He quickly runs into the elevator looking down briefly, and sees the Porsche drive off as he approaches the entrance. Later that night, the drunk Augustine Odell is brutally murdered.

During the investigation, a broken sake cup is found and the painting Augustine had is missing. Police are drawn to two conclusions on the sake cup: it either simply fell from Odell during the murder, or it was left deliberately as a message. The Junior Detective League conducts their own investigation and interrogates Theodore, who got the job because of Odell, and Kisaragi, who was in the middle of painting Mt. Fuji despite his shades blocking his view. After their questioning, the group disbands. Vi is later seen talking with someone on the phone at Dr. Agasa's house, not realizing Black Organization members Gin and Vodka are listening on the other end.

The following day, the kids resume their investigation by interrogating Yoshiaki Hara. They arrive at his home, find the door slightly opened, and discover Mr. Hara shot to death with a knife in his hand; another broken sake cup is found near his corpse, and police conclude that a serial killer is at large. Hara's computer was erased of its data. Due to the escalating murders, Inspector Meguire pleads with Madison to postpone the Twin Towers grand opening party, but she refuses and invites them instead. Elsewhere, Vodka is searching through Akemi's empty apartment. Gin arrives attempting to track Haibara's location through a phone line, but is cut off when Conan disconnects it from Dr. Agasa's house. Haibara, still grieving over Miyano's death, runs away crying. She explains the next day that hearing her sister's voice helps calm down her. At the Twin Towers, guards have been knocked out with sleeping gas, and bombs have been put in various locations of the complex. Conan wonders if Hara was connected to the Black Organization.

At the grand opening party, Madison hosts a 30-second guessing game in which Richard wins by pure luck. She then shows off Kisaragi's art in a presentation on stage with Kisaragi, Theodore, and Cherilyn handling the production backstage. As the curtain rises, the audience is horrified to see Madison hanging above the stage with Kisaragi's painting in the background. An unbroken sake cup found below her corpse; a message left by the serial killer. A rattling noise is heard as the remaining suspects walk away. While searching for a motive, Conan solves the case thanks to a hint provided by Haibara.

Before the murderer's identity is revealed, the bombs planted by the Black Organization detonate, setting the building ablaze. Serena, Conan and Rachel evacuate in a glass elevator when it stops. Conan realizes that with her new perm, Serena looks like Shiho Miyano from behind. Conan distracts Serena, making her turn around, saving her from being shot by Gin, who thought she was Shiho.

After arriving safely to the ground, Conan re-enters the tower after learning that the Junior Detective League has not evacuated. He leaves them and confronts the serial killer, Kisaragi. He murdered Madison by taking off her pearl necklace, then placed an identical one with fishing line, attached to the top of his painting, around her neck. Kisaragi left broken sake cups behind as a symbol of Mt. Fuji that had been obscured by the Twin Towers; the unbroken one at Madison's scene didn't need to be smashed, Madison's corpse already splitted the image of the mountain. Conan elaborates how Hara was murdered by Gin; the silver knife in his hand wasn't for defense, it was to identify his killer. Silver in Japanese means gin. Kisaragi left his sale cup to make it look like the work of a serial killer. As evidence, Kisaragi has Madison's original pearl necklace in his cane, hence the rattling noise as he walks. Kisaragi confesses, blaming the tower employees for the construction of the towers, an edifice that obstructed his view of Mt. Fuji. Conan shoots Kisaragi with his tranquilizer dart as the painter prepares to commit suicide.

With the bridges blown off and the bottom floors in flames, Conan powers a Ford Mustang convertible with the force of an explosion to propel the kids and him to safety. Viewing the inferno from afar, Gin and Vodka confirm that Shiho Miyano was not at the towers and abandon their search for her.

