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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.

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Mamoru Oshii

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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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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 February 1984 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer See more »

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Production Co:

Kitty Films, Pierrot See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Sakura's uncle is named Cherry (Sakuranbo). The name Sakura is Japanese for Cherry Blossom. See more »

Quotes

Ataru's Father: Are you awake Ataru? It may surprise you, but listen to what I have to say. Your mother and i probably won't be alive when you hear this tape. We made every effort to find some way to awaken you and Lum from your mysterious sleep. But present day science, not just of Earth, but of Lum's planet as well couldn't revive the two of you. Forgive us. We've stacked our last hopes, and your fates, on the future. We thought that science a few centuries from now might have a chance of awakening you. ...
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The film's title doesn't appear until the very end, just before the credits begin to roll. 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

References Frankenstein (1931) 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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Classic Urusei Yatsura
19 November 1999 | by 1967See all my reviews

Being from England this film was not easy to come by, but was well worth the wait. I own the DVD of this movie (Subtitled and Dubbed versions on the disc). Although I think the dubbed version really spoils the feel of the UY characters, (Mendou doesn't sound like the rich snob he is portrayed as in the Japanese version) it was still enjoyable.

As far as the narrative if the film goes, I think it is certainly the most atmospheric of the UY movies (closely followed by Movie #4) the scenes of Tomobiki from Mendou's harrier, and Lum washing a water melon just pitch miles above anything I have ever seen in Anime.

Well worth buying no matter where you live.


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