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Kenji Miyazawa's Night on the Galactic Railroad (1985)

Ginga-tetsudô no yoru (original title)
Two kittens go on a metaphysical journey on a magical railroad train.

Writers:

Kenji Miyazawa (novel), Hiroshi Masumura (idea) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mayumi Tanaka ... Giovanni (voice)
Chika Sakamoto Chika Sakamoto ... Campanella (voice)
Junko Hori Junko Hori ... Zanelli (voice)
Ayumi Ishijo Ayumi Ishijo ... (voice)
Kaori Nakahara Kaori Nakahara ... Kaoru (voice)
Yoshie Shimamura Yoshie Shimamura ... Givoanni no haha (voice)
Shun Yashiro Shun Yashiro ... (voice)
Reiko Niimura Reiko Niimura ... Old Woman (voice)
Chikao Ohtsuka ... Birdcatcher (voice)
Hidehiro Kikuchi Hidehiro Kikuchi ... Young Man (voice)
Yuriko Fuchizaki Yuriko Fuchizaki ... (voice)
Tetsuya Kaji Tetsuya Kaji ... Train Conductor Shashou (voice)
Takeshi Aono ... Wireless operator (voice)
Seiji Kurasaki Seiji Kurasaki ... Milkman (voice)
Gorô Naya ... Dr. Bulganillo, Campanella's Father (voice)
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On the night of a cat village's Festival of the Stars, a kitten and his friend go on an celestial journey on a magical space locomotive. On that trip, they have various stops where they meet strange sights, even more unusual fellow passengers and learn some lessons of life on their trip to the terminus of the Galactic Railroad. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Trivia

The main characters are portrayed as cats. Ironically, Kenji Miyazawa was said to have disliked cats. See more »

Quotes

Campanella: I don't know how to explain it; but I think that people are happiest when they do something truly good. That's why I believe my mother will forgive me for what I've done.
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Connections

Referenced in Mawaru-Penguindrum (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Hallelujah Chorus
from "Messiah"
by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
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Slow, Cryptic, Beautiful
26 January 2002 | by Robotic_CastroSee all my reviews

The first time I watched this movie I had to see it in two parts because my friend got sick of it after the first half. This movie is definitely not for everyone. The pacing is extremely slow and thoughtful. If your not the sort of person who spends time contemplating the mysteries of life, you will not enjoy this movie. If you watch this movie, don't watch it by yourself. Find a friend who you think might enjoy it, and set aside a quite relaxed evening to watch it. You will want someone to talk it over with afterwards.

One thing that must be noted is the character design. You may be initially turned off by the extremely cute, childish-looking characters. It doesn't take long to realize that the film is much darker and deeper than it seems at first.

Something to think about when viewing this film: It's interesting to see the strong use of Christian imagery in this film. I can't help but feel that as a westerner I'm getting a different reaction than the primarily Buddhist original audience and perhaps losing a bit of the mysticism.

I would suggest this film to anyone who enjoys spending a quiet evening lost in thought.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

7 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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