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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 »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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 The Simpsons: Lisa the Skeptic (1997) See more »

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A masterpiece
19 July 2005 | by duprecharleySee all my reviews

This is an original work of Mamoru Oshii and Yoshitaka Amano who are two very known people.

There is nearly no story in this anime, a little girl is guarding a mysterious egg and meet a man who seems to be interested about this egg. Not much script in this film, 5mn of talking for a 75 min movie.

So, why this film is so excellent ? First of all, the drawings are exceptional as they are made by Amano, we are moved by the colors and the atmosphere of this dark world even if we know nearly nothing about it. Some would not like this film as there is "no message" within it. Sometimes, you need to think by yourself, as no message is given, it is your duty to create one, to seek what this film means to you.

One more time this is clearly a visual work which drives us to unknown arts territories, I personally see a link with David Lynch's films.


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