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7 February 1987 (Japan) See more »
A surreal science fiction noir involving a man trapped in a future where seemingly everyone is a government spy and all-night noodle stands are outlawed. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Shigeru Chiba ... Koichi Todome
Machiko Washio ... Midori Washio
Hideyuki Tanaka ... Soichiro Toribe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hideyo Amamoto ... Moongaze Ginji

Tesshô Genda ... Bunmei Muroto

Mako Hyôdô ... Young Lady
Yasuo Ôtsuka ... Taxi Driver

Directed by
Mamoru Oshii 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kazunori Itô 
Mamoru Oshii 

Produced by
Daisuke Hayashi .... producer
Shigeharu Shiba .... producer
Original Music by
Kenji Kawai 
Cinematography by
Yousuke Mamiya 
Film Editing by
Seiji Morita 
Sound Department
Kunio Kuwahara .... re-recording mixer
Yasufumi Yoda .... sound effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Yoshimi Hosaka .... lighting technician

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Red Spectacles" - Japan (English title) (informal title)
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Japan:116 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »

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Director Trademark: [Mamoru Oshii] [bassett hound]See more »
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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Original; but is that enough?, 16 March 2008
Author: D. B. from Nebraska, United States

This is, for lack of a better term, an art film. This should be said from the start, because while many of Oshii's anime films are of a philosophical bent, they hew closely enough to convention to appeal to mainstream movie fans. This film probably does not.

Judging the film as a whole, it makes some interesting philosophical points and pays off at the end. The question is whether this payoff is enough to justify what went before. I am not sure about this.

Normally one assesses a confusing film that can only be fully grasped at the end by looking at that film's secondary characteristics.

Judged as an art film, the movie's technique is expert, but it is not so innovative or visually compelling so as to justify the film by itself. There is nothing wrong with the acting in this movie, but it is not so compelling that it shifts one's focus from the film as a whole.

Judged as a more commercial or mainstream film, this movie is distinctive for its emphasis on humor. That humor is an old-fashioned form of slapstick however, and while this will make the film for some people, if you do not especially like this form of humor, then the fact that it is placed in a confusing and rather dark movie will prevent the individual bits of humor from coalescing into a funny unity greater than the sum of the parts.

The one thing that cannot be denied or dismissed, is that this film is an original one, and is philosophical without being preachy. If this is enough, then you are certain to be satisfied.

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