COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE
COWBOY BEBOP: KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR
The year is 2071 and a dark, mysterious stranger has launched a terrorist attack on Mars: a tanker is blown sky high, and a large number of people are killed or injured. But the number of people killed by the explosion is small in comparison to the people who soon after fall prey to an unknown, fast-spreading and highly lethal virus. Faye Valentine, one of the bounty hunters from the spaceship Bebop’s small and diverse crew, is an eyewitness to the incident, thus drawing her and the rest of the crew into the case. Of course, the enormous price the government puts on the culprit’s head is also an encouraging factor. The table is set for a lavish meal of style, thrills and fantastic action…
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie follows in the wake of one of the best anime TV series Japan has ever produced. The story is squeezed in between episodes 22 and 23, but knowledge of the series is not required to enjoy the film. Indeed, the film may be an excellent introduction to all of the qualities the series is known for: fully realised characters, great writing, jaw-dropping action sequences, 70’s “cool” and music to die for. A high point in a festival program jam-packed with good stuff!
Shinichiro Watanabe is one of the directors engaged to produce one of the segments for next year’s Animatrix project (animated stories set in The Matrix universe). In addition to having directed the Cowboy Bebop series, he also helmed the somewhat similarly styled Macross Plus series.