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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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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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Your imagination is the final destination.


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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 »

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Production Co:

Toei Animation See more »
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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 »

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

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Beautiful, but naively abstract
30 October 2012 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

The animation isn't great, but it does have a certain charm. The design of the new world which is based on a very old one is striking. The story is intriguing, as it stars a little boy on a quest to avenge the death of his mother. During his journey he acts like a snotty little brat, but in the process helps a lot of people and they in turn help him.

The film is very long at over two hours and after half of it is gone, it seems as if the story is going to end soon, but it doesn't, it unfolds into different layers. However it remains fundamentally simplistic, abstracted in a way that it seems at the same time both naive and deep.

Common themes can be found in the plot, like the child avenging his mother, innocent love, machines that dehumanize, humans that do everything for their souls and so on, but each substory shows a different aspect of humanity so that in their simplicity, they all gather together to form a deeper meaning.

Bottom line: I don't regret seeing it. It is certainly a beauty for its time and it has an interesting story. I even recommend watching it.


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