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Ginga Tetsudô Surî-Nain: Andromeda Shûchakueki Sayônara

Sayônara, Ginga Tetsudô Surî-Nain: Andromeda Shûchakueki (1981) Movie Poster
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Japan / USA  •    •  135m  •    •  Directed by: Rintaro.  •  Starring: Saffron Henderson, Masako Nozawa, Kathleen Barr, Masako Ikeda, Janyse Jaud, Kaneta Kimotsuki, Yôko Asagami, John Novak, Tôru Emori, Terry Klassen, Makio Inoue, Scott McNeil, Tatsuya Jô.  •  Music by: Osamu Shoji.
     It's been three years since the destruction of planet La Maetel, but the Machine Empire is as great of a threat as ever. Teen Tetsuro, now a rebel fighter, learns that Galaxy Express 999 is returning and that Maetel is on it.

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Image from: Sayônara, Ginga Tetsudô Surî-Nain: Andromeda Shûchakueki (1981)
Image from: Sayônara, Ginga Tetsudô Surî-Nain: Andromeda Shûchakueki (1981)
Image from: Sayônara, Ginga Tetsudô Surî-Nain: Andromeda Shûchakueki (1981)
Image from: Sayônara, Ginga Tetsudô Surî-Nain: Andromeda Shûchakueki (1981)
Image from: Sayônara, Ginga Tetsudô Surî-Nain: Andromeda Shûchakueki (1981)
This sequel takes off some time after the original film Galaxy Express 999. The film Galaxy Express 999 inquisitively explored the idea of being human through the quest of an adolescent seeking to become an android in an increasingly materialistic world.

As the protagonist learned to cherish his humanity he returned to earth to fight alongside a resistance force against the corrupt cyborgandroid empire. That is merely the beginning as he continues off into space once again in the famed Galaxy Express 999 train to re-find the mysterious Maetel only to finally come across the cyborg he'd been hunting all along - Count Mecha (prepare for an uncanny Star Wars reference).

While this film re-explores the themes of humanity and degradation introduced in the previous film through flawed characters such as Metalmena, it is largely an attempt to find some conclusion to the series. Ultimately it ends in somewhat of a cliff-hanger.

The film serves up to be a pretty standard scifi action-adventure affair. As with the original, the animation is fairly good for the time and does a fine job of featuring the interestingly bleak and overtly mechanized future that spans the entire galaxy. If not worth watching for a little bit of entertainment, it should definitely be worth seeing so as to witness the incredible world crafted by Leiji Matsumoto.


Review by nate878 from the Internet Movie Database.