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Galaxy Express 999 (1979)

Ginga tetsudô Three-Nine (original title)
The adventures of a brave young boy who travels from planet to planet in a determined quest to avenge his mother's death.

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Rintaro

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Leiji Matsumoto (manga), Kon Ichikawa (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Masako Nozawa ... Tetsurô Hoshino (voice)
Masako Ikeda Masako Ikeda ... Maetel (voice)
Yôko Asagami Yôko Asagami ... Claire (voice)
Miyoko Asô Miyoko Asô ... Tochirô's Mother (voice)
Toshiko Fujita ... Shadow (voice)
Banjô Ginga Banjô Ginga ... Captain of the Guard (voice) (as Takashi Tanaka)
Yasuo Hisamatsu Yasuo Hisamatsu ... Antares (voice)
Makio Inoue ... Captain Harlock (voice)
Tatsuya Jô Tatsuya Jô ... Narrator (voice)
Ryôko Kinomiya Ryôko Kinomiya ... Queen Promethium (voice)
Kaneta Kimotsuki Kaneta Kimotsuki ... Conductor (voice)
Gorô Naya ... Doctor Ban (voice)
Noriko Ohara ... Ryûzu / Mîmé (voice)
Ryûji Saikachi Ryûji Saikachi ... Bartender (voice)
Hidekatsu Shibata Hidekatsu Shibata ... Kikai Hakushaku (Count Mecha) (voice)
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Storyline

Tetsuro Hoshino, orphaned by the Cyborgs, lives in a slum in the shadow of their megapolis. He steals a pass for Galaxy Express 999, and is saved by a mysterious woman called Maitre, a living image of his mother who had been killed by the Cyborgs. Wearing a special pendant, he sets out for Andromeda where he can obtain eternal life and avenge his parents' death. On his odyssey, he meets a gallery of fantastic characters that help him exterminate the evil Star of Andromeda which had been giving mechanical bodies to rich human beings. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

8 August 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Galaxy Express 999: The Signature Edition See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toei Animation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (New World Pictures) (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Goofs

The length of the Galaxy Express 999 is inconsistent. A car count reveals that the number of cars varies from shot to shot. See more »

Alternate Versions

Around 35 minutes was cut from the original for the New World Pictures's Roger Corman's release. See more »

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Referenced in The Galaxy Railways: Tabidachi (2003) See more »

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Will put you under its spell
17 August 2004 | by AlanMusicianSee all my reviews

This movie can be criticized as not having the hipness or technical quality of anime films today, but it is the depth of the story and passion of the art that make it such a classic. I'm not a big anime fan, and this is the only anime film I've seen that I would want to watch more than once.

The story is a wonderful and surrealistic coming-of-age type allegory. Despite elements common to science fiction (man vs. machine, hero setting out to avenge his parent's death), it stays free of cliche and retains an air of realism, or true surrealism. Almost all of the characters are more memorable and unique than most main characters in other anime films.

One of the unique things about this film is the way it conveys emotion so powerfully. I can't really define what gives it this quality, but it is extremely moving, like a good symphony or vast impressionistic landscape. The only other films I can think of (at the moment anyways) that have this quality would be the Godfather films.

In conclusion, anyone who appreciates what science fiction is about should see this film. It's a rare treat.


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