7.7/10
4,939
21 user 12 critic

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 »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Animation | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An evil feudal lord rapes a village girl on her wedding night and proceeds to ruin her and her husband's lives. After she's eventually banished from her village, the girl makes a pact with the devil to gain magical ability and take revenge.

Director: Eiichi Yamamoto
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Katsuyuki Itô, Aiko Nagayama
Cat Soup (2001)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A young anthropomorphic cat goes on a psychedelic journey with his sister in order to save her soul.

Director: Tatsuo Satô
Animation | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A little orphaned girl joins a freak-show circus troupe whose members rape and abuse her. She then finds a glimmer of hope in the enigmatic magician who joins the group.

Director: Hiroshi Harada
Stars: Minako Naka, Norihiko Morishita, Keinosuke Okamoto
Memories (1995)
Animation | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

"Memories" is made up of three separate science-fiction stories. In the first, "Magnetic Rose," four space travelers are drawn into an abandoned spaceship that contains a world created by ... See full summary »

Directors: Kôji Morimoto, Tensai Okamura, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Shigeru Chiba, Hisao Egawa, Kayoko Fujii
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When a terrorist attack is blamed on the Air Force, Special Vehicle Unit 2 gets caught in the middle of a growing political conflict.

Director: Mamoru Oshii
Stars: Mîna Tominaga, Briony Glassco, Julie Ann Taylor
Animation | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A traumatized member of an elite para-military police force falls for the sister of a female terrorist courier who died in front of him on duty.

Director: Hiroyuki Okiura
Stars: Michael Dobson, Yoshikazu Fujiki, Sumi Mutoh
Perfect Blue (1997)
Animation | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A retired pop singer turned actress' sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past.

Director: Satoshi Kon
Stars: Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shinpachi Tsuji
Talking Head (1992)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A revered director with an obscure style, Rei Maruwa, has gone missing during the production of his latest animated feature, Talking Head. With the deadline approaching and next to no ... See full summary »

Director: Mamoru Oshii
Stars: Shigeru Chiba, Yoshikazu Fujiki, Keishi Hunt
Animation | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The screwball cops of Special Vehicles Section 2 Division 2 must investigate and stop a spree of rampaging construction robots.

Director: Mamoru Oshii
Stars: Toshio Furukawa, David Jarvis, Doug Erholtz
Animation | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A TV interviewer and his cameraman meet a former actress and travel through her memories and career.

Director: Satoshi Kon
Stars: Miyoko Shôji, Shôzô Îzuka, Mami Koyama
Maroko II (1990)
Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Director: Mamoru Oshii
Stars: Masako Katsuki, Toshio Furukawa, Ken'ichi Ogata
Mind Game I (2004)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

After a deadly encounter with two yakuza, a loser with a crush on his childhood girlfriend goes to heaven and back, embarking on a psychedelic self-discovery experience with her and his friends.

Directors: Masaaki Yuasa, Kôji Morimoto
Stars: Kôji Imada, Sayaka Maeda, Takashi Fujii
Edit

Cast

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

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 December 1985 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Angel's Egg See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Studio DEEN,Tokuma Shoten See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The fish the fishermen hunt are Coelacanth. 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...
See more »

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

References Solaris (1971) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Masterpiece
11 October 2004 | by edweird-1See all my reviews

This is an amazing movie.. it's surreal, ambiguous, atmospheric and haunting. Many (including myself) consider it to be Mamoru Oshii's best film (despite it being his least successful), and it certainly presents some of the images and ideas that would be echoed in many of his later works.

That some people suggest to watch it with your own choice in music may seem to suggest that the film's own soundtrack is lacking, but this is not the case. The haunting soundtrack is perfect for the film, and one of the many things I love about it. The highly visual nature of the film does lend itself to trying out different music combinations, though (I watched it along side Radiohead's "Kid A", with fascinating results). Just don't count out the film's own score, as it definitely contributes to the film's brilliance.

The dialogue, though there's not much of it, is also worth paying attention to (if you can understand Japanese or have access to subtitles - try searching for them on the net if you have the official DVD, I've heard you can add subtitles that will play as if they were on the disc). While the characters and plot are certainly ambiguous, you will probably (if you're interested in the film) find yourself theorising about what the film is getting at, particularly after multiple viewings. The fact that Oshii lost his faith in Christianity before making the film certainly offers an interesting perspective from which it can be viewed.

How much you enjoy the film will be determined by your personal taste (it's probably a "love it or hate it" film in a similar way to '2001: A Space Odyssey') but few can watch it without at least conceding that it is a unique work of art. Track this down if think a surreal, moody, atmospheric, thought provoking film will be to your taste (and look for an official widescreen DVD, not a bootleg 4x3 copy, the visuals are worth the extra cost).


19 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 21 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed