The Time-Bombed Skyscraper

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Official trailer
Title: The Time-Bombed Skyscraper
English Title: The Time-Bombed Skyscraper
Japanese Title: 名探偵コナン 時計じかけの摩天楼
(Meitantei Konan: Tokei-jikake no Matenrō)
Original airdate: April 19, 1997
English airdate: October 3, 2006
Broadcast rating when aired on television: 21.6% (aired on January 5, 1998)
18.6% (aired on March 24, 2003)
12.9% (aired on March 13, 2006)[1]
8.8% (aired on April 8, 2016)
9.4% (aired on February 5, 2021)
Cast: Conan Edogawa
Ran Mouri
Kogoro Mouri
Juzo Megure
Ninzaburo Shiratori
Hiroshi Agasa
Sonoko Suzuki
Detective Boys
Shinichi Kudo
Minami Takayama
Case solved by: Shinichi Kudo (via Conan on phone)
Director: Kenji Kodama
Screenplay: Kazunari Kouchi
Storyboard: Kenji Kodama
Masato Sato
Technical Director: Masato Sato
Yasuichiro Yamamoto (asst.)
Kazuo Nogami (asst.)
Kazuhiko Ishii (asst.)
Atsushi Yano (asst.)
Animation Director: Masatomo Sudo (chief)
Akio Kawamura
Hirotoshi Takaya
Kumiko Shishido
Keiko Sasaki
Yoshihiro Shimizu
Kei Hyodo
Seiji Muta
Masahiko Itojima (effects)
Character Design: Masatomo Sudo
Sub: Kei Hyoudou, Masahiko Itojima, Yasuhiro Moriki, Akio Kawamura, Yasuichiro Yamamoto
Theme song: Happy Birthday
Soundtrack: Detective Conan "The Time-Bombed Skyscraper" Original Soundtrack
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The Time-Bombed Skyscraper is the 1st movie in the Detective Conan franchise. It was released in Japan on April 19, 1997.

Characters introduced





Daizo Kurokawa, a wealthy surgeon, was murdered in his own home, hit over the head with a statue. He left a dying message, grabbing the keys of his computer keyboard - JUN.


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Location: Kurokawa household
Victim: Daizo Kurokawa
Age: 62 years old
Cause of death: Blunt-force trauma
Suspects: Mina Kurokawa, Daisuke Kurokawa, and Manami Nagazawa
While the victim sat at his computer, the culprit snuck up behind him and hit him over the head with a statue.

Kogoro - wrongly, of course - deduces that the dying message pointed to the victim's wife Mina, saying that "JUN" means June and since June is also called "minazuki" or dry month and Mina was born in June, he wanted to leave a hint that he was murdered by his own wife. Mina is furious. Conan hits Kogoro with his stun-wristwatch and begins explaining the actual facts of the case to the police and the three suspects.

Conan finds an unusual letter in his mail, an invitation to a party addressed to Shinichi Kudo.

Conan goes to Professor Agasa's house, Conan looks through his mail and finds an unusual-looking letter adressed to Shinichi Kudo, inviting Shinichi to a party. The letter was sent by famous architect Teiji Moriya. Conan decides to call Ran Mouri using his Voice-Changing Bowtie and tells her about the invitation, asking her to go to the party in his stead because he is "too busy with his case" and that Kogoro and "that boy who lives with you" can join her as well.

Ran accepts, under the condition that Shinichi joins her for a movie the following Saturday. Conan, horrified, tries to get her to agree to a later date but she insists it has to be on Saturday, May 3. She also asks "Shinichi" if he prefers red or blue. Conan, confused, replies red is his favourite colour and says goodbye to Ran. He has no idea why Ran insists on meeting Shinichi on May 3. On the way home, he meets Inspector Megure who introduces him to another constable working in his department, Ninzaburo Shiratori.

At home, Ran tells Conan and Kogoro that she is going on a date with Shinichi on May 3. She wants to take Shinichi to a late showing at the cinema and, at midnight, surprise him with a red polo shirt because he said red was his favourite colour. Conan suddenly remembers that Shinichi birthday is on May 4. Ran also explains about the tea party invitation and Kogoro isn't exactly enthusiastic about going, so Conan comes up with a trick to convince him.

Kogoro is pondering Moriya's quiz.

Ran, Kogoro and Conan attend the tea party at Teiji Moriya's house and explain that Shinichi couldn't make it, but Kogoro came instead, delighting their host at having "another famous detective" as his guest. Moriya greets his guests and gives them a riddle, telling everyone that whoever solves it first gets a private tour of his gallery. Conan quickly figures it out and Moriya takes him and Ran upstairs. They chat with the famous architect and Ran says that she is going on a date with Shinichi and they will go watch a film in a building designed by Moriya.

The following day, Ran goes shopping and Conan meets Professor Agasa, asking for his help because he has no idea what to do about his date with Ran. Agasa's TV is on and they watch the news. Someone stole a large quantity of octane from a plant, a gas used to make plastic explosives.

