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Ranma 1/2 - The Movie 1, Big Trouble in Nekonron China (1991)

Kappei Yamaguchi , Megumi Hayashibara , Shji Iuchi  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Kappei Yamaguchi, Megumi Hayashibara, Noriko Hidaka, Kaneto Shiozawa, Sakiko Tamagawa
  • Directors: Shji Iuchi
  • Writers: Shji Iuchi, Rumiko Takahashi, Ryota Yamaguchi, Shigeru Yanagawa
  • Producers: Hidenori Taga, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Yko Matsushita
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Viz Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 1998
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304937296
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,645 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ranma 1/2 - The Movie 1, Big Trouble in Nekonron China" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

It's just another day at the Tendo Anything-Goes Martial Arts Training Hall - that is, until a strange girl named Lychee and her giant elephant Jasmine arrive to settle a score with lecherous martial arts master Happosai. Apparently, a very long time ago, Happosai gave Lychee's great-grandmother half of a legendary scroll guaranteed to bring happiness to whoever was holding it. The women of Lychee's family have been waiting for three generations now, and the prince STILL hasn't come - but of course, the moment Lychee lets the scroll out of her hands, the prince finally appears. Only now it's Ranma's reluctant fiancée Akane that's holding the scroll, and the long-awaited prince is only too ready to sweep his lucky bride off her feet. Now Ranma & Co. have no choice but to follow Prince Kirin's majestic flying barge all the way to Nekonron, China, where they find themselves in a showdown with the Seven Lucky Gods of martial arts!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ranma 1/2 Big Trouble in Nekonron China February 5, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I thought this movie was great! BIG TROUBLE IN NEKONRON CHINA was a great movie for the Ranma series and it was also very funny!
It starts out as a "normal" day in the neighborhood when panty thieving Master Happosai comes back for a "visit" to the Tendo dojo. But he's not alone! After years of searching for him, a young Chinese girl, Lai Chi and her elephant, Jasmin have followed him all the way back to Japan. She's angry about a scroll that was given to her family and passed down many generations because it was said that the scroll brings luck to the holder of it. After taking her hands off of it for a second, the prophecy comes true and a Prince comes to find and marry the one who holds the scroll, and by pure luck Akane has the scroll. She gets kidnapped by Kirin and the 7 Lucky Gods Martial Artists and now it's a race to follow them to China and save Akane before she gets married to Kirin. It's up to Ranma, Ryoga, Mousse, Shampoo, Mr. Tendo, Mr. Saotome, Happosai and Kuno to save her and defeat the Seven Lucky Gods.
This is a great movie for the Ranma series. It's very funny, the story is great and all of your favorite characters are in this one. Along with a great soundtrack, BIG TROUBLE IN NEKONRON CHINA is a necessary component to any Ranma fan's collection. Plus Lai Chi is hilarious. She is really funny. Happosai's "usual antics" are pretyt funny as well, like when Ryoga and Happosai get into it on the boat to China. And of course, the Seven Lucky Gods weren't bad either.
Definitely check out this movie, it's very worth it and it's great for any Ranma collector. Also check out the special OAV series and the second movie RANMA NIHAO MY CONCUBINE. I do warn you that if you aren't up to speed with the series, you might want to catch up a little and check out TV Series 1 and the ANYTHING GOES MARTIAL ARTS series otherwise some things might not make all that much sense. Either way it goes, you'll enjoy this one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Saotome School of Making Good Anime November 10, 1999
By A Customer
Format:DVD
To me, this is good collector's item for every Ranma fan. The intro at least cameos basically every character (including both cursed forms of the Jusenkyo victims) in the Ranma World. The fight scenes were stupendous, but could've been better had Ranma not gotten his clock cleaned in half of them and if Lychee would've fought at least once. As we all know, The Movie: II is better, but the first one's the classic. A decent question: Where's Ukyou? She cameoed at the beginning and that was it. It would've been da bomb if Ukyou would've lasted the whole film. This is a "must buy" movie!
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasing addition to Ranma. May 3, 2000
Format:DVD
The thrill alone of actually purchasing a Ranma 1/2 movie is worth the price. However, if you are expecting it to be faithful to the show, you may be dissapointed. I am a longtime Ranma fan and this may be one of the dullest videos (however it still deserves 4 stars) in the series.
If this is your first time experiencing Ranma, this movie is not a good thing to start off with. Watch (or read) the series to understand all the wacky events. Just because it seems weird, doesn't mean it isnt good. On the contrary, weird things can always be excellent and interesting.
