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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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 December 1985 (Japan) See more »

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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was released in Australia in an edited form under the title "In the aftermath: Angels never sleep" with some obscure live-action footage included. 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 South Korean version, all the names are in Chinese character form, but the status ranking is in hangul though. The Japanese version slightly changed the Korean names. See more »

Connections

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

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Stunning visuals, not much plot
5 April 2014 | by justbob1982See all my reviews

Version I saw: HD, subtitled Actors: 6/10 Plot/script: 5/10 Photography/visual style: 8/10 Music/score: 6/10 Overall: 6/10 This is an early work from director Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell), and it features the collaboration of Yoshitaka Amano. I think this is an important fact, as it really bears the marks of a story written by a graphic artist. The emphasis is all on maintaining the melancholic atmosphere, with little attention given to tying the plot together into something that makes sense.

With only two characters, and dialogue so sparse that you have to wait 24 minutes for the first true conversation, Angel's Egg is so enigmatic that it is practically impenetrable. Hints of themes and intellectual ideas crop up, but none are explored in any satisfying way.

However, the visuals really are breathtaking and stylish enough to make up for all that. As long as you go in expecting a feast for the eyes and a snack for the mind, you will not come away disappointed.

For my full review, see my independent film blog on Blogspot, Cinema Inferno: http://cinemainferno-blog.blogspot.co.uk


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