Cowboy Bebop - The Movie

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Overview

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...
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Overview

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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2011
  • UPC: 014381711752
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 12,927

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Lucas Voice Only
Beau Billingslea Voice Only
Wendee Lee Voice Only
Jennifer Hale Voice Only
Nicholas Guest Voice Only
Kouichi Yamadera
Unshou Ishizuka
Megumi Hayashibara
Daran Norris Voice Only
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spike!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    , Anime and manga fan

    This was the first anime movie I had seen (besides the Pokemon movies but thats beside the point)Its a bit confusing because of crazy ideas and well some people just dont have an open minds. But a good plot with awesome music!!, funny remarks, and cool views of the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best Anime Films ever

    Killer soundtrack, animation and action all in one. It pleased even critics from outside the anime world with the style all its own. It takes place just before the dark ending of the series and shows Spike and the rest of the Bebop's crew chasing after a bounty head who sets off a bioweapon in the middle of a city. Arguably among the top three anime films of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    very thing u would expect and more

    I loved the movie it was everything i wanted and with a very well written plot to it also.It has some really good action sequences also If ur a bit of a fan of this anime series u'll love this movie and the dvd was amazing wit lots of extras like biographies,backgrounds on each character and also two music videos its a must see

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    o.0

    I dont think the real folk blues is sad... o well BUY COWBOY BEBOP NOW

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Could something ever top this?

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this was good

    this was a movie so i like this and also the show.Cowboy Bebop comes on adultswim at 1:30 watch it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hey all You Bounty Hunters!

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cowboy Bebop - The Movie

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cowboy Bebop - The Movie

    ....... 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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cowboy Bebop - The Movie

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cowboy Bebop - The Movie

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Movie EVER!!!!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dripping with style

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thank God It Finally Came!!!

    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...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good, But A Few Reservation...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wild, Amazing, and one awsome movie!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spike Spiegel

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I don't know why they don''t call it ''Knockin' on Heaven's Door''

    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)

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