Night on the Galactic Railroad Blu-ray

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About Night on the Galactic Railroad Blu-ray

Night on the Galactic Railroad is adapted from the novel written by famous Japanese children's author, Kenji Miyazawa.

What is true happiness? For Giovanni, the answer is as far away as the stars. Mired in hardship, the young kitten faces problems that should be unknown to someone his age. At school, his classmates mock and ridicule him, and after the bell rings, Giovanni toils at a job to earn enough money for bread. Then at home, instead of being taken care of by his mother, he must take care of her.

The sole bright spot is that of the Festival of Stars, where he hopes to run into Campanella, his only friend. When they finally meet up, however, it isn't while looking up at the stars, but rather traveling amongst them... as the Galactic Railroad whisks the two away for parts unknown!

Born in 1896, Miyazawa grew up during a tumultuous time in Japan's history, and his humanist sensibilities feature most prominently in this work. While the movie features delightful cat characters, the symbolism and deeper meaning of the film can touch the young and old alike. This story is one that every child in Japan must experience in school, and now, you can too!

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese with English subtitles.

Details

  • Publisher: EASTERN STAR
  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Spoken Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Themes: Adventure
  • Age Rating: ALL
  • Run Time: 105
  • Year Created: 1985
  • Release Date: 2/2/2016
  • Dimensional Weight: 0.5
  • Region Code: A

Ratings & Reviews

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A children's title worth your time to watch and re-watch.

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Kenji Miyazawa's story about meaning of life is wonderfully animated with the perspective of anthropomorphic characters. This is not your typical anime release and has a grander feel of a Ghibli feature with a resolution that will want you to play the movie again to catch the nuances you might have missed the first time around.

A Metaphysical Masterpiece

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Night on the Galactic Railroad is virtually unique among anime films. An adaptation not of a light novel but of classic literature, it takes Kenji Miyazawa's source novel and imbues it with the imaginative wonder of its vintage circa-1985 visuals, yet loses nothing of the original's deeply-felt emotionality and spiritual contemplation. By choosing to depict its protagonists as cats (versus human boys, as in the novel), the film paradoxically makes the story more relatable and universal, and set the standard for many subsequent Miyazawa adaptations to come. Director Gisaburo Sugii, working with the prolific studio Group TAC (sadly no longer in business) masterfully captures the story's rich nuance, slowly building to an emotional climax with devastating and heartfelt impact. Though a story concerning children, this is a film best appreciated by adults, and is an overlooked '80s classic that every serious anime fan should see.