Monday, March 30, 2009

Galaxy Express 999 (1979)

Galaxy Express 999 (1979)

April 2nd, 6:30PM in Garland 104 (2441 E. Hartford)

Based upon a popular manga series by Leiji Matsumoto the creator of Captain Harlock and loosely inspired by the classic 1927 novel Night on the Milky Way Railroad by Miyazawa Kenji.

Its story begins in a dystopian future Earth where the rich have replaced their bodies with immortal machines and regularly hunt normal humans for sport. After an encounter with one of these creatures the films hero Tetsuro is left alone only to encounter a strange woman who offers to give him a prized ticket for the Galaxy Express, a spaceship designed to look like a nineteenth century steam locomotive if only he will be her traveling campanion.

The story is set in a fictional universe created by Leiji Matsumoto which has come to be popularly known as the Leijiverse. In it all of his creations coexist from the passengers of the 999, to Captain Harlock and the Arcadia and the Yamamoto and its crew. The style of Leiji’s writings have a philosophical bent and a strong vein of poetic realism.

The manga spawned TV series, several films and miniseries. This 1979 version features a beautiful style of hand drawn animation that has been all but lost in the modern era.

Japan, Director Rintaro, Cast Masako Nozawa, Masako Ikeda, Yoko Asagami and Makio Inoue, 128 minutes, In Japanese with English Subtitles.

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