Japanese Cinema: 3x Osamu Tezuka

The Japanese “god of manga” Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989) is most famous for creating Atom, or Astro Boy as he was called in the US, a 1950s manga cum tv series. I still haven’t made his acquaintance. Instead, I watched these three animated movies:

  • 1980: Phoenix 2772
  • 1984: Bagi
  • 2001: Metropolis

Of course, the 2010 Metropolis was only based on Tezuka’s comic, which he made in 1949. I enjoyed the film though, it was very bombastic.

The Phoenix 2772 didn’t leave much impression (I was probably in the wrong mood), but Bagi really did. It’s a beautiful story about a genetically manipulated cat, who escaped a lab and lives with a boy. I think you got to see it for yourselves. Go to 2:50 for some beautiful and hot cat/boy-love:

I also wanted to see Princess Knight (Ribon no Kishi) because of its gender-bending qualities, but didn’t manage to get hold of the movie.

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