Ohoshi-sama no Rail

Rail of the Star: A True Story of Children

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English: Rail of the Star: A True Story of Children
Synonyms: O-Hoshisama no Rail, Ohoshi-sama no Rail
Japanese: お星さまのレール


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 10, 1993
Producers: TV Tokyo
Licensors: ADV Films
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Novel
Genres: HistoricalHistorical, DramaDrama
Duration: 1 hr. 19 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.061 (scored by 854854 users)
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Ranked: #34432
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Popularity: #8203
Members: 2,996
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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
Nagasaki, Hitoshi
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Oct 28, 2019
EggheadLuna (All reviews)
Rail of the Star is a fascinating World War II period piece, about a Japanese military family that are occupying Korea during the war. Based on Chitose Kobayashi’s autobiographical novel of the same name, the story is told from a child’s perspective. Similar to other accounts of children being forced to experience the horrors of war, like Barefoot Gen, it’s a tale of humility and empathy. Not just for the Japanese children, but for the thousands of Koreans who had to suffer under Imperialist Japan’s rule. This review will contain spoilers! You have been warned!

• The story begins, with the protagonist (a little girl named Chitose) read more
Jan 7, 2014
Lockensocke (All reviews)

There are so many war drama anime out there (Barefoot Gen, Grave of the fireflies and Himeyuki 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 Hiroshima (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 the focus on the, read more

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