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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)
"Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku no tobira" (original title)

R  |   |  Animation, Action, Crime  |  16 May 2003 (USA)
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A terrorist explosion releases a deadly virus on the masses, and it's up the bounty-hunting Bebop crew to catch the cold-blooded culprit.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôichi Yamadera ...
Spike (voice)
Unshô Ishizuka ...
Jet (voice)
Megumi Hayashibara ...
Faye (voice)
Aoi Tada ...
Ed (voice)
Yûsaku Yara ...
Hoffman (voice)
Kazuhiko Inoue ...
Shadkins (voice)
Jûrôta Kosugi ...
Harris (voice)
Kinryû Arimoto ...
Captain (voice)
Hidekatsu Shibata ...
Colonel (voice)
Yûji Ueda ...
Lee (voice)
Nobuo Tobita ...
Murata (voice)
Rikiya Koyama ...
Steve (voice)
Ai Kobayashi ...
Electra (voice)
Jin Hirao ...
Antonio (voice)
Toshihiko Nakajima ...
Carlos (voice)
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The year is 2071. Following a terrorist bombing, a deadly virus is released on the populace of Mars and the government has issued a 300 million woo-long reward, the largest bounty in history, for the capture of whoever is behind it. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop; Spike, Faye, Jet and Ed, take the case with hopes of cashing in the bounty. However, the mystery surrounding the man responsible, Vincent, goes deeper than they ever imagined, and they aren't the only ones hunting him. The original creators of the virus have dispatched Electra to deal with Vincent and take out anyone who may stumble on the truth behind him. As the hunt for the man with no past and no future continues to escalate, they begin to question what about the world is reality and what is a dream as the line between sanity and insanity becomes more apparent. Written by Anonymous

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Also Known As:

Cowboy Bebop the Movie: Knockin' on Heaven's Door  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$234,429 (USA) (4 April 2003)

Gross:

$999,435 (USA) (11 July 2003)
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When Faye 'kills' the arcade game Lee Samson is playing, he becomes very upset that he didn't get to meet a character in the game. The name varies depending on the source of the translations and subtitles, but the character's name has been referred to as Spokey Dokey, Spooky Donkey and, in the Columbia Tristar distributed version, Sporky Donkey. Although the reason for the different translation is negligible, the Spokey Dokey translation is a reference to a song of the same name in the original series composed by Yoko Kanno, which is heard, amongst other times, at the beginning and end of the first episode, Asteroid Blues. See more »

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Numerous grammatical and spelling errors on computer screens (this was a loose translation by the Japanese crew). See more »

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Old Woman: He called you a cowboy. What did he mean? What are you?
Spike: Just a humble bounty hunter, ma'am.
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After the closing credits we are taken back to the Bebop living room. Spike naps on the couch. Spike: He was just all alone. He couldn't enjoy a game with anyone else. Like living in a dream... That's the kind of man he was... He spots a butterfly in the air and grabs it. He opens his hand. Nothing is there. TEXT: ARE YOU LIVING IN THE REAL WORLD? See more »

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Anime for the action lover/psychology major...
25 May 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku no tobira(Japan, animated, color, 2001) A.K.A. Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' On Heaven's Door or Cowboy Bebop: The Movie thanks to Bob Dylan's lawyers and the lackwits at Columbia TriStar Films Cast(French dub): Bruno Muellenaerts(Spike Spiegel) Arnaud Leonard(Vincent Volaju) Stephane Flamand(Edward) Shinichiro Watanabe's 1998 series Cowboy Bebop is considered by many to be a classic of animation on television, oozing style, violence and a great jazz-based score from every pore of it's existence. After a somewhat lengthy absence(long enough for Cartoon Network to release an English dub), the Bebop crew return in this fabulous film(released in North America in 2002 to some quite positive reviews from art house critics) that takes an interesting story and expands it in a way the series couldn't, there's some SERIOUS philosophical depth here, not as much as, say, End Of Evangelion, but enough for your average action flick.

Opening with an insanely cool convenience store robbery sequence(replete with memorable dialogue and a cool "fish-eye" framing technique) and not letting up until it's VERY METAPHORICAL and beautifully animated ending. CB:TNT packs on humor, drama, thrills and DEEP THOUGHT by the crateful. You'll laugh, you'll scream, you'll shout "THAT WAS F**KING COOL!!!!", you'll have the distinct urge to crash a lecture on the human psyche! This movie has it all!

Our protagonists are Spike(lazily voiced by a bored-sounding Muellenaerts), a slacking loser of a bounty hunter who harbors an "interesting" past, Jet(I couldn't find a voice credit for the French dub on IMDb), a ex-cop and master of vegetarian cooking, Faye(same as last note), a problem gambler with amnesia and Edward(given a soulfully bizarre lilt by Flamand), an androgynous female hacker with zero attention span and an unholy amount of flexibility(which she spends most of the film demonstrating). After a search for a local hacker with a five million dollar bounty on his head goes horridly wrong, the gang are left in pursuit of Vincent Volaju(Who Leonard lends an inherent amount of spookiness to), a bioterrorist with a military history who supposedly has been dead for the past three years., and really is!

After close to two hours of comedy, violence and mind-f**k plot developments, the end credits roll and you may wedge your way from the edge of your seat. The film entertains on many a level and will more than certainly please fans of the series as well as newcomers. Despite me having the desire to watch it French, the film is best experienced with the English dub(close to flawless, expect minor characters are wooden and there are a few agitating accents) or the original Japanese(despite the "authenticity", I never enjoyed the Japanese voices for the Bebop crew, except Jet) with subtitles in a language of your choice.

Verdict: 100/100, not be missed by anyone who loves action or anime.


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