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Please try again later. The Dickensian waif thing worked pretty well. And homage to Miyazaki’s public transportation never hurt anyone. But, having seen Miyazaki and others, good animation and the personal touch aren’t enough any more. Greatness means that gingz stories tap into ancient myth and legend – whether or not I ever heard of either.

You just know that deep storytelling when you see it. This is yooru, and makes good moral points, and offers an under-dog [well, under-cat] character to york with.

My shelf space keeps shrinking not in itself, but in respect to the demands I put tetsuddo it. I look for new members of the permanent collection, and make room for new new ones. As much as I like this one, maybe not this. Oh so slowly did this film coax a tear from each my eyes. Don’t believe twits who either couldn’t finish it or gasp ginnga it as a christian fable, they’re obviously impatient christians! One person found this helpful. The DVD I received was bad, the movie did not play correctly.


The data seems to be destroyed. We’ve plowed through magic, supernatural romance, and now dystopian YA fiction in the past decade but something so offbeat is only going to be known to those who look REALLY hard tetsuddo it.

Kenji Miyazawa’s who died of pneumonia at the age of 37 Night on the Galactic Railroad was adapted into this equally obscure and mind-boggling Anime movie that feels like a cross between David Lynch and Studio Ghibli.

Trying to figure out what exactly is going on is an exercise in pointlessness as the film is mainly to be enjoyed for its enormously cryptic sense of wonder and quiet epicnness. On a planet populated by cats living in an almost-perfect early 20th century society a young kitten with a lonely and difficult life called Giovanni is whisked away across the Milky Way on a mysterious and completely empty locomotive. Along the way numerous enigmatic passengers materialize and disappear, including Giovanni’s only friend Campanella, who he slowly realizes has died and is being taken to heaven.

This is not My Neighbor Totoro, this is dark, brooding, depressing stuff. Not many children are going to be entertained by this. Directed by Anime icon Gisaburo Suuji this film is surrealist, psychedelic, dreamlike, disembodied, abandoned, existential, and overwhelmingly puzzling.

It’s a fusion of Christian, Buddhist, and Salvador Dali imagery on acid. The sudden appearance of the train, the unexpected magical journey, a downbeat hero who needs to overcome his sadness A fun time it is not. An extremely singular viewing experience it most certainly is. The ancient DVD from Central Park Media who went defunct in is simply a direct port of the ancient LaserDisc and a new English dub if you are wondering why Giovanni sounds like Ash from Pokemon it’s because he’s voiced by the same actress.

The picture is in washed-out 1. The sound is in stereo and there are a small amount of extras. A new company needs to snap up the rights to this movie and give a full restoration. This film was originally released as a major motion picture in Japan where the complete works of Miyazawa Kenji were reissued and sold in theatre lobbies.

By comparison, Tonari no Totoro was a double bill with Graves of the Fireflies and passed with comparatively little notice. Miyazawa Kenji was a significant poet and author of children’s literature in the early twentieth century. As noted by others, death is a major theme in this film as are issues of friendship and family responsibility.

The film is rather weighty and seriously beautiful. Although the characters are human beings in the original Japanese story, they are primarily represented by cats in the film. This choice was a bit controversial when the film was originally released. The characters in the original story are clearly human beings and Japan does not have a strong tradition of anthropomorphic animals in either manga or anime.


Further, anthropomorphic animals in folklore such as the badger and the fox are often dangerous and not sympathetic at all. Those who have read published mistranslations of the original story may be surprised to learn that the main characters have Italian names. Regardless, the characters and story are quite compelling.

I was deeply moved by the film when I first saw it and subsequently read the original story in Japanese. The artwork and animation for this film are both excellent. However, those who are fond of the cut-still approach to animation often found in Japanese animation for television may be disappointed by this film.

Rather, the drawing and animation style of this film reminds me of a dark version of Disney’s Fantasia of sixty years ago. Some of the images in the film remind me of impressionist or post-impressionist paintings. Film music and film sound are also quite pronounced in this film. Both the recurring theme first heard in the opening credits and the sound of the train on the tracks provide a recurring leit motif for what is an episodic film structured around various locations which often have symbolic importance.

This recurrent symbolism reflects the Miyazawa Kenji who is noted as an important Japanese Christian poet who wrote European style poetry. My copy of the DVD for this movie has a few technical flaws which suggest that it was not made from an original negative. See all 19 reviews. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

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