Angel's Egg (1985)
"Tenshi no tamago" (original title)

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A mysterious young girl wanders a desolate, otherworldly landscape, carrying a large egg.



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Credited cast:
Mako Hyôdô ...
Girl (voice)
Jinpachi Nezu ...
Boy (voice)
Kei'ichi Noda ...


a young girl is the sole protector of a very precious, large egg. her lair is near a large, abandoned, decaying gothic city inhabited by restless shadows. a mysterious young man arrives one day, and eventually wins her trust. they converse sparsely about obscure philosophical and theological topics, and she shows him some astonishing fossils and works of historic and scientific art. the ending is a bit shocking, and very ambiguous, leaving many unanswered questions and tons of room for interpretation. Written by Rev. Elgaroo Brenza

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25 December 1985 (Japan)  »

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Angel's Egg  »

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The fish the fishermen hunt are Coelacanth. See more »


Boy: I've seen a tree like this somewere... When was it? So long ago that I've forgotten... Under a sky where the clouds made sound as they moved. The black horizon swelled and from it grew a huge tree. It sucked the life from the ground... And it's pulsing branches reached up, as if to grasp something...
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Lisa the Skeptic (1997) See more »

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An Interactive Experience
30 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie requires more work than most people are willing to put in, and ultimately is a useful tool to gauge one's own film expectations.

Where some complain of pace, I was content to listen to the glorious music (as even the characters on screen did) and allow it to tell me the story.

Only after I was forced to view a still image for an interminable amount of time, and feel the anger rise up in me as I imagined the creators of the film laughing at me, did I notice that it created the necessary tension for what was the climax of the film.

I enjoyed having to pay attention to the details of the film, such as how loud the running water was, and what happened when that volume changed; such as whose perspective was I looking from at a particular moment and why; such as why the image persisted but the sound did not, or vice versa; such as why the floor in the beginning looks like a chess board, and who seemed to win at the end.

The less you enjoy thinking about these things, the less you will enjoy this film about shattered innocence, life, death, birth, dreams, causality, and memory.

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