Cowboy Bebop - The Movie

Cowboy Bebop - The Movie

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Director: Shinichiro Watanabe

Cast: Shinichiro Watanabe, David Lucas, Beau Billingslea, Wendee Lee


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The popular animé series Cowboy Bebop gets its own feature-length film with the aptly named Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. Set in the late 21st century, it jumps into the series' story line just prior to its conclusion, with the bounty hunting crew of the interstellar craft Bebop chasing a hacker aboard a tanker into a major city on Mars. As crew member Faye…  See more details below


The popular animé series Cowboy Bebop gets its own feature-length film with the aptly named Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. Set in the late 21st century, it jumps into the series' story line just prior to its conclusion, with the bounty hunting crew of the interstellar craft Bebop chasing a hacker aboard a tanker into a major city on Mars. As crew member Faye Valentine closes in on the tanker, she witnesses its catastrophic explosion, which soon appears to be a viral terrorist attack as the death toll continues to mount in the days following. Furthermore, Faye caught a glimpse of the person responsible for the blast and is thus the only surviving witness of the crime. After the government puts out a large bounty for the perpetrator's capture, the Bebop gang -- slacker Spike Spiegel, former policeman Jet Black, and hacker girl genius Edward -- begin their own hunt for the mass murderer, who is eventually revealed to be one Vincent Volaju. Vincent, it turns out, was the lone survivor of a governmental medical test and now seeks revenge by unleashing the same microscopic robotic virus used in the tanker explosion on the unsuspecting city. The Bebop crew must scramble to prevent Vincent from carrying out his plan, as well as try to locate an anti-virus to counterattack the effects of Vincent's virus. Released in both dubbed and subtitled cuts in the United States in 2003, Cowboy Bebop - The Movie premiered in Japan in 2001.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
Cowboy Bebop's maiden voyage to the big screen is a rousing success of anime action, style, and jazz -- much in the tradition of what made the original television show so popular. Occurring between Episodes 22 and 23 in the series, The Movie finds Bebop's crew of misfit bounty hunters attempting to halt a former soldier's plot to destroy the population of Mars with high-tech bio-weapons. The movie essentially plays as an extended episode of the show -- character introductions are even dispensed with, making the whole experience a bit more for insiders. At first it seems that director Shinichiro Watanabe isn't taking advantage of the grander movie format to reach a wider audience or expand on the series' soap opera story line involving bounty hunter Spike, archenemy Vicious, and love interest Julia. But as the film progresses, Watanabe focuses on the series' underlying philosophy and expands its themes of life, death, and dreams -- and what they mean to the enigmatic Spike. Cerebral stuff aside, the best fan service here is the cool perfection of the Bebop formula. The action is hefty, the style is unrelenting, the wit comes in volumes, and as always, it's scored to a bopping soundtrack by Yoko Kanno. In an era when the transition to movies can leave producers crossing their fingers, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie successfully takes the plunge with grace and panache. Would you expect anything less of a space cowboy?
All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
Taking its narrative place somewhere toward the end of the animé series, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie does read just like a longer version of an episode. Even so, its one of the smartest, entertaining, and visually dynamic animé series to make it to the big screen. The highly detailed imagery is one of the film's strongest points, capable of being appreciated by novices as well as seasoned fans of the show. The Mars future world is rendered shockingly realistic with advertising, ethnic ghettos, and drive-in theaters. All the graffiti and grime of contemporary urban settings is intrinsically mixed with technological advancements and interstellar space travel. The formulaic story takes cues from cinematic tough-guy history and is all underscored with a bittersweet romantic longing and frequent bursts of comedy. All these changes in tone could appear clumsy, but the reserved cool and cynical remarks of main character Spike Spiegel keep it within the realm of a good action comedy. That the many chase sequences and fight scenes in the third act are fueled by bop and free jazz styles also helps maintain the organic flow of things. Cowboy Bebop: The Movie does have a fairly standard science-fiction story with an insane bad guy, pseudoscientific rambling, and needless violence, but it's still a complex dramatic movie that humanizes the animé genre as it delivers the thrills.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Lucas Spike Spiegel
Beau Billingslea Jet Black
Wendee Lee Faye Valentine
Jennifer Hale Electra Ovilo
Nicholas Guest Rasheed
Kouichi Yamadera Actor
Unshou Ishizuka Actor
Megumi Hayashibara Actor
Daran Norris Vincent Volaju

