ⓘ Galaxy Express 999 (film)

Galaxy Express 999 (film)

ⓘ Galaxy Express 999 (film)

Galaxy Express 999 is a 1979 Japanese anime film directed by Rintaro, based on the manga and anime television series of the same name.


1. Cast

  • Akiko Tsuboi as Tetsuos mother
  • Kaneta Kimotsuki as the Conductor
  • Goro Naya as Dr. Pan
  • Noriko Ohara as Crown
  • Ryūji Saikachi as Tavers master
  • Tatsuya Jo as the Narrator
  • Makio Inoue as Captain Harlock
  • Fujita Huatulco as Shadow
  • Reiko Tajima as Queen Emeraldas
  • Ryōko Kinomiya as Queen Promethium
  • Masako Nozawa as Tetsuro Hoshino
  • Masako Ikeda as Maetel
  • Hidekatsu Shibata as a Machinery Earl
  • Kei Tomiyama as Tochirō Ōyama
  • Yōko Asagami as Claire

2. Release

Galaxy Express 999 was released in Japan on August 4, 1979 where it was distributed by Toei Company. It was the highest grossing film of 1979 in Japan. The film was picked up for distribution in the United States by Roger Cormans New World Pictures in 1980 but was shelved until 1982 after test bookings. The film was the first anime film to receive theatrical distribution in the United States after the establishment of anime fandom in the West. The film premiered in America on August 8, 1981. The American version of the film was edited from the original 129 minute running time to 91 minutes and changed characters names such as Tetsuro Hoshino to Joey "Hana-cana-boba-camanda" Smith.

The films second English-language adaptation was produced by Viz Media and released in 1996. The DVD version of Galaxy Express 999 was released in the United States on June 28, 2011 by Discotek Media. It feature the English subbed and dubbed Viz dub versions of the films.


3. Reception

At the third Japanese Academy Awards in 1980, Galaxy Express 999 won the Popularity award for film.

Variety referred to the film as an "attractive Japanese animated sci-fi feature", but noted that "working in a limited animation format, the chief drawback of which is limited movement, the film does boast beautifully-colored, elaborate designs. Once one gets used to the lack of fluid, full animation, the imaginative visuals are impressive" and that "pic deserves a second look".