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Writers:
Marc Handler (writer: English version)
Keiko Nobumoto (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 September 2001 (Japan) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
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User Reviews:
The Greatest Anime Movie Ever for the Greatest Anime Series Ever. See more (114 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Steve Blum ... Spike Spiegel (voice: English version) (as Steven Blum)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Spike Spiegel (voice: Japanese version)

Beau Billingslea ... Jet Black (voice: English version)
Unshô Ishizuka ... Jet Black (voice: Japanese version)
Megumi Hayashibara ... Faye Valentine (voice: Japanese version)
Wendee Lee ... Faye Valentine (voice: English version)
Melissa Fahn ... Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivruski IV (voice: English version)
Aoi Tada ... Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivruski IV (voice: Japanese version)
Yûsaku Yara ... Hoffman (voice: Japanese version)
Kazuhiko Inoue ... Shadkins (voice: Japanese version)
Jûrôta Kosugi ... Harris (voice: Japanese version)
Kinryû Arimoto ... Captain (voice: Japanese version)
Hidekatsu Shibata ... Colonel (voice: Japanese version)
Yûji Ueda ... Lee Sampson (voice: Japanese version)
Nobuo Tobita ... Murata (voice: Japanese version)
Rikiya Koyama ... Steve (voice: Japanese version)

Jennifer Hale ... Electra Ovirowa (voice: English version)
Ai Kobayashi ... Electra Ovirowa (voice: Japanese version)
Jin Hirao ... Antonio (voice: Japanese version)
Toshihiko Nakajima ... Carlos (voice: Japanese version)
Hiroshi Naka ... Jobim (voice: Japanese version)
Tsutomu Tareki ... Punch (voice: Japanese version)
Miki Nagasawa ... Judy (voice: Japanese version)
Renji Ishibashi ... Renji (voice: Japanese version)
Yôsuke Akimoto ... Analyzer A (voice: Japanese version)
Kazuya Ichijô ... Analyzer B (voice: Japanese version)
Eisuke Yoda ... Antique Store Owner (voice: Japanese version)
Takashi Nagasako ... Newscaster Mark Rather (voice: Japanese version)
Takehiro Koyama ... Laughing Bull (voice: Japanese version)
Yutaka Nakano ... Bob (voice: Japanese version)
Houko Kuwashima ... Female Cashier (voice: Japanese version)
Masuo Amada ... Robber A (voice: Japanese version)
Junichi Sugawara ... Robber B (voice: Japanese version)
Isshin Chiba ... Robber C (voice: Japanese version)
Katsuyuki Konishi ... Robber D (voice: Japanese version)
Kujira ... Old Lady (voice: Japanese version)
Kazusa Murai ... Reporter Chris Riley (voice: Japanese version)
Tsutomu Isobe ... Vincent Volaju (voice: Japanese version)

Daran Norris ... Vincent Volaju (voice: English version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

J. Grant Albrecht ... Hoffman (voice: English version) (as Grant J. Albrecht)
Kirk Baily ... Robber D (voice: English version)

Frank Catalano ... Punky Thief (voice: English version)

Ewan Chung ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Mickey Curtis ... Rasheed (voice: Japanese version) (as Mikkî Kâchisu)

Michael Desante ... Moroccan Villager C (voice: English version)

Murphy Dunne ... Captain (voice: English version)
Dorothy Elias-Fahn ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Stoney Emshwiller ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Said Faraj ... Moroccan Villager B (voice: English version)

Michael Forest ... Ticket (voice: English version)

Crispin Freeman ... Operator (voice: English version)
Jerry Gelb ... Shadkins (voice: English version)

Barbara Goodson ... Old Woman (voice: English version)

Michael Gregory ... Laughing Bull (voice: English version)

Nicholas Guest ... Rasheed (voice: English version)
Leslie Hicks ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
William Knight ... Vandamme (voice: English version)
Steve Kramer ... Carlos (voice: English version)

Lex Lang ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Michael Lindsay ... Taxi Driver (voice: English version)
Peter Lurie ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Jad Mager ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn ... Reporter Chris Riley (voice: English version)
Lynsey McLeod ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Peggy O'Neal ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Joe Ochman ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Bob Papenbrook ... Antique Dealer (voice: English version)
Jamieson Price ... Analyzer B / Spy B (voice: English version)
Michael Reisz ... Murata (voice: English version)
Mike Reynolds ... Colonel (voice: English version) (as Mike L. Reynolds)

