Galaxy Express 999 (film)

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Galaxy Express 999
Galaxy-express-999-1979-poster.jpg
Japanese film poster for Galaxy Express 999
Directed by Rintaro
Screenplay by Shiro Ishimori[1]
Based on Galaxy Express 999
by Leiji Matsumoto
Music by Nozomu Aoki[1]
Cinematography
  • Masatoshi Fukui
  • Toshio Katayama[2]
Production
company
Distributed by Toei
Release date
  • August 4, 1979 (1979-08-04) (Japan)
Running time
129 minutes[2]
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Galaxy Express 999 (銀河鉄道999?, Ginga tetsudō 999) is 1979 Japanese anime film directed by Rintaro.

Cast[edit]

[1]

Production[edit]

The film is a condensed remake of the first year of the most popular episodes of the Galaxy Express 999 television series by Toei Animation.[2]

Release[edit]

Galaxy Express 999 was released in Japan on August 4, 1979 where it was distributed by Toei.[2][3] It was the highest grossing film of 1979 in Japan.[4] The film was picked up for distribution in the United States by Roger Corman's New World Pictures in 1980 but was shelved until 1982 after test bookings.[5] The film was the first anime film to receive theatrical distribution in the United States after the establishment of anime fandom in the West.[2] The film premiered in American on August 8, 1981.[6] The American version of the film was edited from the original 129 minute running time to 91 minutes and changed characters names such as Tetsuro Hoshino to Joey "Hana-cana-boba-camanda" Smith.[2]

An English-friendly DVD of Galaxy Express 999 was released on June 28, 2011.[7][8]

Reception[edit]

At the third Japanese Academy Awards in 1980, Galaxy Express 999 won the Popularity award for film.[9]

Variety referred to the film as an "attractive Japanese animated sci-fi feature" , but noted that "working in a limited animation format, the chief drawback of which is limited movement [...], the film does boast beautifully-colored, elaborate designs. Once one gets used to the lack of fluid, full animation, the imaginative visuals are impressive" and that "pic deserves a second look".[5]

Aftermath and influence[edit]

The film was followed by Adieu Galaxy Express 999 which was released in 1981.[10]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "スタッフ&キャスト" (in Japanese). Toei Animation. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Beck 2005, p. 91.
  3. ^ a b "銀河鉄道999" (in Japanese). Einren.org. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 
  4. ^ Macias 2003, p. 6.
  5. ^ a b Willis 1985, p. 407: "Review is of a 91 minute English language-version viewed in New York on July 27, 1982"
  6. ^ Beck 2005, p. 90.
  7. ^ "The Galaxy Express 999". AllMovie. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Galaxy Express 999 (DVD)". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 
  9. ^ "日本アカデミー賞公式サイト" (in Japanese). Japanese Academy Awards. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  10. ^ Camp 2007, p. 125.

References[edit]

  • Beck, Jerry (2005). The Animated Movie Guide. Chicago Review Press. ISBN 1569762228. 
  • Camp, Brian; Davis, Julie (2007). Anime Classics Zettai!: 100 Must-See Japanese Animation Masterpieces. Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 1933330228. 
  • Macias, Patrick (2003). Anime Poster Art: Japan's Movie House Masterpieces. DH Publishing Inc. ISBN 0972312447. 
  • Willis, Donald, ed. (1985). Variety's Complete Science Fiction Reviews. Garland Publishing Inc. ISBN 978-0-8240-6263-7. 

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