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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.

Writers:

Kenji Miyazawa (novel), Hiroshi Masumura (idea) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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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Storyline

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 portrayed as cats. Ironically, Kenji Miyazawa was said to have disliked cats. 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 Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Hallelujah Chorus
from "Messiah"
by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
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Kenji Miyazawa's Night on the Galactic Express (1985)
22 January 2012 | by SnakesOnAnAfricanPlainSee all my reviews

Night on the Galactic Railroad isn't your traditional family film. It deals with some incredibly deep themes, as well as having a slow meditative pace. We follow a young cat (changed from human in the original book) called Giovanni. Giovanni has no time for himself. His father is away, his mother is sick, and when he isn't at school he has to work. One evening the family's delivery of milk never comes, so Giovanni goes to get it. He rests on top of a hill before being confronted by a train. He gets on and finds his friend Campenella. From there the duo encounter a number of passengers each with a strange story to tell. This film is certainly all about the metaphysical. Each story strengthens the themes of religion and sacrifice. It gets highly emotional at times. The imagery is often surreal but always memorable. The animation is calm in both colours and movement. This film is presented in chapters, which I think may be a better way to digest it. It's something no country but Japan would try, and the ending is so powerful it really does make the journey worth it. Mature and thoughtful, if sometimes a little slow.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Esperanto | English

Release Date:

7 February 1986 (USA) See more »

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Dolby

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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