The story is simple enough (too much for the Ranma 1/2 world). Akane is kidnapped when a scroll is dropped into her hands. Kirin, the master of the scroll, arrives to take her as his bride. Ranma and Ryoga do not take kindly to this and along with the rest of the gang, and Lychee, who owns the scroll, set off to Nekonron in China to confront Kirin.
As usual the dubbing stinks (except for Shampoo), but the DVD soon fixes this problem by adding te additional language (Japanese) and English subtitles. Not only this, but there are other extra features: movie trailer, conceptual art, original japanese ending, information on the story and characters. Either way it is a great experience. I would rate the dubbed version 3 stars amd japanese version 4 stars (so I rounded it up).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good movie, but a bare-bones DVD September 30, 2001
Format:DVD
This is the first theatrical release in the Ranma 1/2 series, featuring a high school boy who turns into a busty girl when doused with cold water, and back in hot water.
First, the movie. While not as good as the second one, it's still funny and gives one of the best minor characters, the lecherous martial-arts master Happosai, a chance to truly shine. Happosai's scheming leads to Akane (Ranma's reluctant fiancee) being kidnapped by a prince who wants to marry her, and the entire gang (plus Lychee, the bride originally intended for the prince, and her pet elephant Jasmine) have to set out for Nekonron, China to stop the wedding.
The DVD has a few extras, most notably a character gallery - they're strictly bare-bones, though, nothing particularly good or worthy of seeing twice (although this seems to be the case more often than not with anime). The video quality is as good as the animation can look on DVD (much better than the TV series), and the language tracks in English and Japanese are good. It helps that Viz Video is one of the few competent anime dubbers around.
If you're a Ranma fan, you should buy this - just don't expect worthwhile extras.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed, I cried, I turned into a small, black pig... November 4, 1998
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Okay, so maybe not really. Don't we all wish we could be P-chan though? I dunno why, it just sounds like fun. Ranma 1/2 is a well established anime (Japanese Animation) series, centering around a boy who turns into a girl (Ranma), his father (Genma) who turns into a panda, and Ranma's fiancee (Akane) who doesn't turn into anything. In this, the first movie,Akane is taken captive by the Seven Lucky Gods, and Ranma must try to rescue her. But, where goes Ranma, go his two other fiancees, his friends, family, and enemies... From chasing Happosai and a bag of underwear through the streets of Tokyo, to the final showdown in a tower in Nekonron China, this movie is great for both long-time, and new, Ranma viewers....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars First movie!
The Seven Lucky Gods of Martial Arts have come for the girl who holds half of the legendary scroll! Whoever holds it also gets to marry Prince Kirin and fly away in his flying... Read more
Published on June 4, 2006 by Michael Valdivielso
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely hilarious!
I saw this and it was so funny! The story was your typical save akane routine, but in the beginning, it shows all of the characters in the past chase after Ranma and Haposai. Read more
Published on October 19, 2005 by Ronnie Clay
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!
I have never seen any episodes of the real Ranma series sadly. I have only read the manga. >.< Well This Was an awesome movie! Read more
Published on April 28, 2004 by Jagan_Master04
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny movie, with typical Ranma humor
This was a funny film, Ranma and co. have to head to China when, true to series form, Akane is kidnapped, and once more by a guy named Kirin who wants to(what else? Read more
Published on February 28, 2004 by Christopher P. Cecena
5.0 out of 5 stars normal person who enjoys ranma
Ranma the movie was very funny. In the movie akane is kidnaped (of corse). And ranma saves her, but on the way he gets into some interesting perdicaments. The movie was great. Read more
Published on July 9, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Help me! I'm obessed w/ Ranma 1/2!
This movie was funny! I have seen four times and I still find it hillarious! There was not a lot of blood, but more than in the books. Read more
Published on December 25, 2002 by "hibikichick7509"
5.0 out of 5 stars THis really is great
Ignore the other reviews, this really was a great movie, imo. It wasn't as good as the series, but only because its shorter then it, and had to stick to a plot, but still,... Read more
Published on June 27, 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie, if a tad out of character
The only reason I am rating this a 4 is because the supporting characters that would do just about anything to beat Ranma, or make him look bad, or just enjoy the simple sight of... Read more
Published on November 24, 2001 by R. McAdams
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so good...
I was little disapointed about this movie.The jokes were old and used.It gave me nothing new.Even though I like Ranma 1/2, this movie really let me down and I didn't even like the... Read more
Published on November 14, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Ranma 1/2 Anime Fan!!
I bought this DVD by mistake thinking it was a different Anime for my daughter. She is a BIG anime fan and was dissapointed at first that this was what she got given, but when she... Read more
Published on August 9, 2001 by Terence Roger Tanner
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