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Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer (1984)

Urusei Yatsura 2: Byûtifuru dorîmâ (original title)
The night before the school festival, things seem to be repeating themselves. Gradually, all the world functions come to a stop, the only ones that are not affected are a select group of student friends.

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Mamoru Oshii

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Mamoru Oshii (screenplay), Rumiko Takahashi (comic)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fumi Hirano ... Lum (voice)
Toshio Furukawa ... Ataru Moroboshi (voice)
Akira Kamiya ... Mendou (voice)
Kazuko Sugiyama ... Ten (voice)
Saeko Shimazu ... Shinobu (voice)
Mayumi Tanaka ... Ryuunosuke (voice)
Shigeru Chiba ... Megane (voice)
Akira Murayama Akira Murayama ... Perm (voice)
Shinji Nomura Shinji Nomura ... Kakugari (voice)
Issei Futamata ... Chibi (voice)
Ken'ichi Ogata Ken'ichi Ogata ... Ataru's Father (voice)
Natsumi Sakuma Natsumi Sakuma ... Ataru's Mother (voice)
Michihiro Ikemizu Michihiro Ikemizu ... Onsen-Mark (voice)
Masahiro Anzai Masahiro Anzai ... Ryuunosuke's Father (voice)
Tomomichi Nishimura Tomomichi Nishimura ... Principal (voice)
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Storyline

Lum is a cheerful alien who now lives with her human fiancée, Ataru and her goods friends on earth. The night before the school festival, the world begins to change, things seem to be repeating themselves. Gradually, all necessary functions come to a stop, people disappearing, streets deserting, buildings decaying except Lum and her friends who live ever happier. When they begin to probe the truth, they find out it's somebody's dream that is changing the world... Written by Tzung-I Lin <tzung@hugo.att.com>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 February 1984 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer See more »

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Kitty Films, Pierrot See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In two different scenes, Onsen-Mark and Ryunosuke's father were seen watching the same soap opera on TV. Each time the same woman is shown being propositioned by a different man. The two men are caricatures of animator Naoyuki Yoshinaga and technical director 'Junji Nishimura'. See more »

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The Ancient Tavern
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Surreal comedy and philosophy
31 December 1998 | by Demento-2See all my reviews

This is widely held to be one of the finest of the Urusei Yatsura movies, although rumor has it that creator Takahashi Rumiko was not overly fond of how it turned out. Along with the slapstick romantic comedy that is the UY hallmark, "Beautiful Dreamer" features a deeper, more philosophical note. Those who have seen some of television episodes and rejected it as being too simple or childish owe it to themselves to reserve final judgement until they have seen this movie.

In a nutshell, the story begins much like any other UY storyline. It's the day before the school cultural fair, with all of the craziness which that entails, and the usual gang of idiots is getting their cafe ready. But some strange things are going on - a tank which was destroyed yesterday is whole again this morning. And wasn't YESTERDAY the day before the fair? And why do all roads return to Tomobiki High School? The only two people who seem to be aware of the problem, moreover, are school nurse Sakura and every student's nemesis Onsen-Mark.

This sets up an exploration into the meaning of reality and dream, and the place of love within each. With lots of Takahashi's visual references and sight-gags, this is a film that NEEDS to be watched more than once - it's just not possible to catch everything the first time!

Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer features a few mild curses and comic-book violence, but has nothing that would be offensive to most people. The storyline, however, because of its frequent blurring of fantasy and reality might prove a bit hard to understand to some younger viewers.


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