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Kureopatora (1970)

In order to foil the enemy aliens' "Cleopatra Plan", three people from the future are spiritually sent back to Cleopatra's time to understand the enemy intentions.

Writers:

Osamu Tezuka (idea and story), Shigemi Satoyoshi (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chinatsu Nakayama Chinatsu Nakayama ... Cleopatra (voice)
Kotoe Hatsui Kotoe Hatsui ... Apolodria (voice)
Tsubame Yanagiya Tsubame Yanagiya ... Lupa (voice)
Nobuo Tsukamoto Nobuo Tsukamoto ... Ionius (voice)
Kazuko Imai Kazuko Imai ... Calpurnia (voice)
Susumu Abe Susumu Abe ... Cabagonis (voice)
Yoshiro Kato Yoshiro Kato ... Tarabahha-shochô (voice) (as Katô Yoshirô)
Nachi Nozawa Nachi Nozawa ... Octavian (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hajime Hana Hajime Hana ... Caesar (voice)
Osami Nabe Osami Nabe ... Antonius (voice)
Jitsuko Yoshimura ... Lybia (voice)
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Storyline

Three people from the future are spiritually sent back in time to relive the era of Caesar, Marc Anthony and Cleopatra. As close companions to these key historical figures, they seek to understand the nature of an enemy's plan in their own time. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

24 April 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cleopatra: Queen of Sex See more »

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Production Co:

Mushi Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the team behind the film previously made the film's spiritual predecessor One Thousand and One Arabian Nights (1969). After Cleopatra seriously underperformed, the tensions among the production crew increased and culminated with a split over who gets to own the rights to Triton (1968) animation, their next planned job. See more »

Connections

References Osomatsu-kun (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Guerrilla no uta
Lyrics by Osamu Tezuka (as Kahei Nô)
Music by Hitoshi Komuro
Sung by Rokumonsen
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A bizarre yet brilliant tragedy
5 December 1999 | by Dennis HirschmannSee all my reviews

Osamu Tezuka's vision of Cleopatra might be one of the most under-rated movies in the history of Japanese animation. Maybe it's because the movie is very old or maybe because it was promoted as a sex-cartoon outside of Japan. But people are missing a really wonderful gem here.

In one scene there is nothing-is-holy slapstick, nonsense and experimental FX and the next one is dead serious again. But it might be this very bizarre mixture of humor and drama that make this movie so emotional and unforgettable.

On the technical side the movie is very well done. The animation are fluid and even though they can't compare with later productions they are very good for their time. The musical score doesn't have a wide variety of styles but it always suits the scene and the wonderful main theme certainly ensures that tears will be shed at the end.

I can't highly enough recommend this movie even if it might not be everybody's cup of tea.


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