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Space Firebird (1980)

Hi no tori 2772: Ai no kosumozôn (original title)
In the year 2772, a young cadet is sent to capture a mystical universal Phoenix, which possesses the power to rejuvenate the drained Earth.


Taku Sugiyama


Taku Sugiyama, Osamu Tezuka (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Kaneto Shiozawa ... Godô Shingo (voice)
Keiko Takeshita Keiko Takeshita ... The Phoenix (voice)
Hiroshi Ôtake Hiroshi Ôtake ... Crack (voice)
Katsue Miwa Katsue Miwa ... Orga (voice)
Kazue Takahashi Kazue Takahashi ... Pincho (voice)
Kazuo Kumakura Kazuo Kumakura ... Saruta (voice)
Masatô Ibu ... Black Jack (voice)
Osamu Kobayashi Osamu Kobayashi ... Ban
Shûichi Ikeda Shûichi Ikeda ... Rock (voice)
Shûichirô Moriyama Shûichirô Moriyama ... Bolkan (voice)
Toshiko Fujita ... Rena (voice)
Yasuo Hisamatsu Yasuo Hisamatsu ... Lord Eat


The 2720s: The Earth is in decay and so are many of its colonies. A young and terrible kid is growing up by himself in a single-room "kindergarten cell" surrounded by the high-tech of the new millennium. For one of his birthdays, he receives an android nurse: beautiful woman-transformer, programmed to teach and protect the kid. Eventually the kid grows, gets accepted in the Space Academy and discovers enemies and friends as he races through the known Universe in the search for the Space Firebird, a semi-mythical creature of energy. In an effort to know the race of such a tenacious explorer, the creature "enters" the android and falls in love with its master and friend. Written by Radu Luchianov <thes@nws.aubg.bg>

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The karmic wheel has turned to 2772.


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Did You Know?


Renowned animator/comic writer Osamu Tezuka has described the "Hi No Tori" ("Phoenix") comic as the culmination of his life's work, and (along with others) acknowledges it as his masterpiece. See more »


Followed by Hinotori (1998) See more »

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1 November 2004 | by barrencross777See all my reviews

I saw this movie when i was 7 years old and i still remember it as th e matter of facts i have it on my collection, it may look not good to adults or to the "newer" anime fan. but to me this is a classic(note it's very suitable for children) if you grew up with Starzinger(Spaceketeers) Mazinger Z, Voltes V, Techno Police 21C, Starblazers, Space Warriors Baldios many more from the era you will enjoy this! You will love Olga (Godo's female cyborg) and Pincho (friendly alien pet)This is the original serialized story for the theatrical film "The Phoenix," the theme of which is the immortality of life. Against the background of a futuristic universe, Godo, who at first has karma as a human being, is transformed into a god through numerous ordeals. As this was the first full-animated film, the outlines of human figures are slightly blurred, presenting a technical problem to be overcome. The entire story reflects Tezuka Osamu's desire to portray transformation, including the episode in which a female-shaped robot falls in love with a man and has her dream granted by the Phoenix.

Winner of the Inkpot Award at the 1980 San Diego Comic Convention, and the

Animation Award at the 1st Las Vegas Film Festival, 1980

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Release Date:

13 July 1982 (USA) See more »

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1.75 : 1
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