Director(s): Shinichirô Watanabe
Available Quality: Hi Def
Country: USA, Japan
Available Quality: Hi Def, iPod, Hi Def
IMDB Rating: 7.7 out of 10 (13980 votes)
A tanker truck is blown to smithereens in the middle of a busy street, and a deadly viral infection is released with the explosion. The Bebop crew - Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, and Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV - are instantly after the culprit when the gargantuan reward of 300,000,000 woolongs is announced. But the case gets stranger and stranger as the cold-blooded Vincent Volaju, who supposedly has been dead for ten years, seems to be the prime suspect. Meanwhile, Spike encounters the dangerous Electra, who too seeks the madman. Conspiracies and secrets better left alone are uncovered, and Vincents reign or terror is nowhere near over yet...
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Alan_Gabriel (14 May 2013)
This movie is just as good, if not better, than most of the episodes inthe series. If Bebop fans learn to accept the story for what it is--anextended version of a typical(albeit superior) episode, this movie willlive up to the exceptional quality of the series. And if someone withno knowledge of the series watches this movie, they will have verylittle to catch up on. The great thing about the film is itsaccessibility to all audiences with its stand alone storyline(althoughBebop fans can still get new things out of it).With the introduction of the character of Vincent Volaju, the CowboyBebop brain trust has provided a great nemesis for the protagonistSpike to interact with. These two characters' fight scenes areexceptional, and the bond that they share works great with the overalltone of the series. The subtle philosophical points of the film may notbe mind blowing, but they are definitely above average. Great dialogueis rare in animation, let alone anime, and this is one of the strongpoints of both the series and the movie. It is obvious that thecreators have tried to fit almost all elements of the series into thiswork, and they have succeeded, despite that great burden. Each of thefive major characters from the series(Spike, Jet, Faye, Ed, and Ein)get the right amount of time in the spotlight, while allowing the newcharacters(Vincent, Electra, and Rashid) time to develop properly.Also, as any fan of the series can vouch for, the music is not onlyoriginal, but almost like a character unto itself.Ultimately, this film boils down to the centerpiece of the series,Spike Spiegel, and his final meeting with his kindred spirit, thetortured Vincent Volaju. The result of this film helps propel theseries into its heart wrenching conclusion and underlying philosophicaltone. More than worthy of being associated with the Cowboy Bebop series.
Grann-Bach (13 May 2013)
I have not watched a second of the show, so I came into this with noprior knowledge about it, and can not draw any comparisons. With thatsaid, I had no trouble following this. I can imagine that I might haveappreciated it even more if I had seen the episodes, but this is suchsolid and capable story-telling that I could jump right in for the twohours of this and not feel like anything went completely over my head.The atmosphere is excellently built up, and the futuristic city is afascinating world(not to mention a stunning sight to behold). All ofthe design work is marvelous, and the style is impeccable. Whetherestablishing mood or delivering awesome, unforgettable epic action(inthe form of bad-ass gun-play and intense, high-speed chases), this hitsthe nail on the head. I saw the English dub version, so that is theonly one I can comment on: The voice acting is masterful, noperformances felt off. Music is cool, with a lot of jazz, and ingeneral, the sound-side of this is magnificent. The plot is engaging,and the pacing is spot-on, never losing the audience's attention.Editing and cinematography are amazing, and this has tons of incrediblevisuals. The humor varies a tad, with a couple of really funny jokesand gags. Language is moderate/strong. There is sensuality and hintstowards sexuality, though no nudity in this. Also, the violence can getbloody, and there is disturbing content in this. I recommend this toany fan of AnimÃ©. 10/10
shanemyers (08 May 2013)
Mars, 2071 before Halloween 2071 a tanker explodes in the middle of mar'speak-hour traffic and an epidemic of an unkown nerve-gas/bio-warfare haskilled over 150 and the bounty for the lone bio-terrorist is 30 millionwoolongs... Guess which crew's in town? Spike, Jet, Faye, Ed and Eintrackdown the bio-terrorist (Vincent Volaju) and his known accomplisncesunfortunatley, the government/military are some how involved with thecreation of the nerve-gas/bio-warfare... This is gonna be one hell of'aridefor Spike and the crew to track down Vincent before he destroyseverylivingthing on mars.Cons:*This should've won the Academey Award!*More script work.*Should've had an actual cinematic realese and more publication!*Should've gone for a longer film duration.Pros:*One of my all time favs.*The plot, action, storyline, character development and comic relife aswellas the philosophy.*Great voice acting, escpacilly Steven Jay Blum a.k.a. DavidLucas.*A highly enjoyable Sci-Fi film, much better rather then the Matrix orStarWars episode I or II.Verdict: 9 out of 10, "One of the best Anime movies I've seen in2003!"
