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Cleopatra (1970)

Kureopatora (original title)
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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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

24 April 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cleopatra: Queen of Sex See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mushi Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Released in America with a cheap English dub in a rush to win back the money it lost in Japan before the studio goes bankrupt, the film was advertised as the first X-rated animated film (even though Fritz the Cat in actuality came out first), but this did not help the movie find its audience in the States, and it ended up being a huge Box Office bomb for the studio. See more »

Crazy Credits

Before the Japanese opening credits there is a text card in English: "This story is a fiction, so all responsibility does'nt lie on the production staff because the character of this story are all fictitious." (Spelling and grammar as seen on screen.) See more »

Connections

References Gegege no Kitarô (1968) 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 truly gem of feature animation
30 January 2010 | by nickmovie-1See all my reviews

Certainly has some superfluous things in this fabulous feature Japanese animation. The futuristic framework inside the narrative about Cleopatra goes on for example. The same could be said about the characters of the secondary plot, Lybia and her lover. Alas, in fact one is mainly support for the other – if those characters doesn't exist at all, there isn't need to secondary plot. Nothing this, nor the quality just reasonable of the animation properly, nothing much different of trivial TV product, take off the bright of this beautiful film. Probably influenced by the libertarian atmosphere of the time were produced, it use in the proper manner its idiosyncrasies, provoking a stunning effect, promoted mostly by its occasional appearance. The mainly example of this is the festival in tribute to Caesar, all made by references of art history. Or its intense, but usually not vulgar, sexuality. Like in the moment almost abstract that Caesar makes love with Cleopatra and we just see two mainly lines waving in an empty frame. Its eroticism, could even be accused of misogynistic, mainly in the humorous grotesque figure of Lupa, the pet Leopard of Cleopatra, but the women are far to be only victims. At some point they just manipulate the fool men through the only value they usually consider in them: sex. Once more that is far to be the rule. Marcus Antonius is completely obsessed by Cleopatra and treats her in the more dignified way. Through all the film we receive creativity in the right doses in terms of narrative too. Although our heroes came from space, just in a unique moment, a modern object is put in foreground – the revolver that saves the life of the brave gladiator against a human-monster ten times more strong than him. In some moments what is stunning is the own situation, like the bold scene when Cleopatra finds Caesar with his own naked mother in the bed. One of the best effects that this bizarre (in a good sense) movie provokes is that it doesn't make any use of the common clichés of the time, like psychedelic images, to emulate its libertarian creativity. It is even more powerful and bizarre in its trivial animation style. Unfurtenately, its creative approach to sex was intentionally or not misunderstood when its abroad release, gaining the stupid title of "Cleopatra, Queen of Sex"


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