Galaxy Express 999 (1979)
"Ginga tetsudô Three-Nine" (original title)

PG  |   |  Animation, Sci-Fi, Adventure  |  8 August 1981 (USA)
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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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It's been three years since the destruction of planet La Maetel, but the Machine Empire is as great of a threat as ever. Teen Tetsuro, now a rebel fighter, learns that Galaxy Express 999 is returning and that Maetel is on it.

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


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 <>

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8 August 1981 (USA)  »

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Galaxy Express 999: The Signature Edition  »

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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 »


Remake of Ginga tetsudô Three-Nine (1978) See more »

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One Of The Best Anime Features Ever
27 July 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this as a child in the late eighties and I must say, Galaxy Express is one of those films that sticks in your imagination for a long time. If you've never understood the appeal of anime, discovering this film may be your golden ticket to Otaku-town.

The story is as delicate and poetic as Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. The cell animation, while somewhat traditional, possesses a vivid style that explosively portrays Leiji Matsumoto's great talent for character design and visual storytelling.

This is one of those unique children's films like Star Wars, The Dark Crystal and The Wizard of Oz that completely transcends 'family entertainment' status and stands as a classic of cinema on its own terms.

I highly recommend this film.

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