In 1918, civil wars are tearing Russia and China apart. Laconic adventurer Corto Maltese is hired by a Chinese secret society to capture a train that's taking Tzar's gold abroad. His friend Rasputin joins him, but only hell awaits them.
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I thought there was nothing as good as reading the graphic novels.
And still think that I was right but I admit that this was close. Very close.
The other day I was going to lend it to a friend, he didn't know it was animated and I hadn't realized about it. When I mentioned it my friend looked at me as if he was disappointed. But I kind of insisted. Some days later, once he had already seen it, he told me he was surprised about the quality an animated film can have. So, I don't say I am a manga fan but why do people have the concept of animated films as childish??? People have these awful concepts don't they.
Finally I think a story/legend/tale/myth like Corto Maltese should have his higher and deserved place in popular knowledge and we the ones that know him should collaborate to it. We must not let him stay away as he did frequently in his stories.
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