|Directed by||Tomoharu Katsumata|
|Written by||Keinosuke Uekusa|
|Music by||Katsuhiro Tsuboiri|
|Released||February 7, 1981|
|Directed by||Masaaki Osumi|
|Written by||Masaaki Osumi|
|Music by||Kazumasa Oda|
|Released||July 25, 1992|
Hashire Melos! (走れメロス! Hashire Merosu!, lit. Run Melos!) is the title of two Japanese animated films. The first was directed by Tomoharu Katsumata and released on Japanese television on February 7, 1981. It was 68 minutes long, and its official title did not include the exclamation mark on the end.
The second, with the exclamation mark, was a 107-minute remake of the first and was released on July 25, 1992. It featured direction and screenplay by Masaaki Osumi, music by Kazumasa Oda, art by Hiroyuki Okiura and Satoshi Kon, and background art by Hiroshi Ohno.
The movie tells the story of Melos, a Greek country man that gets arrested and accused of conspiracy against the king. He gets three days to travel to his sister's wedding while Selinentius (Selinae), a genius sculptor that Melos just met stays as a hostage. As opposed to Osamu Dazai's original story, Melos is here innocent of the conspiracy accusation.
Cast for the 1992 film
- Aki Mizusawa as Queen Phryne.
- Akiji Kobayashi as Dionysius II.
- Akina Nakamori as Raisa, Serinentius' lover.
- Kōichi Kitamura as Village Chief.
- Kōichi Yamadera as Melos.
- Megumi Hayashibara as Clea, Melos' sister
- Shinji Ogawa as Serinentius.
- Takeshi Aono as Calippus.
- Takuma Gōno as Pipor.
- "2 More of Osamu Dazai's Short Stories Animated for TV". Anime News Network. 2009-09-28. Retrieved 2014-08-30.
- Hashire Melos at the Big Cartoon Database
- A trailer of Hashire Melos at french animation focused website Catsuka
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