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Ginga-tetsudô no yoru (1985)

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)
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Dr. Bulganillo, Campanella's Father (voice)
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Storyline

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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7 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Night on the Galactic Railroad  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Giovanni: The scorpion said "If I had accepted my fate and let the weasel eat me, at least then my death would have some purpose. Now I am going to die alone in this hole, my death will help no-one". Then the scorpion burst into flames.
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Connections

Referenced in Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Nearer, My God, To Thee
Lyrics by Sarah F. Adams
Music by Lowell Mason
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Night on the Galactic Railroad is amazing piece of mind bending cinematic work.
15 January 2002 | by (US) – See all my reviews

This by far is the best anime I have ever seen. With its slow moving and oft disturbing plot this is not a movie for everyone, especial the adolescent/short attention span types who have only seen slasher/action examples of anime.

This movie is so slow yet it sucks you in and you can't stop watching. I have never heard or seen anything like it and I don't think I ever will again. No movie I have ever seen has affected me half as much. Its amazing visuals, sounds and eerie plot make this fascinating movie hard to describe and do justice to it.

This movie definitely deserves a 10 out of 10.

P.S. If you are the crying type have tissues handy.


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