Ginga Tetsudou no Yoru

Night on the Galactic Railroad

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: 銀河鉄道の夜
English: Night on the Galactic Railroad
German: Night on the Galactic Railroad
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 13, 1985
Producers: None found, add some
Studios: Group TAC
Source: Novel
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy, MysteryMystery
Themes: AnthropomorphicAnthropomorphic, HistoricalHistorical
Demographic: KidsKids
Duration: 1 hr. 47 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.361 (scored by 90319,031 users)
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Ranked: #23302
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Popularity: #4261
Members: 25,384
Favorites: 356


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Giovanni is a young boy who lives on the outskirts of a small rustic village. His mother is bedridden and his father has not returned home since leaving to work on a fishing boat. An outcast at school, Giovanni has only one friend: Campanella, the mayor's son. During the town's Festival of Stars, Giovanni starts to daydream atop a hill and looks up to find a steam engine train floating in the air. He boards the train only to find his friend Campanella already there. And so, the two begin their journey through the stars where they come across unusual people and visit many beautiful and haunting places.

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Ginga Tetsudou no Yoru is based on the 1934 classic children's story by the esteemed author Kenji Miyazawa.

The movie won the Oofuji Noburou Award at the Mainichi Film Awards in 1985.

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Sugii, Gisaburou
Director, Storyboard
Freeman, Crispin
Mashimo, Kouichi
Kobayashi, Osamu


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Sep 7, 2009
This is a movie for dreamers. That's as simple as I can state it. It evokes strong interest and emotion from the viewer. I was on the edge of my seat. It is paced much like an odyssey-traveling along an ever changing magical landscape that you feel you are becoming part of. The artwork has a simplistic beauty that is extremely pleasing to the eye. There is a feeling of drama and intensity all throughout, even in the smallest of scenes you feel as if you are on the verge of-something, something big. This movie is for the fantasy, fairytale and visual experience fans. ...
Nov 17, 2008
Mixed Feelings
Night on the Galactic Railroad, or Ginga Tetsudou no Yoru, may be based on a children's book, but it's definitely a movie anyone can enjoy. To be completely honest, I think I would've been seriously scared had I watched this when I was younger - it's quite creepy at times. Almost all characters in NotGR are cats with human proportions for some reason. I don't know if this was the case in the original book, but I never felt like it mattered, actually. Judging from the synopsis, it was because the animators were lazy, and that may've been the case for all I know.

The story ...
Sep 20, 2013
-No spoilers are contained within this review-

Night on the galactic Railroad is quite the ride… to say the least. Before beginning this movie I had been given fair warning, yet I still proceeded giving it the benefit of the doubt.

Story (2/10)

Have you ever smoked acid? Me neither, but I’m pretty sure this story is something that might pop into your head if you did. Get ready for the ride of your life as you follow two cardboard cutouts into a cluster of strange and meaningless scenes. Usually stories have linear plots and character developments with a twist at the end that makes ...

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