angelynx-2 (08 May 2013)
I'll try to avoid echoing other comments here and cut straight to the chase:This is not perfect, but MAN it's so close. I had some trouble with thepacing, which seemed a bit slow to me--as if they weren't quite sure how towork with a feature-length timeframe; I'm still a bit hazy on just how thevillain's threat was resolved, which I'm usually not after a CB episode; andgosh, *why* isn't "Tank!" on the soundtrack? Songs with words just don'tcut it in a CB score. --But honestly, those seem like such small problemsnext to everything that's wonderful about this movie. It has all the stuffyou love about Bebop the series: the brilliant, flashing action and fightsequences, the character interaction, Spike's nicotine jones =), thegorgeous cinematic visuals, and the dreamlike melancholy that underlies eventhe funniest moments. The villain, his grip on the fantasy/reality dividecompletely erased after a genetic experiment on Titan, makes a neatcounterpoint to Spike, forever haunted by his dreams of the perfect futurehe once believed in. Jet's protective concern for his reckless teammates wasnever better painted than in a scene where he blusters about how muchhappier he was without any of them and couldn't care less where they are,only to pounce on the phone's first ring like a worried mom on date night.There's just a *little* more of Faye's skin for the fanboys (but only a verylittle bit more, honest! we're not talking topless here! x my heart!), Edhas a trick-or-treat encounter that would never make it to American TV, andeven the Big Shot duo put in an appearance (despite having absolutelynothing to say). It's not intended as a wrap-up or finale to CB the series; it occurs inbetween episodes and should be thought of that way, as an experimentalepisode both different from and similar to the original sessions. Kind oflike an extended jam on an established theme, with improvisations, in thetrue bebop style.
Lt_Chris_Redfield (03 May 2013)
((Be warned! There are some very slight spoilers in this review! If you donot wish to know then do not read.))Cowboy Bebop: The Movie is one of the best movies I have ever seen. Thereisa perfect blend of action, drama, comedy and a great soundtrack thatmatchesthe quality of the Television Series (no Tank! Were is Tank!??) ((forthoseof you who don't know Tank! is the intro song for the Television Show.))Allof the characters are back in all their glory in this and it makes CowboyBebop: The Movie a perfect supplement to the series. Spike is laid backandfunny as ever. "I love the kind of woman that can kick my ass." is one ofhis lines during an interesting scene. Faye is her beautiful, sassy,complaining self. Jet is bossy, and as determined as ever. Ed....Ed isjusthilarious in this movie! Not as much as Mushroom Samba but just as well.Shedoes this one thing that causes Spike to remark; "She's like a trainedseal.Maybe we can sell her to the Martian Circus."As with all Bebop sessions the crew is after a bounty and this onesurpassesall of the previous. 300,000,000 Woolongs for the capture of the personwhowas the cause of a tanker explosion on the freeway heading to Alba City onMars. The thing is this tanker was carrying a virus like chemical thataffected everyone within a 3 kilometer radius. So Faye, Spike and Jet allwork together to capture the criminal and run into a lot of surprisesalongthe way.Cowboy Bebop: The Movie is the perfect addition to any Bebop fan'scollection. I highly recommend it. 5/5."See ya space cowboy."
Kadosho (02 May 2013)
What to say about a great anime film!?1)best director ,producer,writer,and song writer2)The music !3)Nonstop action!I have yet to pick up this title,and am eagerly awaiting to doso.
ladymidath (28 April 2013)
Being a fan of the series, I was prepared to like the movie but I wasnot expecting to be so totally blown away by it. The story itself wasexceptional, it was deep and thought provoking especially in today'spolitical climate. The whole Cowboy Beebop gang was back, Spike, Jet,Faye, Ed and Ein and they were all a joy. Spike with his usual laconiclaid back attitude, Jet, the strong almost noble father figure, Fayewith her sarcasm and Ed with her out there, stuck to the ceilingpersonality...and good old reliable Ein. Each one was give great screentime and I loved the way that they were so very much themselves. Withthe exception of Faye's outfit. A little more skin this time, but hey,that's cool. Vincent would have to be the CB's best villain yet, exceptfor Vicious of course. But I found him to be almost sympathetic. A manexperimented on, then cast adrift in a universe that he no longerunderstands or can take part in. The scenes with the golden butterfliesare quite simply breathtaking. One scene I did love in particular wasthe one where Jet, finding that everyone has taken off-blusters abouthow he doesn't care and that he's better off by himself, only to jumpon Spike the minute he walks in like a worried dad. I have to say thatJet is my favourite character. Ed's encounters while pretending totrick or treat were hilarious and the fight on the monorail wasperfect. Elecktra was a good character as was Rasheed and some oldcharacters came back as well for some truly fun moments. All up, thismovie could not have been better. You do not have to see the series tounderstand it, but it helps. Japanese anime at it's best.
