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Angel's Egg (1985)

Tenshi no tamago (original title)
A mysterious young girl wanders a desolate, otherworldly landscape, carrying a large egg.

Director:

Mamoru Oshii

Writers:

Yoshitaka Amano (story), Mamoru Oshii (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mako Hyôdô ... Girl (voice)
Jinpachi Nezu ... Boy (voice)
Kei'ichi Noda Kei'ichi Noda ... Narrator
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Storyline

a young girl is the sole protector of a very precious, large egg. her lair is near a large, abandoned, decaying gothic city inhabited by restless shadows. a mysterious young man arrives one day, and eventually wins her trust. they converse sparsely about obscure philosophical and theological topics, and she shows him some astonishing fossils and works of historic and scientific art. the ending is a bit shocking, and very ambiguous, leaving many unanswered questions and tons of room for interpretation. Written by Rev. Elgaroo Brenza

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avant garde | anime | girl | egg | gothic | See All (78) »


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Trivia

The Coelacanth fish (Latimeria chalumnae) was thought to have been extinct since the Cretaceous Period but was found in 1938 off the coast of Africa. See more »

Quotes

Boy: I've seen a tree like this somewere... When was it? So long ago that I've forgotten... Under a sky where the clouds made sound as they moved. The black horizon swelled and from it grew a huge tree. It sucked the life from the ground... And it's pulsing branches reached up, as if to grasp something...
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Alternate Versions

In the North Korean release, the names of the Japanese cast and crew (eg. Yoshitaka Amano, Mamoru Oshii, etc.) names were changed to Korean names. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Treasure of the Rudras (1996) See more »

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One of a kind, brilliant.
5 May 2002 | by tilppaSee all my reviews

This masterpiece by Mamoru Oshii (Character designs by the great Yoshitaka Amano) is really one of a kind, thought provoking, artistic almost in a style of Dali and other great artists. The dark atmosphere and the inexplicable happenings bring Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey to my mind. There isn't much dialogue in the film, which is in my opinion a great decision. If you're into anime, especially the Mamoru Oshii stylish "slow and atmospheric" anime, this is a must see. I might even say this is one of the great classics in the history of anime although this title might be quite unknown to all. Really recommended!


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 December 1985 (Japan) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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