Arson House

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Location: Kurokawa household, Yokohama
Suspects: Unknown bomber
The News report the burning house in The Yamate area of Yokohama.

Worried, Agasa switches the TV off and his phone rings suddenly. Someone using a voice changing device asks for Shinichi so Agasa hands his phone over. The unknown caller explains that he is the one who stole the octane and asks for Shinichi's phone number. Conan gives it to him and the man tells him "go to Greenbelt Park or the kids will die."

Conan hurries to Greenbelt Park and sees his friends Genta Kojima, Ayumi Yoshida, and Mitsuhiko Tsuburaya playing with a remote controlled plane. Mitsuhiko explains to Conan that a strange man with a beard offered the plane to them. Conan has a closer look and notices that there is a bomb attached to the plane, telling Ayumi to let go of it immediately. Ayumi drops the toy and the antenna on top of the plane breaks, causing it to begin flying around uncontrollably. Conan uses his Power-Enhancing Kick Shoes and kicks the controller into the plane, blowing it up.

Conan, Ayumi, Genta, and Mitsuhiko escape in time. When Conan looks at the flames created by the exploding plane, he realises that the bomb was actually filled with plastic explosives and that this was a serious incident.

As he goes home, his phone rings again and someone says there is going to be another bomb waiting for him.



Location: Park
Suspects: Unknown bomber
Ayumi, Genta and Mitsuhiko were given a toy plane with plastic bombs attached to it by a mysterious man. Conan manages to safely destroy the plane and nobody gets hurt.

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Location: Road
Victim: Conan Edogawa
Injury: Improvised explosive device in cat box
Suspects: Unknown bomber
A second bomb is planted in a cat box alongside a stray cat, which was taken by an unaware old lady. Conan "borrows" a bicycle from a boy to catch up with her and manages to take the bomb to a riverside, where it explodes away from other people. This time, Conan suffers several injuries in the explosion.

Conan locates the second bomb and only just about gets it to a deserted place before it blows up. He is knocked back by the blast and hits a tree, falling unconscious.

Conan wakes up in hospital and Inspector Megure informs everyone that there has been another bomb threat, this time somehow related to the train system. The threat carried another cryptic hint, "X the XX". Agasa says the culprit could have a grudge to settle with Shinichi and Megure agrees. They try to remember Shinichi's most famous cases to see if that provides any hint to the bomber's identity.

Planted 5 Bombs


Location: Train tracks and a bridge on Yamanote line
Suspects: Unknown bomber
Several bombs were planted on the train tracks. The police instruct the drivers to keep speeding up the trains or else the bombs will explode.

Megure recalls a past case that was solved by Shinichi.

Accident (Past)

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Location: Nishitama City
Victim: Office lady
Age: 25 years old
Cause of death: Hit by a car
Suspects: Kohei Okamoto and his father
While driving and smoking, Kohei Okamoto accidentally fatally hit a young woman. However, something doesn't match.

Shinichi was called by Megure to help investigations.

Conan figures out the hint- the bombs are located between the rail tracks (X the XX) based on the bomber's other hints to keep the trains going above 60 km/h and that the bombs would explode at sunset. They realise the bombs are using solar power to reset their timers. As sunset approaches, the police help navigate the trains off the tracks and are able to safely recover all five bombs.

Megure and Shiratori, together with Conan and Kogoro, go to question Teiji Moriya.


  • Resolution

    Translation changes


    • The names of the characters in the Funimation Dub are:
    • Daizo Kurokawa - Magnum Cornhouser
    • Mina Kurokawa - Mina Cornhouser
    • Daisuke Kurokawa - Mortimer Cornhouser
    • Manami Nakazawa - Manami Goodsbe
    • Teiji Moriya - Leo Joel
    • In the English Dub, the name of Manami's husband is Kevin. He was not named in the original version.
    • In the English Dub, neither Kohei Okamoto or Mayor Okamoto are addressed by their name.


    • According to "The Legend of Red Thread" poster, the movie's original author is Issei Shinnai and it is directed by Shunzo Kano while starring Sansei Takayama and Wakkanai Yamazaki.
    • In the flashback scene, Kohei Okamoto and his father drive a 1996 silver Toyota Crown Majesta S150. The license plate number is 新宿 33, す 32-59 (Shinjuku 33, Su 32-59).
    • In Night Baron Murder Case, Akiko Sayama was watching a movie on TV where there was a bomb on a skyscraper, referencing this case.
    • The bus Conan and his group were on in the beginning of The Man Who Fell Slowly was traveling to the Beika City Building, the site of the climax of this movie.
    • The TR Beika Line in real-life is JR Yamanote Line and the JR Tokyo inspired from JR Yamanote Line 205-0 series set 30.
    • Shinichi/Conan's birthday is May 4th.
    • First visible proof of Conan having a phone for just Shinichi, which is probably different from Conan's phone, although this is not canon.
    • The name of Moriya Teiji is a pun on the name of Sherlock Holmes' antagonist Professor James Moriarty if written as "Moriarty J.".
    • The Beika City Building in Real life is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.
    • The tradition of inviting guest voice actor to promote the movie did not start until The Raven Chaser. However, this movie has some guest voice actors. Yomiuri TV announcer Meidai Nomura as announcer Satoshi Yokoyama, Shuji Kawatani and Hiroyuki Kohori of comedy duo 2-cho Kenju as train passengers.


