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Space Firebird (1980)

Hi no tori 2772: Ai no kosumozon (original title)
In the year 2772, a young cadet is sent to capture a mystical universal Phoenix, which possesses the power to rejuvenate the drained Earth.



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Cast overview:
Kaneto Shiozawa ...
Godô Shingo (voice)
Keiko Takeshita ...
The Phoenix (voice)
Hiroshi Ôtake ...
Crack (voice)
Katsue Miwa ...
Orga (voice)
Kazue Takahashi ...
Pincho (voice)
Kazuo Kumakura ...
Saruta (voice)
Masatô Ibu ...
Black Jack (voice)
Osamu Kobayashi ...
Shûichi Ikeda ...
Rock (voice)
Shûichirô Moriyama ...
Bolkan (voice)
Toshiko Fujita ...
Rena (voice)
Yasuo Hisamatsu ...
Lord Eat


The 2720s: The Earth is in decay and so are many of its colonies. A young and terrible kid is growing up by himself in a single-room "kindergarten cell" surrounded by the high-tech of the new millennium. For one of his birthdays, he receives an android nurse: beautiful woman-transformer, programmed to teach and protect the kid. Eventually the kid grows, gets accepted in the Space Academy and discovers enemies and friends as he races through the known Universe in the search for the Space Firebird, a semi-mythical creature of energy. In an effort to know the race of such a tenacious explorer, the creature "enters" the android and falls in love with its master and friend. Written by Radu Luchianov <thes@nws.aubg.bg>

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The karmic wheel has turned to 2772.


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Release Date:

13 July 1982 (USA)  »

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1.75 : 1
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Renowned animator/comic writer Osamu Tezuka has described the "Hi No Tori" ("Phoenix") comic as the culmination of his life's work, and (along with others) acknowledges it as his masterpiece. See more »


Follows Firebird: Daybreak Chapter (1978) See more »

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15 September 2004 | by (Hersehy, PA) – See all my reviews

This film can be summed up in one word: Retro. Ah the late 70s/early 80s when voice acting was bad and dubbing worse. Because of the age of this film, a subbed version is difficult to find and it isn't available at all on DVD. If you snoop about the online market places, however, you can usually find an old video rental copy of the horrendous English dub on VHS for around $10-$8.00. The painful English voice acting aside, and the rather groovy character design (bell-bottoms, big shoes and bad hair- hey it was 1979, NOBODY had good hair) the movie is actually quite enjoyable. Be aware that this film definitely falls under the category of "experimental film". It employs some unusual animation techniques for the time. Anyone familiar with Osamu Tezuka's "star system" will be amused to see whom he casts in what part. Kenichi and Sapphire take starring roles as Godo and Lena and Rock- as per usual- plays himself as the villainous but not necessarily evil minister of science. The movie centers primarily around two intertwining plot lines: the love triangle between Godo, his robot nursemaid Olga, and Rock's fiancé Lena as well as the more obvious contention between Rock and Godo over the fate of their home planet (which is rapidly deteriorating) and who will win Lena's affections. It's a long movie, a solid two hours, and begins to drag a bit right around the part where Godo and Co. must battle the Phoenix. However things get interesting again and Tezuka takes an extra 20min or so to wrap up the film with his usual "harm not the earth" message. All in all, the voice acting is forgivable due to the trippy animation, weird storyline, and back-handed Star Wars references. I give it an 8 out of 10. I'd probably like the subbed version even more.

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