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Twilight of the Cockroaches (1989)

Gokiburi-tachi no tasogare (original title)
A colony of cockroaches lives peacefully in a messy bachelor's apartment until his new girlfriend moves in.

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Saitô
Setsuko Karasuma ...
Momoko
Kanako Fujiwara ...
Daughter
Eri Watanabe ...
Wife (as Eriko Watanabe)
Atsuko Asano ...
Naomi (voice)
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Naomi (1992) (voice)
Ichirôta Miyakawa ...
Ichirô (voice)
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Ichirô (1992) (voice) (as Steve Apostolina)
Mitsuru Hirata ...
Yasuo (voice)
Steve Bulen ...
Yasuo (1992) (voice)
Kôzô Shioya ...
Takashi (voice)
Bill Capizzi ...
Takashi (1992) (voice)
Ryoko Takakura ...
Parsley (voice)
Melora Harte ...
Parsley (1992) (voice)
Hiroshi Yagyû ...
Seiji (voice)
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A messy bachelor's apartment is a paradise for the huge colony of cockroaches living there: no sprays, no traps, and plenty of food. When the homeowner's girlfriend moves in, however, the party comes to an abrupt end, and the roaches must quickly adapt to a life of struggling for survival. Combines animation with live actors. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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5 May 1989 (USA)  »

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Ochiro: So it's come down to this... total war. But you know what? I'm going to survive it. I feel certain about that.
Hans: Maybe so. I hope so. Then when it's all over you and I can settle things between us.
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Featured in Anime Abandon: Twilight of the Cockroaches (2013) See more »

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Fantasia
Vocals and Lyrics by Shiori Kano
Music by Morgan Fisher
Courtesy of Kitty Records and µ Label
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Run Naomi! The Flit!
2 January 2000 | by (The Civilized Section of MD) – See all my reviews

How much you will enjoy this film depends greatly on whether you can set aside the usual reactions to verminous insects. Do that and Naomi, this movie's star, is actually kind of cute, in the way that naive 17-year-old girls often seem. With a human face and torso beneath her antennae and black carapace, she enjoys pool parties in the toilet bowl, smooches with her childhood sweetheart and is attracted to Kurt, the handsome soldier cockroach from the neighboring tribe. Her tribe's human host is a live-and-let-live sort of fellow, unlike the girl next door, sexy but merciless toward roaches. Disaster comes when the two people fall in love.

Everything is seen from the bugs' viewpoint, full of large and potentially dangerous objects. Trash, on the other hand, is full of wonders. The photography and animation are extremely well-handled. The biggest flaw is that the characters are pretty much one-dimensional, with the differences you'd expect between roach and human society too-little explored. But this is far more adult and more thought-provoking than the usual movie cartoon. And unlike other animated animals, these roaches don't sing.


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