Ron Roggé ... Soldier / Weather Man 2 (voice: English version) (as Ron Roggie)
Michelle Ruff ... Cashier (voice: English version)
Lia Sargent ... Judy (voice: English version)
Brianne Siddall ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

John Snyder ... Bob (voice: English version)
Peter Spellos ... Duvchenko / Queen (voice: English version)
Paul St. Peter ... Newscaster Mark Rather / Punch (voice: English version)
Carol Stanzione ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Doug Stone ... Analyzer (voice: English version)
Kirk Thornton ... Steve (voice: English version)

Fred Toma ... Moroccan Villager A (voice: English version)

Mirron E. Willis ... Harris (voice: English version)
Dave Wittenberg ... Lee Sampson (voice: English version)
Tom Wyner ... Rengle (voice: English version)
Kevin Seymour ... Antonio / Jobim (voice: English version) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Shinichirô Watanabe 
Hiroyuki Okiura (opening scene) (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marc Handler  writer: English version
Keiko Nobumoto  screenplay
Hajime Yatate  based on the story by

Produced by
Haruyo Kanesaku .... producer
Yutaka Maseba .... producer
Masahiko Minami .... producer
Minoru Takanashi .... producer
Ryôhei Tsunoda .... executive producer
Masuo Ueda .... producer
Takayuki Yoshii .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Yôko Kanno 
 
Cinematography by
Yôichi Ôgami (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Shûichi Kakesu 
 
Production Design by
Shiho Takeuchi 
 
Art Direction by
Atsushi Morikawa 
 
Art Department
Masami Goto .... storyboard artist
Naoko Horikawa .... color setting
Yasuhiro Irie .... storyboard support
Yutaka Izubuchi .... storyboard artist
Yoshiko Kishi .... color setting
Takako Matsumoto .... color setting
Yoshie Murakami .... color setting
Akemi Nagao .... color setting
Yutaka Nakamura .... storyboard artist
Shihoko Nakayama .... color designer
Shihoko Nakayama .... color setting
Shinichirô Watanabe .... storyboard artist
Takahiro Ômori .... storyboard support
 
Sound Department
Les Claypool III .... sound supervisor
Katsuyoshi Kobayashi .... sound director
Samuel Libraty .... additional adr recordist
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
 
Special Effects by
Toshio Hasegawa .... special effects: Marix
Yutaka Hoshiba .... special effects: Marix
Toyohiko Sakakibara .... special effects: Marix
Sachi Suzuki .... special effects: Marix
Kumiko Taniguchi .... special effects: Marix
 
Visual Effects by
Toshio Hasegawa .... visual effects
Yutaka Hoshiba .... visual effects
Kazuhiro Kinoshita .... digital animation supervisor
 
