Ranked #1965

Rail of the Star: A True Story of Children

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: O-Hoshisama no Rail
Japanese: お星さまのレール


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 10, 1993
Producers: Madhouse, ADV FilmsL
Source: Unknown
Genres: Drama, Historical
Duration: 1 hr. 19 min.
Rating: G - All Ages
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #19652
Popularity: #5961
Members: 1,019
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This is the autobiographic tale of Kobayashi Chitose, a young Japanese girl growing up in a Japanese-occupied North Korea. As World War II progresses, Chitose begins to realize that her family will not be able to escape the effects of the conflict. From the simple disappointment of not being able to get the type of backpack she wants for school, to her father's recruitment as a soldier, the war begins to impact her life in a very real manner. But the end of the war does not mean the end of hardship for her. The Koreans, fed up with years of Japanese rule and persecution, have joined forces with a Chinese-backed communist government and are systematically making life a living horror for the Japanese left in North Korea. Fearing reprisal since he was a Japanese veteran, Chitose's father risks everything to get his family out of the north and to the US-occupied area south of the 38th parallel.

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Hirata, Toshio
Hirata, Toshio

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Jan 7, 2014
There are so many war drama anime out there (Barefoot Gen, Grave of the fireflies, Himeyuki and Rail of the star to call a few) that you nearly even can call them cliché, but since everyone that I have seen have big differences in the part they focused, I wouldn’t recommend calling them cliché at all. So we got the war dramas that focus on the probably most famous tragedy, the nuclear explosion of Hirushima (Barefoot Gen), one that focused more on the survival after a bombing without parents (Grave of the fireflies) and so on. In this case, Rail of the Star we got read more
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Both have not only the same theme of the effect of war on children, but the general atmosphere of the playfulness of children and their families. While Those left Behind is usually taken to be the more popular of the two, Rail of the Star talks about other things in family relationships and seems to expand more the characters of not just the main lead girl but others. I think the story of Rail of The Star is more unique, but I liked both anyway and if you saw one, you should definitely see the other. 
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