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Ihatôbu gensô, Kenji no haru (1996)

The story of Kenji Miyazawa, the beloved Japanese poet, who also wrote Night on the Galactic Railroad.


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Credited cast:
Shirô Sano ...
Kenji Miyazawa
Mariko Kouda ...
Chikao Ohtsuka ...
Kenji's father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor Chin ...
Farmer (voice)
Kirk Durham ...
Tetsuo (voice)
Janathan Funk ...
Teikichi (voice)
Farmer, Kuni (voice)
Susan Jaget ...
Kenji's Mother (voice)
Ron Jaxson ...
Kenji (voice)
Wendell Kimsell ...
Kenji's Father (voice)
James Klein ...
Chusaku, Student (voice)
Neil Maclean ...
Farmer, Student (voice)
Herb Mendelson ...
Kanai (voice)
Elissa Sarna ...
Toshi (voice)
Ronald Scovil Jr. ...
Farmer (voice)


The story of Kenji Miyazawa, the famous Japanese poet, science-fiction writer, teacher, and amateur scientist. Like "Shakespeare in Love," the movie is a rather-fictionalized account of a brief period in the authors life, culminating with the creation of his most popular work - in this case, "A Night on the Galactic Railroad." Written by Jeremy Bristol

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14 December 1996 (Japan)  »

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Spring and Chaos  »

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Very good animated biopic
8 June 2001 | by (Plattsmouth, NE) – See all my reviews

I never thought I'd say this about a biopic, but there is a near over-abundance of characterization (especially concerning Kenji Miyazawa's emotions) and too little on the literal occurrences in his life--by the end, I'm not sure if he dies (he's supposed to), or if his sister finally dies (she's supposed to), or if the director spent a little too much time on the Galactic Railroad (that's an inside joke, in case you missed it--Miyazawa wrote a children's book called Night on the Galactic Railroad). However, this glimpse inside the mind of a writer who "sketched poetry and fairy tales from his imagination" is very intelligent, creative, entertaining, and emotionally powerful.

All this despite the fact that everyone is animated as animals (like in many of Miyazawa's stories).

Some of the visuals are truly astounding, especially considering that it was a made for TV movie. Seriously, some of them (like the sequence with birds trailing blue light) rival parts of Fantasia. However, I still can't stand computer animation when it is mixed with cel animation. The CGI trains are horribly obvious--even more so than the Anastasia train.


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