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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie(カウボーイビバップ 天国の扉)

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Japan, United States · 2001
Rated R · 1h 55m
Director Shinichiro Watanabe
Starring Kouichi Yamadera, Unsho Ishizuka, Aoi Tada, Ai Kobayashi
Genre Action, Animation, Science Fiction

An extension of the original 1998 "Cowboy Bebop" anime, this film is set between episodes 22 and 23 and follows the Bebop crew as they attempt to stop a mysterious terrorist from destroying the human population of Mars with an unknown pathogen. An exciting extension of Watanabe's classic anime that will please newcomers and longtime fans alike.

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Village Voice by

Americanized through western showdowns, shadowy film noir, gangster shootings, sci-fi, Bruckheimer explosions, slapstick, and soaps, Bebop aims to transcend its own genre by emulating all genres, and it falls short only in the melodrama.


L.A. Weekly by David Chute

There are so many good ideas at the visual level that you can't help wishing the narrative elements had been more cleverly worked out.


Film Threat by Eric Campos

Good news is that most of the marvelous English dialogue cast from the Cowboy Bebop series has returned for the film. The bad news is that the heart and soul of the series hasn’t.


Portland Oregonian by Kim Morgan

It's a stylish work, seeping with brilliant animation and potentially interesting characters that didn't need so much time to establish themselves. It's worthwhile, but it's a good thing there's a television show to refer to.


Boston Globe by Ty Burr

If you want state of the art anime that comes within spitting distance of escaping the limits of its genre, this might be your cup of bootleg sake.

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