Technical Credits
Shinichiro Watanabe Director
Marc Handler Screenwriter
Shuichi Kakesu Editor
Haruyo Kanesaku Producer
Yoko Kanno Score Composer
Masahiko Minami Producer
Atsushi Morikawa Art Director
Keiko Nobumoto Screenwriter
Yoichi Ogami Cinematographer
Minoru Takanashi Producer
Shiho Takeuchi Set Decoration/Design
Ryohei Tsunoda Executive Producer
Masuo Ueda Producer
Hajime Yatate Original Story
Takayuki Yoshii Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [6:56]
2. Shogi [2:04]
3. Chemical Tanker Explosion [3:14]
4. CBC News [5:41]
5. Lee Samson, Computer Hacker [2:05]
6. The Bean-Seller [7:47]
7. Western Movies [2:02]
8. Purgatory [3:03]
9. Masof Team 7 [2:55]
10. "I've Found You, Hacker Boy" [1:47]
11. Lymph Corpuscles [1:50]
12. Colonel Electra Ovilo [1:17]
13. Taking Out the Trash [4:32]
14. Micro-Robots [1:55]
15. "I've Found Lee!" [1:49]
16. Game's Over [:37]
17. Monorail Battle [5:49]
18. Swimming Bird [5:22]
19. Hacking Into Cherious [5:54]
20. Rasheed Explains All [3:48]
21. In Protective Custody [7:37]
22. Vincent's Next Trick [3:54]
23. Breaking Out of Cherious [4:00]
24. The Army Takes Over [4:20]
25. Air Show [2:42]
26. The Bridge to Heaven [8:15]
27. A Very Nasty Halloween Party [2:35]
28. Vincent's Second Death [3:34]