    End credit music: Happy Birthday, by Kyoko.


    In other languages

    Language Title Translation
    Flag of Arabic Arabic اللحظة الأخيرة The Last Moment
    Flag of Catalonia Catalan (Catalan dub) El gratacel explosiu The exploding Skyscraper
    Flag of China Chinese 引爆摩天楼 To explode the Skyscraper
    Flag of Republic of China Traditional Chinese 引爆摩天樓 To explode the Skyscraper
    Flag of France French (Dubbed) Le Gratte-ciel infernal The Hellish Skyscraper
    Flag of France French (Subbed) Le gratte-ciel à retardement The delayed skyscraper
    Flag of Galicia Galician Explosión no rañaceos Explosion in the Skyscraper
    Flag of Germany German Der tickende Wolkenkratzer The Ticking Skyscraper
    Flag of Italy Italian Fino alla fine del tempo Until the End of Time
    Flag of South Korea Korean 시한장치의 마천루 Time-Bombed Skyscraper
    Flag of Iran Persian آسمانخراشی از بمب The Bombed Skyscraper
    Flag of Poland Polish Architekt zniszczenia Architect of destruction
    Flag of Brazil Portuguese (Brazil dub) Detetive Conan Detective Conan
    Flag of Spain Spanish (Castilian dub) Peligro en el rascacielos Danger in the Skyscraper
    Flag of Mexico Spanish (American dub) El rascacielos del tiempo The Time Skyscraper
    Flag of Thailand Thai คดีปริศนาระเบิดระฟ้า The Mysterious Sky-scraping Bomb Case
    Flag of Vietnam Vietnamese Quả bom chọc trời The Sky-scraping Bomb


    See also

    Detective Conan Movies
    Movies Movie 01: The Time-Bombed SkyscraperMovie 02: The Fourteenth TargetMovie 03: The Last Wizard of the CenturyMovie 04: Captured in Her EyesMovie 05: Countdown to HeavenMovie 06: The Phantom of Baker StreetMovie 07: Crossroad in the Ancient CapitalMovie 08: Magician of the Silver SkyMovie 09: Strategy Above the DepthsMovie 10: The Private Eyes' RequiemMovie 11: Jolly Roger in the Deep AzureMovie 12: Full Score of FearMovie 13: The Raven ChaserMovie 14: The Lost Ship in the SkyMovie 15: Quarter of SilenceMovie 16: The Eleventh StrikerMovie 17: Private Eye in the Distant SeaLupin III vs. Detective Conan: The Movie (crossover) • Movie 18: Dimensional SniperMovie 19: Sunflowers of InfernoMovie 20: The Darkest NightmareMovie 21: The Crimson Love LetterMovie 22: Zero the EnforcerMovie 23: The Fist of Blue SapphireThe Scarlet Alibi (compilation) • Movie 24: The Scarlet BulletMovie 25: The Bride of HalloweenMovie 26
    Related Cases 16 Suspects!? (movie 4) • Conan, Heiji, and the Vanished Boy (movie 7) • Time Travel of the Silver Sky (movie 8) • Follow the Vanished Diamond! Conan & Heiji vs. Kid! (movie 10) • A Challenge from Agasa! Agasa vs. Conan and the Detective Boys (movie 11) • Magic File 2: Shinichi Kudo, The Case of the Mysterious Wall and the Black Lab (movie 12) • Lupin III vs. Detective Conan (crossover) • Magic File 3: Shinichi and Ran, Memories of Mahjong Tiles and Tanabata (movie 13) • Magic File 4: The Osaka Okonomiyaki Odyssey (movie 14) • Magic File 5: Niigata~Tokyo Souvenir Capriccio (movie 15) • Bonus File 1: Flower of Fantasista (movie 16) • The Missing Sweets in the Old Shop (movie 17) • The Coded Invitation (movie 18) • Promise with a J-Leaguer (movie 16) • Munch's Missing Scream (movie 19) • The Shadow Approaching Amuro (movie 20) • The Mystery of the Vanished Black Belt (movie 21) • The Melting Cake! (movie 22) • The J League Bodyguard (movie 16) • Intrigue at the Food Court (movie 23) • The Beika City Shopping Center Garbage Bin Mystery (movie 24) • The Flying Jack-o'-lantern (movie 25)