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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.


Mamoru Oshii


Mamoru Oshii (screenplay), Rumiko Takahashi (comic)




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 ... 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)


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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Did You Know?


When the gang takes off on Mendou's harrier, Perm starts singing "Saraba Tomobiki" (Farewell Tomobiki), this is a parody of the opening theme to Space Battleship Yamato (1974), which begins as "Saraba chikyuu yo" (Farewell Earth). See more »


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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Crazy Credits

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 »


Followed by Urusei Yatsura: Inaba the Dreammaker (1987) See more »


The Ancient Tavern
(Jidaiokure no Sakaba)
Lyrics, Music, and Vocals by Tokiko Katô
Arranged by Nobutaka Tsugei and Tokihiko Morishita
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Simply The Best
20 June 2004 | by georgebobolinkSee all my reviews

It's hard to describe the effect that first seeing this movie had on me the first time I saw it five years ago, but it's something that's stuck with me at the very least.

This was the first bit of UY I ever saw, and I quickly became addicted to the series because of it. The animation is wonderful, the characters are all nifty, and the mysteries that abound in the story are all intriguing. I sometimes find myself just randomly whistling the music from this movie as it's so... so simply wonderful. The film is just beautiful in every chord, like a concerto or a painting. It's art.

This is one of my favorite movies ever. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Rating: 10/10 - Perfect.

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Release Date:

11 February 1984 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer See more »

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Kitty Films, Pierrot See more »
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1.78 : 1
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