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J-Movie: わが心の銀河鉄道 宮沢賢治物語 (Night Train to the Stars)


Full English title and subtitle: Night Train to the Stars: Kenji Miyazawa Story

This 1996 movie will be shown by AHC on KXLA on Sundays at 7pm in three parts from December 12–26.

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Thanks, ccwf. So we should put our reviews of the episode in this topic? By the way - what time period is this set in?
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[originally posted by nchristi]

[Airing Sundays on KXLA, 7:00-8:00p (12/12, 12/19, and 12/26 only)]

I finally got around to watching the first episode tonight. I had never before heard of this author and his work and found the first episode rather interesting. If nothing else, seeing the Japan of 1917 and going forward was fascinating. The photography is beautiful, including many gorgeous land and mountain scapes, stands of trees arrayed in beautiful fall colors, cherry blossoms, and the like. Really a great sampling of life away from the cities, from a bygone era.

I very much enjoyed the animation device used to portray Kenji‛s dream writings. Reminded me of early Walt Disney films. Very refreshing. The actor who portrays Kenji is perfect, too, capturing that wide-eyed, idealistic exuberance and passion of youth.

My only criticism is of the subtitles. Many of the thoughts are translated into almost a shorthand. It requires a little effort to figure out what they‛re trying to say sometimes. Also, I wish translators would understand that small, white subtitles are frequently lost in too many light backgrounds. Additionally, the subtitles frequently appear for only a minimal flash on the screen, requiring a rewind to read it all. (I prefer subtitles on Shinsengumi, everything is in yellow, providing good contrast to see it clearly.)

Here‛s a good web site for background on Miyazawa Kenji .

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Night Train to the Stars
Episode 1 - December 12, 2004

This was indeed a different show. It was interesting to see the work of the Buddhist fundamentalists in Shinto Japan of 1917 and also going forward. I agree with nchristi, the subtitles were horrible, and I couldn't see - and the animation part was kinda draggy.. but otherwise, it was interesting.
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it came out already but its subbed? right

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Yes, this drama is 100% subbed.
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allright cool!

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Was Kenji's family also Shinto or just secular Buddhists?
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classblockquoteHiroshi66 wrote:
Was Kenji's family also Shinto or just secular Buddhists?
I'm not sure, but think the family was Shinto. Definitely, they were of a different religion from Kenji because the father, in particular, was greatly annoyed both by his son's new-found religion and by his proselytizing.

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Nchristi - i've done a bit of research, and I've got it. They were at one time probably Shrine and Folk Shinto (most Japanese adhere to both forms of Shinto) and at the same time Shinshu Buddhist - which is a very secular form of Buddhism. Kenji denounced both religions and became a Nichiren Buddhist.
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