Shenmue: The Movie

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Shenmue: The Movie
Format: Cinema, VHS, Video CD, DVD
Publisher: Art Port
Running time: 91:41
Release Date RRP Code
Cinema
JP
VHS Video
JP
APR-0122
Video CD
TW
DVD Video
JP
¥4,700 (4,935)4,700e[3] BBBF-1980
DVD Video
TW

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Shenmue: The Movie (シェンムー・ザ・ムービー) is a ninety-minute film comprising cutscenes (and gameplay footage from expert players) from Shenmue. It was shown in select Japanese venues across 2001.

With the exception of a few additional sequences for continuity purposes, Shenmue: The Movie offers little that isn't seen in the original Sega Dreamcast release of Shenmue. In its original form, all spoken dialogue was provided by the English voice cast (with Japanese subtitles), albeit in a higher audio quality than the game, and with some extra lines to provide context where necessary.

Shenmue: The Movie was created as a means to promote the Dreamcast release of Shenmue II, with pre-release footage of the sequel being included in the ending credits and in a separate trailer, believed to be shown (or at least released) alongside the movie. It had a very limited release, being shown just five times at different Japanese locations in January[4], then again in September 2001[5], before seeing a VHS and DVD release in the region.

DVD releases of the film came in both Japanese and English and contain a fourteen-minute bonus documentary about the development of Shenmue II.

Overseas, a DVD copy of Shenmue: The Movie was bundled with the Xbox port of Shenmue II starting in late 2002, conveniently retelling the events of the first game to Xbox owners, who unless they had previously bought Shenmue on the Dreamcast, had no means of seeing this content.

Promotional material

Physical scans

VHS version

VHS, JP
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DVD version

DVD, JP
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DVD, TW
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Video CD version

Video CD, TW
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References


Shenmue

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Main page | Comparisons | Credits | Hidden content | Development | Magazine articles | Video coverage | Reception | Promotional material | Merchandise | Bootlegs


Books: Shenmue: Ichishou Yokosuka Saisoku Kouryaku Guide (2000) | Shenmue: Ichishou Yokosuka Kanzen Seiha no Sho (2000) | Shenmue: Ichishou Yokosuka Complete Guide (2000) | Shenmue: Ichishou Yokosuka World Guidance (2000) | Official Shenmue Perfect Guide (2000) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: Shenmue (2000)
Music: Shenmue/Shenhua (1998) | Shenhua: Jiang Qing Ri Bao Hua Ge (1999) | Shenmue Orchestra Version (1999) | You're My Only: Shenmue no Sasayaki (1999) | Shenmue JukeBox (1999) | Shenmue: Ichishou Yokosuka Original Sound Track (2000) | Shenmue (2015)
Videos: What's Shenmue (1999) | Shenmue: The Movie (2001)

Sega Dreamcast
Prototypes: 2000-08-18



Shenmue series of games
Sega Dreamcast
What's Shenmue (1999) | Shenmue (1999) | Shenmue II (2001)
Xbox
Shenmue II (2002)
Windows PC
Shenmue Online (Unreleased) | Shenmue I & II (2018) | Shenmue III (2019)
Mobile phone
Shenmue Gai (2010)
Sony PlayStation 4
Shenmue I & II (2018) | Shenmue III (2019)
Xbox One
Shenmue I & II (2018)
Shenmue Characters
Ryo Hazuki
Shenmue related media
Music
Shenmue/Shenhua (1998) | Shenhua: Jiang Qing Ri Bao Hua Ge (1999) | Shenmue Orchestra Version (1999) | You're My Only: Shenmue no Sasayaki (1999) | Shenmue JukeBox (1999) | Shenmue: Ichishou Yokosuka Original Sound Track (2000) | Shenmue (2015) | Shenmue II (2021)
Book
Shenmue: Ichishou Yokosuka Saisoku Kouryaku Guide (2000) | Shenmue: Ichishou Yokosuka Kanzen Seiha no Sho (2000) | Shenmue: Ichishou Yokosuka Complete Guide (2000) | Official Shenmue Perfect Guide (2000) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: Shenmue (2000) | Shenmue II Premiere Guide (2001) | Shenmue II Saisoku Kouryaku Guide (2001) | Shenmue II Guide Book (2001) | Shenmue II Kanzen Kouryaku Shinsho (2001) | Shenmue II Complete Guide (2001) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: Shenmue II (2002)
Film
What's Shenmue (1999) | Shenmue: The Movie (2001) | Shenmue: The Movie II (200x) | Shenmue the Animation (2022)