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Kenji Miyazawa's Night on the Galactic Express (1985)
"Ginga-tetsudo no yoru" (original title)

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Two kittens go on a metaphysical journey on a magical railroad train.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mayumi Tanaka ...
Giovanni (voice)
Chika Sakamoto ...
Campanella (voice)
Junko Hori ...
Zanelli (voice)
Ayumi Ishijo ...
(voice)
Kaori Nakahara ...
Kaoru (voice)
Yoshie Shimamura ...
Givoanni no haha (voice)
Shun Yashiro ...
(voice)
Reiko Niimura ...
Old Woman (voice)
Chikao Ohtsuka ...
Birdcatcher (voice)
Hidehiro Kikuchi ...
Young Man (voice)
Yuriko Fuchizaki ...
(voice)
Tetsuya Kaji ...
Train Conductor Shashou (voice)
Takeshi Aono ...
Wireless operator (voice)
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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cat | train | anime | surrealism | japan | See more »


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7 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ginga-tetsudo no yoru  »

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The language depicted in texts/captions throughout the film is Esperanto, an artificial universal language that was created to be spoken internationally, and in which Kenji Miyazawa was deeply interested. The film even holds a title in Esperanto ("Nokto de la Galaksia Fervojo"). See more »

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Referenced in Ihatôbu gensô, Kenji no haru (1996) See more »

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Hallelujah Chorus
from "Messiah"
by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
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Slow, Cryptic, Beautiful
26 January 2002 | by (Algoma, WI) – See 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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