Jonathan Peck (28 April 2013)
For those who are not aware, Knockin' on Heaven's Door takes place duringthe latter part of the series' timeline. This movie is exactly what everyanimated movie should be. It has all of the elements that made the tvseries so popular including some of the best hand to hand fight scenes toever grace any screen. The movie is supposed to feel like an extendedepisode of the television series but with a higher production value and itexcels at doing so. Any fan of Bebop will absolutely fall in love withthisfilm and even those who have a limited knowledge of the series will be ablesit down and enjoy it.It isnt licensed for American release yet, but a company will surely pickitup for DVD release in the coming months. If there ever was a better way toclose the book on Cowboy Bebop than episode 26, then this isit.
felix_da_cat34 (23 April 2013)
Watched "Knockin' on Heavens door" about 2 months ago. What an awesomeanimefreature, its feel-good, fun, action packed and delivers a movie just likean extended episode. KOHD is great because it DOESENT finish off theseries,and doesent have a profound deep message to expain, it just kicks ass.YokoKannos original score to the movie is soooooooo good, especially Theopeningtheme "Blame it on DNA".Also the badguy Vincent, kicks ass, and could kick Vicous' ass any day. Sooverall theres a fairly large amount of asses kicked in thismovie.If you want a good almost-nobrainer anime to watch then Cowboy bebopKnockin' on heavens door will absolutely deliver.
eddy_leyte (23 April 2013)
Because of it's nature as a feature length motion picture, CowboyBebop: The Movie(CBTM), differs from the television show it is basedon, which alienated some of its fans. The motion picture is basicallythe anime version of a summer action blockbuster, and in that respectthe movie seems much more Americanized than the television show. Theiris a rather decent plot however, with Spike and Faye becomingintertwined with Vincent and Electra, and some rather interestingforeshadowing done with the end of the television series and the movie.Without spoiling, I'll say Vincent's past catches up to him much thesame as Spike's does as the end of the show. In totality, CBTM seems tobe a climax before a climax. It's the last epic adventure the wholecrew goes on together, and its the last time we see the charactersacting like they do throughout the first 23 episodes of the televisionshow. If you over-analyze this movie as some sort of magic bulletcondensed version of every thematic expression and stylistic overtureof Cowboy Bebop, you will be disappointed. Take it as a 90 minuteaction adventure flick with some familiar characters, entertainingfight sequences and witty dialogue, that pervade modern main streamcinema, and it's worth a rental.
dgalloway (15 April 2013)
Normally, I'm not that big a fan of the anime movies we in the US get.Usually, they're either dubbed and censored to heck (Dragonball Zmovies),cut and shredded apart (Digimon: The Movie), or simply terrible kidmovies(every anime movie Disney released besides Spirited Away). However, thisonestands out, not only because it's a good movie based off a TV series(whichdoesn't happen every day), but it's a GOOD ANIME MOVIE RELEASED IN THEUS!Basically, it's set in between two of the last episodes in the series. Anex-soldier named Vincent seeks revenge against all of humanity. In ordertoget it, he uses a multitude of beads that contain a deadly nano-machinevirus. If someone is infected, the nanomachines spread through touch,killin minutes, then dissapear without a trace. So it's up to the crew tostophim to save the entire human race, although that $300 million bountylookspretty nice, too...The characters are good, but I felt that the others should have gottenmorescreen time. Spike was basically the focus of the movie. He's the onlyonewho really fights Vincent, he's the only one who catches Vincent, hecomesup with the plan to stop Vincent, etc. I think I made my point. Althoughtheothers each have their moments (*spoiler* I really loved it when Ed ranintoa gun-totting maniac and a transvestite while looking for Faye's target*/spoiler), Spike is still the star here.Besides that, this is a great movie. If you're a fan, check this out. Ifyou're not, then I doubt you'll understand it fully, but check it outanyway.
