Running time: 89 min
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
Release USA: August 13, 2004
Director: Hatsuki Tsuji
Writer: Michael Pecoriello
Stars: Dan Green, Eric Stuart, Amy Birnbaum
Production Co: 4 Kids Entertainment, Kids’ WB, Konami Digital Entertainment
US Movie 1 – Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie Pyramid of Light (US)
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light, released in Japan as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Pyramid of Light (遊戯王デュエルモンスターズ 光のピラミッド Yūgiō Dyueru Monsutāzu Hikari no Piramiddo?, lit. “Game King Duel Monsters: Pyramid of Light”)
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie is a 2004 Japanese-American anime adventure fantasy film produced by Nihon Ad Systems based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters TV series.
The film was released in the United States before Japan, as it was commissioned by 4Kids Entertainment, and was released in theaters on August 13, 2004.
Based on the trading card and television series phenomenon, Yu-Gi-Oh! is the story of Yugi, a boy captivated by the card game sweeping the nation: Duel Monsters! But there’s more to the game than meets the eye, for it contains ancient mystical energies that can change the course of history! Deep below the sands of Egypt, an old evil has awakened. Anubis, who was defeated centuries ago by Yugi’s mysterious alter ego – the Pharaoh – has returned for revenge to destroy Yugi and take over the world! Can Yugi and friends conquer their most powerful foe yet before the planet is buried in the sands of time?
The events of Battle City have just concluded, and Yugi now owns all three Egyptian God Cards. Seto Kaiba longs to finally defeat Yugi, and he suspects that since Maximillion Pegasus created the Egyptian God Cards, he would have also created a way to beat them. Kaiba heads off to Pegasus’ retreat castle to find the card. Meanwhile a shadowy being breaks into Pegasus’ safe and adds a card to the deck hidden inside. Kaiba arrives and challenges Pegasus to a duel, wagering his Blue-Eyes White Dragons for Pegasus’ card that can beat the Egyptian Gods. Kaiba wins, and Pegasus’ allows him to search his Deck for the card. To Pegasus’ surprise Kaiba finds two cards, capable of defeating the God Cards. Kaiba leaves ignoring Pegasus’ claims that there should only have been one card.
Meanwhile, Joey and Tristan hold off a mob of duelists wanting to duel Yugi for the Egyptian Gods, with Yugi and Téa seeking refuge in Domino Museum, where they meet up with Yugi’s Grandpa. They discover a new attraction on display, the Pyramid of Light, which resembles the Millennium Puzzle. Once Grandpa reads an inscription on the side of a sarcophagus, also part of the exhibit, Yugi has a strange vision about Kaiba. They wake up to find the pyramid stolen, the sarcophagus empty, and Mokuba standing outside. Mokuba says that Kaiba wants Yugi to come to the KaibaCorp Duel Dome immediately. Yugi does so, transforming into the Pharaoh on the way, and finds Kaiba ready to duel. He seals all the exits, forcing Yugi to duel him; Joey and Tristan, who have been chasing Yugi to see what he’s up to, are also trapped.
During the duel, Yugi is starting to suspect that there are dark forces at work – especially when Kaiba activates a trap card called the Pyramid of Light, which not only bears a striking resemblance to the pyramid in the museum, but also removes the Egyptian Gods from play; it also sucks Yugi, Joey and Tristan’s souls into the Millennium Puzzle, and later Téa as well. During the duel, as Yugi and Kaiba lose Life Points, they begin to lose their own life force as well. Before long, Kaiba has his Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon on the field, but to Yugi’s surprise, he sacrifices it to summon an even stronger monster, the Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon. Kaiba wants to humiliate Yugi by wiping him out with his own Egyptian Gods; since Pyramid of Light removed the Gods from play, Kaiba plans to play Return from the Different Dimension to get them under his control. Kaiba commands his Shining Dragon to use its special effect, which allows it to sacrifice itself to destroy the Pyramid of Light. Suddenly, a ghostly voice calls out and the effect is canceled. Anubis, the Egyptian Lord of the Dead whom the Pharaoh destroyed 5,000 years ago, is resurrected by Yugi’s ebbing life force and rises up from behind Kaiba, throwing him aside and taking over the duel himself, all in the hopes of having his revenge against the Pharaoh.
Putting his faith into the cards, Yugi draws the Double Spell card, which allows him to discard a card to activate Monster Reborn from the graveyard. He uses it to revive Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon and destroys the Pyramid of Light, after it is weakened by Yugi inside the Millennium Puzzle, which also releases him, Joey, Tristan and Téa. Anubis then summons Theinien the Great Sphinx with the Pyramid of Light around his neck. Yugi then uses the Reverse of Reverse trap card to use the return from the different dimension played by Kaiba to return the Egyptian God Cards and use them to defeat Anubis’s monster. Anubis is seemingly defeated, but a giant jackal arises from the remains of the Pyramid and attempts to kill Yugi and his friends. Kaiba and Yugi join forces and summon the Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon, which destroys Anubis once and for all.
Promo Card Details
Promo 1: Blue Eyes Shining Dragon / Light
Atk: 3000 Def: 2500
This card cannot be normal summoned or set. This card cannot be special summoned except by offering one “blue eues ultimate dragon” on your side of the field as a Tribute. Increase the ATK of this creature by 300 points for each dragon-type monster in your graveyard. You can negate the effect of spell, trap, and monster cards that designate this card. ( in the movie, it is also capable of destroying any card on the field by destroying itself.)
Promo 2: Sorcerer of Dark Magic / Dark
ATK: 3200 DEF: 2800
This card cannot be norma summoned or set. This card cannot be special summoned except by offering 2 level 6 or higher spellcaster-type monsters on your side of the field as tributes. As long as this card remains face up on the field, you can negate the activation of trap cards and destroy them. (in the movie, it also decreases a monster of your choice by five hundred attack points for every monster with dark magician in its name in your graveyard.)
Promo 3: Watapon / Light
ATK: 200 DEF: 300
If this card is added to your hand from your deck by the effect of a spell, trap, or monster card, you can special summon this card on your side of the field.
Promo 4: Pyramid of Light / Trap
If this face up card is removed from your side of the field,destroy “Andro Sphinx” and “Sphinx Teleia” on your side of the field and remove them from play. (IN the movie, it also removes all godcards on the field from play, turns the duel into a shadow game, and summons Anubis to destroy the world.)