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Cowboy Bebop - The Movie 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I can say is the movie is AWESOME. I bought it because I loved it so much. Though the plot seems to stand alone and not with the series it's still great.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I've already seen this movie in japanese, and I love it. I can't wait for this to come out in english so I don't have to keep reading the subtitles! Anybody who likes Cowboy Bebop will love this movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree if you love Cowboy Bebop you will love this, but there is no way an English version will be better. Each character is much more distict in Japanese and the subtitles are but a small sacrifice
Guest More than 1 year ago
thats the real title and to the second review, the first guy didn't say it would be better, he said it would be great!!! this is the most popular anime in america right now so if you wanna be a wannabe otaku of anime, buy the series and the movie and the best sessions
Guest More than 1 year ago
THis movie was awesome. the voices were good. Faye's voice bothers me a little, she sounds too mature. but pretty god for a dub. I know other people have said it but if you like this youll think TRIGUN IS FREAKIN AWESOME
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell completly head over heels for this show, and I'm jumping up and down for the movie! Maybe I'm the only one but I discovered Cowboy Bebop recently on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. So I've only seen it dubbed and I think subtitled would bother me simply because I'm use to the voices. So probably your preference depends on what you saw first. **shrugs**
Guest More than 1 year ago
ok,so i've never actually seen the movie but i am totally bouncing up and down waiting!!!!i can barely contain myself!!the series was like the best i ever saw an Im completely in love with it so i just cant wait to see the movie!i also cant wait to hear another brilliant score by yoko kano!my brother itroduced me to the series(that sounds so lame)and i just fell in love so im sure the movie will be great!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got my hands on the original Japanese release of this last fall. Very much a let down. I thought that a big screen movie would be an incredible experience. The movie is no better than any of the episodes. It's even a little worse. It feels long and drawn out. Not the spectacle I was hoping for. Don't get me wrong, I own the complete series on DVD and I love Cowboy Bebop. This movie just didn't live up to my expectations. I'd rather re-watch Toys in the Attic, Mushroom Samba or any number of standard episodes. Everyone is there from the English cast EXCEPT Spike. Too bad they couldn't get everyone. My it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most coolest anime siries in the world. i would pay just to wtcha session. i think it's really awesome it's freakin kool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie. As for the entire Sub-Dub debate... drop it. it's old... if you like it subbed, find the sub version...if you like it dubbed, find the dub myself, I just like the show... and trigun sucks... sorry
Guest More than 1 year ago
ive never even saw the show. the only way i found out about cow boy bebop was through a cd some one gave me with the title song on it. and then one day surfing the web i come across the song again. i liked the song so much that i just had to see what it was from. i love the movie so much even though i probably could like it more if i saw the show and had more background.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the series and feel in love with it. And when i heard the movie was coming out i died. But when i saw the movie holy cow... I was blown away. It had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. Humor, danger, action... all packed in one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can i say? Great show, great movie. The only problem I had with the movie is that Jet is a much more minor character than in the show. But it doesn't affect how good of a movie it is. (Which is really good)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is incredible. Everything that made the show a success (actions sequences, realistic culture, life altering romance, suspense) has been amped-up greatly. Watanabe doesn't spend any time introducing the main four characters and their backgrounds, which might be confusing for people who are new to ''Cowboy Bebop.'' Even so, their actions speak louder than words, and most newbies will immediately pick up on each of the Bebop crew's styles. The plot is well concieved and executed perfectly; at no point does the movie feel rushed or unhurried. As always, the music is outstanding. Yoko Kanno's tunes mesh so well with the action on screen, that you can almost watch the movie without any dialouge and still understand what's happening. A plus for fans of the show: Except for Ed (who remains her crazy, spastic self), you will see a slightly different side of the main characters. You'll see Spike, Faye, and Jet as being more vulnerable then they let on in the show. This movie is everything I love about anime; you'll agree with me once you've seen it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keeping with the high standards set by the series, this movie's animation is outstanding. The plot is cerebral enough to keep the intellect working, but the action never slows down. My only problem with it was the music. The opening theme was, quite frankly, appalling. I don't know what Kanno was thinking, but it certainly isn't up to her level. The random city life scenes reminded me of a late 80's 'feel good' movie. Other than that disappointment, the movie was rewarding. The new characters were introduced well and were also well fleshed out. The villain is remarkable - certainly not a cardboard stock character, but a truly compelling individual. The premise behind it: life, death, dreams and insanity, kept me enthralled throughout. It isn't a movie I'll forget.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so pissed when I found out the theaters weren't playing it! It was great! Cowboy Bebop on the big screen would have been awesome, but owning it's even better! Buy it, you won't regret it...
Guest More than 1 year ago
My friend got me hooked on this show so I had to see the movie and it was freeken awesome! It's the best cartoon movie I saw in a while. I saw it in the theater but I had to go with an adult cuz I'm only 14. Cowboy Bebop rocks but The Real Folk Blues is really SAD. WATCH IT!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
To think that it would get any better, it does. For those who think anime is just plain old big eyed cute characters in a family gerne, think again. Cowboy Bebop should be well liked and respected.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those of you who don't know, Spike is still dead from the last episode of the TV series. This movie is not the begining of a new series so grab your tissues. This film actually takes place between episodes 19-21. A Madman wants to destroy the world and the dymanamic duo wants to stop him. But they're not the only ones. A woman named Electra also goes after him. But, not because it's her job as a undercover angent, but also because she happens to be very close to him. And she wants some answers. As the story unfolds, the action comes to life and another adventure begins. So ENJOY.
Guest More than 1 year ago
....... this movie was abolutely stunning. The visual effects and fight scenes came in higher detail then i could have expected. This movie has a weird side to it that leads your mind down several differant paths
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie rocked it doesnt get much better then this and i personaly beleive that any one who watches it will be addicted from the get go
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is great! Hardcore fans won't be let down by it and new watchers will enjoy it as well. The fight scenes are beautifully animated and the music by Yoko Kanno compliments the beautiful animation. The story is about a man named Vincent who wants to destroy the world with nano-machines. When a bounty is put on Vincents head the Bebop jumps into action! The crew, Jet Black an ex-cop, Spike Speigal a sarcastic guy who fights like Bruce Lee, Faye Valentine a women with attitude, Ein the data dog, and Ed the genius hacker! They are all the best bounty hunters in the galaxy. This movie is quite a feast for the eyes and draws you in. A must have for any Bebop fan
Guest More than 1 year ago
Out of all of the anime movies I have and own, this is my favorite. Shinichiro Watanabe is one of the greatest anime directors of all time. From the beginning of the movie to the ending credits I was stunned and inspired. After watching this movie all I wanted to do was draw and try to mimick what i saw on the screen. If there was ever a movie that you have to see, even if you aren't a fan of the series or of anime, you should watch this. A great motion picture that has, more than likely, captured anime fans everywhere and wouldn't let them go until the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I dont think the real folk blues is sad... o well BUY COWBOY BEBOP NOW