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Ginga-tetsudô no yoru (1985)

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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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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Esperanto | English

Release Date:

7 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night on the Galactic Railroad See more »

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Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The main characters are portrayed as cats. Ironically, Kenji Miyazawa was said to have disliked cats. See more »

Quotes

Giovanni: The scorpion said "If I had accepted my fate and let the weasel eat me, at least then my death would have some purpose. Now I am going to die alone in this hole, my death will help no-one". Then the scorpion burst into flames.
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Connections

Referenced in Spirited Away (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony #6
from the New World
by Antonín Dvorák
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haunting, superbly crafted little movie
23 April 1999 | by eviltwin-2See all my reviews

though it crawls along very deliberately, this is one of the most disturbing and beautiful movies I can remember. virtually every shot and sound in this feature was carefully chosen to serve a higher artistic purpose. it's not for everyone, but if possible, definitely take the trouble to see what should be known as one of the finest animated features ever made. it deals with an anthropomorphic cat and the relationship he has with his best friend, semi-autobiographical interpretation of a novel by Miyazawa Kenji, if I can remember right... go see this movie.


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