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Urusei Yatsura 4: Lum the Forever (1986)

Urusei Yatsura 4: Ramu za fôebâ (original title)
Mendou invites Ataru & Co. to his estate for a viewing of a large, aging cherry tree named "Tarozakura", which is to be featured in an independent film which happens to be financed by ... See full summary »

Director:

Kazuo Yamazaki

Writers:

Toshiki Inoue, Rumiko Takahashi (comic) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fumi Hirano ... Lum (voice)
Toshio Furukawa ... Ataru (voice)
Akira Kamiya ... Mendou (voice)
Kazuko Sugiyama ... Ten (voice)
Saeko Shimazu ... Shinobu (voice)
Shigeru Chiba ... Megane (voice)
Shinji Nomura Shinji Nomura ... Kakugari (voice)
Akira Murayama Akira Murayama ... Perm (voice)
Issei Futamata ... Chibi (voice)
Kazue Komiya Kazue Komiya ... Ran (voice)
Tomomichi Nishimura Tomomichi Nishimura ... Principal (voice)
Michihiro Ikemizu Michihiro Ikemizu ... Onsen-mark Sensei (voice)
Natsumi Sakuma Natsumi Sakuma ... Ataru's Mother (voice)
Ken'ichi Ogata Ken'ichi Ogata ... Ataru's Father (voice)
Bin Shimada ... Ton (voice)
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Storyline

Mendou invites Ataru & Co. to his estate for a viewing of a large, aging cherry tree named "Tarozakura", which is to be featured in an independent film which happens to be financed by Mendou, directed by Megane, and starring Lum. During filming, Ataru cuts down Tarozakura as called for in the script, but the downed tree starts foaming and disintegrates. Afterwards, bizarre incidents occur all over Tomobiki, a mountain emerges out of the ground, spring gives way to winter, Sakura's ghostly friends disappear, Lum begins losing her powers, and Lum's friends begin acting as though she doesn't exist. Written by Akira (akira625@comcast.net)

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 February 1986 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Lamù - The Forever See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Kitty Films, Studio DEEN See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.38 : 1
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Trivia

A caricature of Urusei Yatsura creator Rumiko Takahashi appears during the Tomobiki town hall meeting scene. She is sitting in the same row as the man speaking to Mendou. She's the short-haired woman with the glasses and the pink jacket, on the lower right-hand corner of the screen. See more »

Goofs

Animation error: At the 1:17:34 mark, as the second day of battle is about to begin, the cel with Mendou disappears for a single frame as an explosion in the background goes off. See more »

Quotes

[the frozen dreams collapse, Lum returns, and Ataru approaches her]
Shinobu: And from now on, the days repeat on and on as usual, right?
Sakura: No, not necessarily.
Shinobu: Huh?
Sakura: Even if the days go around, in a path of endlessly nearly concentric circles, as a whole, they should ultimately lead us to a new place.
Mendou: That means...
Sakura: Uh-huh, no one knows what lies ahead of us.
Megane: How naive of me to approve of you and Lum, even for a moment. "Mistakes must be corrected at once." DIE ATARU!
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits show Lum jogging. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, 'La primavera' (Spring)
(uncredited)
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
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Bad, but good bad
16 June 2018 | by jwwalrath-227-85487See all my reviews

A mess, but what a beautiful mess.

It's clear the director wanted this to be a philosophical film, but he failed to get his vision across to the audience. There are bunch of bizarre scenes and plot points that don't make any sense.

Still, this my third favorite UY film. Despite the nonsense, it is very entertaining to watch. A lot of the surreal moments and imagery in this is fascinating.They throw so many things at you that if you didn't like one scene, you'll like the next one. The cast is humorous enough that they manage to ground the film so that it doesn't become a pretentiousness fest.

The animation is fluid and gorgeous. It dates very well and is the best animated film of the entire series. It has a unique musical score and I have to give the composer props for creating music that perfectly complimented some very weird stuff.

Not technically a good film, but it has always had a place in my heart.


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