Animation Department
Chieko Abe .... inbetween animator: Studio Add
Takao Abo .... key animator
Mariko Aikawa .... inbetween animator: Studio Cockpit
Masahiro Andô .... key animator
Keiko Anno .... assistant animation checker
Keiko Anno .... inbetween animator
Takashi Aoi .... background artist: green
Koichi Arai .... key animator
Tatsuo Arai .... inbetween animator: Studio Gush
Kazuhisa Asai .... background artist
Ha Gwon Bong .... background artist: Team's Art
Takeaki Bunno .... key animator
Hisashi Eguchi .... key animator
Masahiro Emoto .... key animator
Hanako Enomoto .... inbetween animator: Gainax
Takaaki Fukuyo .... key animator
Masami Goto .... animation director
Masami Goto .... key animator
Miyuki Harada .... inbetween animator: Bee Train
Atsushi Hasebe .... key animator
Yuka Hasegawa .... inbetween animator: Radix
Katsuhiro Hashi .... background artist
Jun'ichi Hashimoto .... inbetween animator
Asuka Hata .... inbetween animator
Sachiyo Hiraide .... inbetween animator
Kobe Hiroyuki .... key animator
Yoshinori Hishinuma .... background artist: green
Takumi Honma .... background artist
Yumi Hunamoto .... inbetween animator: Studio Cockpit
Genji Ikeda .... inbetween animator: Studio Add
Isamu Imakake .... key animator
Toshie Inomata .... inbetween animator: Last House
Kentaro Inoue .... inbetween animator: Studio Wombat
Kiyomi Ishiwata .... inbetween animator: Studio Live
Yasuhisa Isobe .... background artist
Yukimi Isozaki .... inbetween animator: Studio Wombat
Sagako Itakura .... background artist
Ichirô Itano .... key animator
Sachiko Ito .... inbetween animator
Takeshi Ito .... assistant animation director
Takeshi Ito .... key animator
Ryota Itoh .... key animator
Yoshiyuki Itô .... assistant animation director
Yoshiyuki Itô .... key animator
Kiyohiro Iwasaki .... background artist
Michiko Kagawa .... inbetween animator: Studio Cockpit
Noriko Kai .... inbetween animator: Studio Cockpit
Tomie Kamiyama .... inbetween animator
Nao Kamoshida .... inbetween animator: Studio Wombat
Hiroyuki Kanbe .... key animator
Hiroko Kanehara .... inbetween animator: Studio Deen
Takanobu Kanno .... background artist
Ai Kato .... inbetween animator: Studio Add
Kumiko Katou .... inbetween animator: Bee Train
Hitoshi Katsura .... inbetween animator: Anime World Osaka
Eizô Kawada .... inbetween animator: Takuranke
Takashi Kawaguchi .... key animator
Toshihiro Kawamoto .... animation director
Toshiyuki Kawano .... key animator
Mi-kyung Kim .... background artist: Team's Art
Kunihiko Kimura .... inbetween animator: Anime World Osaka
Kazuhiro Kinoshita .... background artist: Digital Work
Ai Kitajima .... inbetween animator: Accel
Satoshi Koike .... inbetween animator: Takuranke
Shinya Kokaji .... inbetween animator: Anime World Osaka
Eiji Komatsu .... key animator
Masatomo Komine .... inbetween animator: Studio Add
Yoshiharu Kudo .... key animator
Akiko Kumada .... inbetween animator: Studio Deen
Shingo Kuragari .... inbetween animator: Studio Live
Chizuko Kusunoki .... inbetween animator
Tomoya Kuwahara .... inbetween animator: Studio Line
Hye Yeon Lee .... background artist: Team's Art
Young Sang Lee .... background artist: Team's Art
Hidenori Maeda .... inbetween animator: Radix
Yu Maruyama .... inbetween animator: Gainax
Izumi Masui .... inbetween animator
Keisuke Masunaga .... key animator
Kenji Matano .... inbetween animator: Studio Add
Hiroki Matsumoto .... background artist
Takuya Matsumura .... inbetween animator: XEBEC
Kazuhiro Miwa .... inbetween animator: Last House
Tadaaki Miyata .... key animator
Tomoki Mizuno .... key animator
Atsushi Morikawa .... background artist
Hiromitsu Morishita .... key animator
Yasuko Moriya .... inbetween animator
Tae Motodate .... inbetween animator: Studio Cockpit
Yasushi Muraki .... key animator
Satsuki Muramatsu .... inbetween animator: Studio Cockpit
Shûkô Murase .... key animator
Mutsumi Murata .... inbetween animator: Studio Deen
Tetsuhiko Nagashima .... background artist
Masafumi Nakagawa .... inbetween animator: Studio Deen
Norifumi Nakamura .... background artist: green
Yutaka Nakamura .... animation director
Keiya Nakano .... inbetween animator: Studio Deen
Kyoko Nakayama .... background artist: Bic Studio
Hiromitsu Narumi .... background artist
Takahiro Ninagawa .... inbetween animator: Takuranke
