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Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer (1984)

Urusei Yatsura 2: Byûtifuru dorîmâ (original title)
The night before the school festival, things seem to be repeating themselves. Gradually, all the world functions come to a stop, the only ones that are not affected are a select group of student friends.

Director:

Mamoru Oshii

Writers:

Mamoru Oshii (screenplay), Rumiko Takahashi (comic)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fumi Hirano ... Lum (voice)
Toshio Furukawa ... Ataru Moroboshi (voice)
Akira Kamiya ... Mendou (voice)
Kazuko Sugiyama ... Ten (voice)
Saeko Shimazu ... Shinobu (voice)
Mayumi Tanaka ... Ryuunosuke (voice)
Shigeru Chiba ... Megane (voice)
Akira Murayama Akira Murayama ... Perm (voice)
Shinji Nomura Shinji Nomura ... Kakugari (voice)
Issei Futamata ... Chibi (voice)
Ken'ichi Ogata Ken'ichi Ogata ... Ataru's Father (voice)
Natsumi Sakuma Natsumi Sakuma ... Ataru's Mother (voice)
Michihiro Ikemizu Michihiro Ikemizu ... Onsen-Mark (voice)
Masahiro Anzai Masahiro Anzai ... Ryuunosuke's Father (voice)
Tomomichi Nishimura Tomomichi Nishimura ... Principal (voice)
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Storyline

Lum is a cheerful alien who now lives with her human fiancée, Ataru and her goods friends on earth. The night before the school festival, the world begins to change, things seem to be repeating themselves. Gradually, all necessary functions come to a stop, people disappearing, streets deserting, buildings decaying except Lum and her friends who live ever happier. When they begin to probe the truth, they find out it's somebody's dream that is changing the world... Written by Tzung-I Lin <tzung@hugo.att.com>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 February 1984 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Kitty Films,Pierrot See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is based around an old Japanese folk story named "Urashima Taro". This tale shares similarities to "Rip Van Winkle" and "Pandora's Box", and is one of the stories Japanese children learn. See more »

Quotes

[Regarding Lum]
Mujaki: I knew right away that she'd been born under a very unusual star...
Sakura: Well, she came from a different one...
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the film, after the music dies out, the school's clock tower chimes until the screen fades to black. See more »

Alternate Versions

There was an additional dream sequence that is missing in all versions subsequent to the original Japanese theatrical release. It is set in a grim future world where Ataru is an elderly homeless man. Unlike the other dreams, this one is played seriously. The missing sequence supposedly occurs after the one where Ataru gets hit on the head with a mallet by Mujaki, resulting in an abrupt cut in the film. See more »

Connections

Follows Urusei Yatsura: Only You (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Love is a Boomerang
(Ai wa Buumeran)
Vocals by Yûko Matsutani
Lyrics by Yoshiko Miura
Music by Ryô Matsuda
Arranged by Nobuyuki Shimizu
Ending Theme
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Delightful
4 January 2010 | by KassdhalSee all my reviews

The TV series was relatively funny and watchable but did not let any great memory. This movie however is playing the dream and let you a long and delightful taste. Simply put, with 15 years in retrospect it appears to me being one of the best anime movie I have seen. The atmosphere of the film is light and joyful, using the characters we all knew from the series, but it adds a layer of complexity and philosophy (movie level...), of deep down narration based on old legends allied with humour that makes it a thoroughly enjoyable experience. This is one of Mamoru Oshii's finest production in a career that counts among the richest and more creative. Definitely to be recommended.


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