CastEdit

Role Japanese voice English voice
Conan Edogawa Minami Takayama Alison Retzloff
Jimmy Kudo Kappei Yamaguchi Jerry Jewell
Sherry Miyano/Vi Graythorn Megumi Hayashibara Brina Palencia
Mitch Tennyson Ikue Ōtani Cynthia Cranz
Richard Moore Akira Kamiya R. Bruce Elliott
Rachel Moore Wakana Yamazaki Colleen Clinkenbeard
George Kaminski Wataru Takagi Mike McFarland
Amy Yeager Yukiko Iwai Monica Rial
Serena Sebastian Naoko Matsui Laura Bailey
Inspector Meguire Chafurin Mark Stoddard
Dr. Herschel Agasa Kenichi Ogata Bill Flynn
Akemi Miyano Sakiko Tamagawa Alex Valle
Augustine Odell Takeshi Watabe Brandon Potter
Hajime Tsukamoto Jun'ichi Sugawara Charles Campbell
Officer Chiba Isshin Chiba Chris Cason
Harry Wilder Wataru Takagi Doug Burks
Nicholas Santos Kazuhiko Inoue Eric Vale
Vodka Fumihiko Tachiki Christopher Sabat
Gin Yukitoshi Hori Troy Baker
Emcee Chuck Huber
Tome Toshihiko Nakajima Cole Brown
Madison Monroe Toshiko Fujita Elizabeth Bontley
Zachary Hara Kouichi Hashimoto Jakie Cabe
Hohsui Kisaragi Ichirou Nagai James Stephens
Cherilyn Christabel Aya Hisakawa Lydia Mackay
Theodore Radcliff Juurouta Kosugi Travis Willingham

StaffEdit

  • Licensed by: FUNimation Entertainment
  • ADR Director: Leah Clark
  • Script: Eric Vale
  • Executive producer: Gen Fukunaga
  • Producer: Carly Hunter & Justin Cook
  • ADR Engineer: Cris George
  • Assistant ADR Director: Brina Palencia
  • Head Writer: Eric Vale
  • Line Producer: Zach Bolton
  • Mix Engineer: Adrian Cook
  • Post-Production Assistant: Casey Barteau & Niki Cooper
  • Production Assistant: Gino Palencia, Michael Harcourt & Trenton Jons
  • Senior Video Editor: Daniel Mancilla & Jeremy Jimenez
  • Talent Coordination: Tara Williams
  • Video Editing: Jessie Mancilla, Joe Harris, Josh Tyler & Robert Bell
  • Video Engineer: Michael Rivas & Sarah Mueller
  • Video Post-Production Coordinator: Margaret Yabs
  • Video Post-Production Director: Brandon Tyler

MusicEdit

The film's ending theme song is "Always" by Mai Kuraki.

Home mediaEdit

VHSEdit

The VHS of the movie was released April 10, 2002.[3] It was discontinued soon after 2006 as it was switched to DVD.

Region 2 DVDEdit

The DVD of the film was released on December 21, 2001.[4] A new DVD was released on February 25, 2011, significantly lowering the original price and added the trailer as a special feature.[5]

Region 1 DVDEdit

Funimation released the English dub of Countdown to Heaven on DVD on January 19, 2010.

Blu-rayEdit

The Blu-ray version of the film was released on September 23, 2011.[6] The Blu-ray contains the same content of the DVD plus a mini-booklet explaining the film and the BD-live function.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Highest grossing movies of 2001" (in Japanese). Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan. Archived from the original on December 15, 2009. Retrieved May 13, 2008.
  2. ^ "Highest grossing movies of 2001" (in Japanese). Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan. Archived from the original on December 15, 2009. Retrieved May 13, 2008.
  3. ^ "Detective Conan: Countdown to Heaven VHS". Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved August 10, 2011.
  4. ^ "Detective Conan: Countdown to Heaven DVD". Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved August 10, 2011.
  5. ^ "Detective Conan: Countdown to Heaven DVD (New)". Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved August 10, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Detective Conan: Countdown to Heaven" (in Japanese). Being Inc. Archived from the original on September 18, 2011. Retrieved August 10, 2011.

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