Yudai Niwa .... inbetween animator: Takuranke
Noriko Ohashi .... background artist
Kazuo Okada .... background artist
Hiroyuki Okaji .... inbetween animator: Anime World Osaka
Ayako Okamoto .... inbetween animator: Radix
Yasue Okamoto .... inbetween animator: Last House
Takashi Okamura .... inbetween animator
Tensai Okamura .... key animator
Mayumi Oku .... inbetween animator: Last House
Masato Onoda .... inbetween animator: Studio Live
Takayuki Onoda .... inbetween animator: Studio Add
Mitsunao Onogi .... inbetween animator: Studio Wombat
Tomoyuki Oshita .... inbetween animator: Anime World Osaka
Miho Otsuka .... inbetween animator
Keiko Oyama .... inbetween animator: Radix
Hisashi Saitô .... key animator
Masami Saitô .... background artist
Tsunenori Saitô .... assistant animation director
Tsunenori Saitô .... key animator
Tatsuya Sakai .... background artist: green
Tsuyoshi Sakai .... inbetween animator: Last House
Tomoyasu Sakakibara .... inbetween animator: Bee Train
Chiyoko Sakamoto .... inbetween animator: Radix
Tsukasa Sakurai .... inbetween animator: Studio Line
Hirotoshi Sano .... key animator
Yoko Sasa .... background artist: green
Mutsumi Sasaki .... inbetween animator: Bee Train
Masayoshi Sato .... key animator
Yu Che Shen .... background artist
Emi Shibata .... inbetween animator: Studio Add
Masato Shibata .... background artist
Reiko Shibuya .... background artist
Teizô Shimada .... assistant animation checker (as Teizo Shimasa)
Teizô Shimada .... inbetween animator (as Teizo Shimada)
Hyun Mi Shin .... background artist: Team's Art
Mika Shirota .... inbetween animator: Bee Train
Naoko Soeda .... inbetween animator: Radix
Haruo Sotozaki .... key animator
Tadatomo Sugawara .... inbetween animator: Takuranke
Yoko Sugita .... inbetween animator: Studio Wombat
Noriko Sugiyama .... inbetween animator: Studio Cockpit
Rie Sugiyama .... background artist: green
Fumiko Suzuki .... inbetween animator
Hiromi Suzuki .... inbetween animator: Studio Cockpit
Megumi Suzuki .... inbetween animator: Radix
Norimitsu Suzuki .... key animator
Satoshi Suzuki .... inbetween animator: Radix
Hisayuki Tabata .... inbetween animator: Studio Deen
Akifumi Takahashi .... inbetween animator: Studio Gush
Hideki Takahashi .... key animator
Ryo Takahashi .... inbetween animator: Radix
Yoko Takahashi .... inbetween animator: XEBEC
Yuko Takahashi .... inbetween animator
Tomiko Takamori .... inbetween animator
Kumiko Takayanagi .... inbetween animator
Shingo Takeba .... layout supervisor
Setsuko Takenouchi .... inbetween animator
Hiroshi Takeuchi .... key animator
Naomi Takeuchi .... inbetween animator: Radix
Shiho Takeuchi .... key animator
Shiho Takeuchi .... layout supervisor
Tatsufumi Tamagawa .... key animator
Kotaro Tamamoto .... inbetween animator: Bee Train
Kenji Tanabe .... inbetween animator: Studio Add
Haruka Tanaka .... inbetween animator: Gainax
Hiro Tanaka .... inbetween animator
Kumiko Tanihira .... inbetween animator: Anime Torotoro
Takashi Tomioka .... assistant animation director
Takashi Tomioka .... key animator
Toshiyuki Tsuru .... key animator
Chinatsu Ueno .... inbetween animator: Studio Cockpit
Yoshihiko Umakoshi .... key animator
Eiji Wakamatsu .... background artist
Taeko Watanabe .... inbetween animator
Chizu Yagyu .... inbetween animator
Hiroyuki Yamada .... inbetween animator: Radix
Yoshikazu Yamada .... inbetween animator: Studio Add
Tetsuichi Yamagishi .... key animator
Asahi Yamaguchi .... inbetween animator
Hiroyo Yamamoto .... inbetween animator: Anime World Osaka
Midori Yamamoto .... assistant animation checker
Midori Yamamoto .... inbetween animator
Tomoyo Yamamoto .... inbetween animator: Last House
Yukari Yamaura .... inbetween animator: Anime Torotoro
Atsuko Yamazaki .... inbetween animator: Studio Add
Kazuhiko Yokota .... inbetween animator
Akitoshi Yokoyama .... key animator
Aya Yoshida .... inbetween animator
Ken'ichi Yoshida .... assistant animation director
Kenichi Yoshida .... key animator
Riko Yoshidama .... inbetween animator
Yumiko Yoshikawa .... inbetween animator
Mitsuo Yoshino .... background artist
Masaki Yoshizaki .... background artist
Hiroshi Ôsaka .... assistant animation director
Kiyomi Ôta .... background artist (as Kiyomi Ota)
Ken Ôtsuka .... key animator (as Ken Ootsuka)
 
