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Galaxy Express 999 (1979)

Ginga tetsudô Three-Nine (original title)
The adventures of a brave young boy who travels from planet to planet in a determined quest to avenge his mother's death.

Director:

Rintaro

Writers:

Leiji Matsumoto (manga), Kon Ichikawa (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Masako Nozawa ... Tetsurô Hoshino (voice)
Masako Ikeda Masako Ikeda ... Maetel (voice)
Yôko Asagami ... Claire (voice)
Miyoko Asô Miyoko Asô ... Tochirô's Mother (voice)
Toshiko Fujita ... Shadow (voice)
Banjô Ginga Banjô Ginga ... Captain of the Guard (voice) (as Takashi Tanaka)
Yasuo Hisamatsu Yasuo Hisamatsu ... Antares (voice)
Makio Inoue ... Captain Harlock (voice)
Tatsuya Jô Tatsuya Jô ... Narrator (voice)
Ryôko Kinomiya Ryôko Kinomiya ... Queen Promethium (voice)
Kaneta Kimotsuki Kaneta Kimotsuki ... Conductor (voice)
Gorô Naya ... Doctor Ban (voice)
Noriko Ohara ... Ryûzu / Mîmé (voice)
Ryûji Saikachi Ryûji Saikachi ... Bartender (voice)
Hidekatsu Shibata Hidekatsu Shibata ... Kikai Hakushaku (Count Mecha) (voice)
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Storyline

Tetsuro Hoshino, orphaned by the Cyborgs, lives in a slum in the shadow of their megapolis. He steals a pass for Galaxy Express 999, and is saved by a mysterious woman called Maitre, a living image of his mother who had been killed by the Cyborgs. Wearing a special pendant, he sets out for Andromeda where he can obtain eternal life and avenge his parents' death. On his odyssey, he meets a gallery of fantastic characters that help him exterminate the evil Star of Andromeda which had been giving mechanical bodies to rich human beings. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Your imagination is the final destination.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The gun Tetsuo is given is a rare weapon called a Cosmo Dragoon. There are only a handful in the Universe. Harlock and Emeraldas also own Cosmo Dragoons See more »

Goofs

The length of the Galaxy Express 999 is inconsistent. A car count reveals that the number of cars varies from shot to shot. See more »

Alternate Versions

Around 35 minutes was cut from the original for the New World Pictures's Roger Corman's release. See more »

Connections

Remade as Galaxy Express 999 (2018) See more »

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Magical
28 January 2004 | by wavelength121See all my reviews

I was at my sister's apartment one night when I was around 14, and you know how it is when there is nothing on TV but you are bored so you keep flipping around, well this movie came on around 10 o'clock and I started watching it and although I wasn't able to follow what was going on exactly, I just could not turn it off. This movie was my first taste of Anime and it seems good Anime does that too you. I was deeply moved by Galaxy Express, to the point that I almost started crying towards the end. Quite a magical, imaginative movie. But yes, very very strange. I stayed up until two in the morning to see how it turned out.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

8 August 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Galaxy Express 999: The Signature Edition See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (New World Pictures) (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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