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Night on the Galactic Railroad (1985)

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This Japanese anime film tells the story of a young cat-like boy's fantastic journey though the galaxy while aboard a magical locomotive. As the adventure continues, the train begins to travel through time as well as space. Released in 1985, Night on the Galactic Railroad was directed by Gisaburo Sugii, the man behind the animated motion picture based on the Street Fighter series of video games. This film was based on a story by author Kenji Miyazawa and features dialogue in English and Japanese. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

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Night on the Galactic Railroad isn't your traditional family film. It deals with some incredibly deep themes, as well as having a slow meditative pace. We follow a young cat (changed from human in the original book) called Giovanni. Giovanni has no time for himself. His father is away, his mother is sick, and when he isn't at school he has to work. One evening the family's delivery of milk never comes, so Giovanni goes to get it. He rests on top of a hill before being confronted by a train. He gets on and finds his friend Campenella. From there the duo encounter a number of passengers each with a strange story to tell. This film is certainly all about the metaphysical. Each story strengthens the themes of religion and sacrifice. It gets highly emotional at times. The imagery is often surreal but always memorable. The animation is calm in both colours and movement. This film is presented in chapters, which I think may be a better way to digest it. It's something no country but Japan would try, and the ending is so powerful it really does make the journey worth it. Mature and thoughtful, if sometimes a little slow.

Luke Baldock
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