The movie takes place between (in the time period of) the Cowboy Bebop episodes 22 and 23.
– Cowboy Bebop: Knockin` on Heaven`s Door
– Cowboy Bebop – Il Film
– Cowboy Bebop – Le film
– Cowboy Bebop – The Movie
– Cowboy Bebop: Pukając do nieba bram
– Kaubojus Bibopas: Filmas
– Kovboj Bebop: Lovec odměn
– Ковбой Бибоп
– קאובוי ביבופ: הסרט
– Cowboy Bebop – A film
– Cowboy Bebop – Der Film
– Cowboy Bebop – O Filme
– Cowboy Bebop – palkkionmetsästäjät
– Cowboy Bebop: La Película
– 星際牛仔: 天國之門
– 카우보이 비밥 – 천국의 문
– Cowboy Bebop: llamando a las puertas del cielo
– Kovboy Bebop: Film
– Kowboj Bebop
– Kowboj Bebop the Movie
– Kowboj Bebop: Pukając do nieba bram
– Ковбой Бибоп: Достучаться до небес
– Ковбой Бібоп: Фільм
– Марсиански Каубой: Врата към Рая
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, known in Japan as Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Japanese: カウボーイビバップ 天国の扉 Hepburn: Kaubōi Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira, lit. Cowboy Bebop: Heaven’s Door), is a 2001 Japanese animated science fiction film based on the 1998 anime series Cowboy Bebop created by Hajime Yatate.
The start of this movie is just fantastic. It gives the viewer a sense of the actions and comedy just from the opening sequence. The art and animations are also top-notch. The color tone is dark and muted, giving it a more depressing gritty feel. The humor and light goofiness help offset the dark mood a little.
If you like aerial dogfights, you’ll savor the action sequence near the end of the movie. We don’t get very many anime that utilize aerial combats anymore. Most of the actions are very well done. There are also a lot of philosophical dialogs and debates going on. It isn’t as bad as say Ghost in the Shell, but this does give the movie irregular pacing.
Though I do like the movie, it was a bit hard to finish in one go. I’ve seen the movie three times already, and I am still not clear on the antagonist’s motivation. Perhaps the movie was too cerebral for me to comprehend.
I recommend the movie to fans of the series. A new viewer may find the movie confusing as almost no back-story is given to any of the Bebop crews. Cowboy Bebop: The Movie contains graphic violence, tobacco usages, and suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for a mature audience.
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