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Kenji Miyazawa's Night on the Galactic Railroad (1985)

Ginga-tetsudô no yoru (original title)
Two kittens go on a metaphysical journey on a magical railroad train.

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Kenji Miyazawa (novel), Hiroshi Masumura (idea) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mayumi Tanaka ... Giovanni (voice)
Chika Sakamoto Chika Sakamoto ... Campanella (voice)
Junko Hori Junko Hori ... Zanelli (voice)
Ayumi Ishijo Ayumi Ishijo ... (voice)
Kaori Nakahara Kaori Nakahara ... Kaoru (voice)
Yoshie Shimamura Yoshie Shimamura ... Givoanni no haha (voice)
Shun Yashiro Shun Yashiro ... (voice)
Reiko Niimura Reiko Niimura ... Old Woman (voice)
Chikao Ohtsuka ... Birdcatcher (voice)
Hidehiro Kikuchi Hidehiro Kikuchi ... Young Man (voice)
Yuriko Fuchizaki Yuriko Fuchizaki ... (voice)
Tetsuya Kaji Tetsuya Kaji ... Train Conductor Shashou (voice)
Takeshi Aono ... Wireless operator (voice)
Seiji Kurasaki Seiji Kurasaki ... Milkman (voice)
Gorô Naya ... Dr. Bulganillo, Campanella's Father (voice)
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On the night of a cat village's Festival of the Stars, a kitten and his friend go on an celestial journey on a magical space locomotive. On that trip, they have various stops where they meet strange sights, even more unusual fellow passengers and learn some lessons of life on their trip to the terminus of the Galactic Railroad. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Trivia

The main characters are depicted as cats, with some humans serving in supporting roles. According to director 'Gisaburô Sugii', this was a necessary move learned from experience - having adapted most of Kenji Miyazawa's stories into manga, he saw that making the characters human made the stories more tangible, but less unreal and magical and thus limited their appeal. Making the characters anthropomorphic animals, on the other hand, maintained the epic and surreal scale of the story. See more »

Quotes

Campanella: I don't know how to explain it; but I think that people are happiest when they do something truly good. That's why I believe my mother will forgive me for what I've done.
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Connections

Referenced in The Life of Budori Gusuko (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Hallelujah Chorus
from "Messiah"
by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
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User Reviews

 
Night on the Galactic Railroad is amazing piece of mind bending cinematic work.
15 January 2002 | by has_no_pseudonymSee all my reviews

This by far is the best anime I have ever seen. With its slow moving and oft disturbing plot this is not a movie for everyone, especial the adolescent/short attention span types who have only seen slasher/action examples of anime.

This movie is so slow yet it sucks you in and you can't stop watching. I have never heard or seen anything like it and I don't think I ever will again. No movie I have ever seen has affected me half as much. Its amazing visuals, sounds and eerie plot make this fascinating movie hard to describe and do justice to it.

This movie definitely deserves a 10 out of 10.

P.S. If you are the crying type have tissues handy.


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Release Date:

7 February 1986 (USA) See more »

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