Music Department
Mem Nahadr .... musician
 
Other crew
Osamu Maseba .... production coordinator: English voices
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn .... adr director: English voices
Rika Takahashi .... translator: ZRO Limit
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku no tobira" - Japan (original title)
"Cowboy Bebop the Movie: Knockin' on Heaven's Door" - USA
"Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heavens Door" - USA (video title)
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Runtime:
115 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The movie playing at the drive-in where Jet and Bob meet is High Noon (1952).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Numerous grammatical and spelling errors on computer screens (this was a loose translation by the Japanese crew).See more »
Quotes:
Spike:[fighting Electra, who seems a formidable opponent] Are all the employees here like you? You got some pretty classy moves for a corporate girl.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
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39 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
The Greatest Anime Movie Ever for the Greatest Anime Series Ever., 19 June 2002
Author: lleshf from USA

This movie was so perfect that it was almost too good to be true. If you are a fan of the Anime, you will LOVE this series. The Anime is without a doubt, the greatest animated series of all time. Everything else is far inferior compared to the greatness that is Cowboy BeBop. So I remember seeing this movie months ago and I set my expectations low because I didn't want to be that disappointed. Boy was I amazed at what I saw! I loved every bit, every aspect of this film. Once again, the Great Watanabe ,Nobumoto and co. have amazed the world of Otaku lovers with this work of sheer brilliance. Amazing production, amazing quality and I just love these people! Oh and I love Bandai, Sotsu, Sunrise. The music in this was astounding, as expected from the super-talented Yoko Kanno. She is in her own domain of musical excellence. The tracks were amazing, and contrary to what a previous reviewer has stated, the opener to this movie is so hip, funky and jazzy that you will want a copy of it and all the other amazing tracks featured in this film. The entire crew did an amazing job! The main characters that we all love, were treated with grace, dignity and were all handled beautifully. We were even treated to new characters that revealed themselves to be very deep and realistic. The script was amazing, so humane and real and yet often at times gush of sheer 'poetry'. The action sequences were a treat and are unforgettable. The animation in this is far superior to that of the series and are so groundbreaking that I feel that no hand-to-hand combat scenes or arial fight scenes have EVER been animated with this sort of amazing quality and sheer realism. They are sight to behold. Again, the crew responsible in this did an amazing job! I can't praise the creators of this enough! As far as the plot, everything seems to flow together smoothly and just as the series, at times, is almost 'artsy' in terms of momentum shifts and 'high and low periods' where everything just seems to fit in perfectly and make perfect sense. Folks, this film is a product that far surpasses anything Hollywood has given us in terms of this genre (non-animated even) for the passed 20 years. This far exceeds anything in terms of entertainment for that time period, IMHO. Granted, the characters and source material was so good that nobody could have ultimately 'messed up' a Cowboy BeBop movie. But still, this movie far exceeded mine and others expectations. When you read all these reviews you must realize that they are not all completely wrong. This movie is very very good, at the very least. Now, I see that some of the later reviewers were more critical of this then they were praising of it. Now, that is just silly, IMHO. I think these reviewers were so overanalyzed this thing to death, that they were only looking for what may be the slightest 'wrong thing' in this movie and decided to expound on them in their reviews. Don't take the very critical critics in here too seriously. These people probably have seen this thing 5 times straight and then after the 6th viewing decided one morning that this movie was not as good as they originally thought it was. This movie is so close to perfect that it would take the most anal of critics or the most yuppy of coffee drinking critics to find something even slightly wrong with this work of art. So, in other words, the critical ones on here are reading too into this and think that this is some sort of arthouse project that must contain some sort of hidden message that reveals the 'secret of life' or something.

In conclusion, if you are true BeBop fan, you will absolutely LOVE this movie to no end! If you are not a BeBop fan (as if those even exist) but love anime, you will still find this movie to be utterly amazing. If you do not appreciate any animated films whatsoever, you will still find this movie to be the 'exception' for it will be far superior to anything you have ever seen in years (non-animated wise). This movie was excellent in every aspect and is truly memorable in every way.

Bottom line, see this movie and prepare to be entertained.

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