Tenshi no tamago (The Angel's Egg)

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Critic Reviews for Tenshi no tamago (Angel's Egg)(Egg of God)

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  • Moments are connected by emotional logic that doesn't have anything to do with narrative comprehensibility and doesn't pretend to.

    April 27, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It feels like a drug-induced trip of psychedelic imagery while also being relentlessly meaningful... It's a film so ambitious and unconventional that nearly any interpretation can be considered correct.

    December 7, 2016 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tenshi no tamago (Angel's Egg)(Egg of God)

  • Nov 10, 2012
    Oshii's most ambitious and metaphysical masterpiece has become, in my book, the best anime feature ever conceived and brought to life. Playing a haunting Gothic and postapocalyptic scenery, we see Bible allegories being interpreted through confused minds so that these entities can construct a coherent meaning to their environment. Shadows hunting (fish) shadows (Luke 5:10), angels being reborn and humanity contemplating its doomed destiny perhaps from eternal flames of darkness, waiting for an impossible, new Genesis, the intoxicating world that <i>Tenshi no tamago</i> creates goes beyond any reasonable description. A tremendous piece of art. 98/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 26, 2010
    Exceptional piece of animation that manages to encapsulate the idea and feeling of desolation and the hunt of the human soul for meaning with the most striking poetic imagination. Brilliant sequences such as the hunt of the shadow-fishes, dense symbolism and a powerful visual aspect (Yoshitaka Amano probably has something to do with it) are among the great strengths of the film. Despite being very experimental both in narrative and visuals and for that somewhat obscure (in a good way), the mesmerizing rhythm is probably the real feat of this film. It clearly echoes Tarkovsky (look at the final scene with the zooming out and compare it with Solaris) and at times even Kubrick's 2001, but it is something totally unique. At the centre of the film lies the relation and juxtaposition of a little girl who acts on pure irrational faith and the soldier who struggles with nihilism and acts on the basis of his experience (he searched for the ''bird'' but never found it). Despite this being a cheap production the use of 'money' shots is so sophisticated that actually enhances the rhythm. The music is also excellent and captures the atmosphere and the mood with simple and minimalistic melodies. Mamoru Oshii never managed to replicate the artistic heights that he achieved with this film. Sure, Ghost in the Shell is great, the two Patlabours interesting and his live-action at best kitsch, counterculture silliness, but they luck the vigour of imagination and the sincerety of this early work (an exception would be the very good surreal episode that he made for the Twillight Q). In its short running time its a tour-de-force of emotion and poetic vision. The final scene remains one of the most heart-breaking revelations I've seen in a film (a world that is actually the moss on the hull of Noah's Ark?!! - BRILLIANT!). Too bad that this underrated movie remains almost unknown...
    George M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2008
    This one's a hard shell to crack but once you look behind the apocrypha and the relevant dystopic symbols, you'll come to an inner closure, one that lies beyond the little girl's hope for a "better tomorrow" and the (take it or leave it) "Anti-Christ" figure's idiosyncratic expression throughout the film. A panorama of desperation and unearthly disaster, all the more present by the Gothic environment, alongside a creeping score.
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2007
    *Pretentious Bullshit-o-Meter explodes* It's interesting to think about for a little while before you realize that it means absolutely nothing. Mamoru Oshii has an awesome imagination, though. He just needs to learn how to write. Avalon was a hot mess, and this follows suit.
    Drew S Super Reviewer

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