lleshf (15 April 2013)
This movie was so perfect that it was almost too good to be true. If youarea fan of the Anime, you will LOVE this series. The Anime is without adoubt,the greatest animated series of all time. Everything else is far inferiorcompared to the greatness that is Cowboy BeBop. So I remember seeing thismovie months ago and I set my expectations low because I didn't want to bethat disappointed. Boy was I amazed at what I saw! I loved every bit,everyaspect of this film. Once again, the Great Watanabe ,Nobumoto and co. haveamazed the world of Otaku lovers with this work of sheer brilliance.Amazingproduction, amazing quality and I just love these people! Oh and I loveBandai, Sotsu, Sunrise. The music in this was astounding, as expected fromthe super-talented Yoko Kanno. She is in her own domain of musicalexcellence. The tracks were amazing, and contrary to what a previousreviewer has stated, the opener to this movie is so hip, funky and jazzythat you will want a copy of it and all the other amazing tracks featuredinthis film. The entire crew did an amazing job! The main characters that weall love, were treated with grace, dignity and were all handledbeautifully.We were even treated to new characters that revealed themselves to be verydeep and realistic. The script was amazing, so humane and real and yetoften at times gush of sheer 'poetry'. The action sequences were a treatandare unforgettable. The animation in this is far superior to that of theseries and are so groundbreaking that I feel that no hand-to-hand combatscenes or arial fight scenes have EVER been animated with this sort ofamazing quality and sheer realism. They are sight to behold. Again, thecrewresponsible in this did an amazing job! I can't praise the creators ofthisenough! As far as the plot, everything seems to flow together smoothly andjust as the series, at times, is almost 'artsy' in terms of momentumshiftsand 'high and low periods' where everything just seems to fit in perfectlyand make perfect sense. Folks, this film is a product that far surpassesanything Hollywood has given us in terms of this genre (non-animated even)for the passed 20 years. This far exceeds anything in terms ofentertainmentfor that time period, IMHO. Granted, the characters and source materialwasso good that nobody could have ultimately 'messed up' a Cowboy BeBopmovie.But still, this movie far exceeded mine and others expectations. When youread all these reviews you must realize that they are not all completelywrong. This movie is very very good, at the very least.Now, I see that some of the later reviewers were more critical of thisthenthey were praising of it. Now, that is just silly, IMHO. I think thesereviewers were so overanalyzed this thing to death, that they were onlylooking for what may be the slightest 'wrong thing' in this movie anddecided to expound on them in their reviews. Don't take the very criticalcritics in here too seriously. These people probably have seen this thing5times straight and then after the 6th viewing decided one morning thatthismovie was not as good as they originally thought it was. This movie is soclose to perfect that it would take the most anal of critics or the mostyuppy of coffee drinking critics to find something even slightly wrongwiththis work of art. So, in other words, the critical ones on here arereadingtoo into this and think that this is some sort of arthouse project thatmustcontain some sort of hidden message that reveals the 'secret of life' orsomething.In conclusion, if you are true BeBop fan, you will absolutely LOVE thismovie to no end! If you are not a BeBop fan (as if those even exist) butlove anime, you will still find this movie to be utterly amazing. If youdonot appreciate any animated films whatsoever, you will still find thismovieto be the 'exception' for it will be far superior to anything you haveeverseen in years (non-animated wise). This movie was excellent in everyaspectand is truly memorable in every way.Bottom line, see this movie and prepare to be entertained.
cosmo111687 (13 April 2013)
Even though this was a great film with a great story, great characters, andgreat music, it just wouldn't have been as well had it not have been for theamazing work down by Shingo Takeba and Shiho Takeuchi, the layout artists,as well as the entire animation crew (despite the probable use of arotoscope or two). Hurray for this amazing display of human patients anddesign, and hurray for Mr. Watanabe! Keep pumping out these great tales ofSpike, Jet, Fay, Ed, and the rest of the "Cowboy Bebop"cast!I give it 8/10, not only for animation but for incredible diversity inmusic, it's use of interesting plot elements, and it's myriad of humorousrunning jokes that only "Bebop" fans will get.
action-6 (12 April 2013)
"Cowboy Bebop- the movie" is the only anime ever to be shown at my localcinema, and I knew I had to see it since I am a fan ofanime.This movie is a fascinating scifi-action-comedy with Spike as the maincharacter. I thought that this movie was good, although it`s biggest flawwas it`s length(over 2 hours).I cannot help but feel that the 2 hours+ running time is at least 30 minutestoo much for a movie that has a rather simplistic plot.Apart from the length-issue, I felt that it was a very interesting moviewith nice animation and plenty of stylish action.I guess that I would have enjoyed it more if I had seen the CowboyBebop-series.7,5/10
Lonnie McCullough (12 April 2013)
First off, the animation here is absolutely stunning (the same crew thatdoes the series naturally did the movie). The dialog is smart withoutbeingbrainy and the whole thing has the same light-hearted feel to it that theseries does. That being said, the only criticism I can really level atCowboy Bebop: The Movie is that it is too much like the series. Themovieis quite a bit like one or two of the episodes that we have all alreadyseen(if you are a fan of the series). If you have never seen any of theCowboyBebop episodes on Adult Swim or don't have the boxed set then you willstillbe able to enjoy the film on a purely visceral level as it has so manydazzingly executed sequences (the closing action sequence is amazing)thatto not enjoy it you would have to be brain dead. Even though the filmdoesn't deviate too much from the series (this is not really a bad thingeither) everyone who likes action, anime and the intersection of the twoshould be thoroughly pleased with this film.
TheLittleSongbird (11 April 2013)
The show is one of the finest examples of anime there is, so when Iheard that there was a movie I thought to myself that this could goeither way. Thankfully Cowboy Bebop: The Movie went the way I hoped itwould, which was that being a movie that complimented the show well andsucceeded on its own merits, both of which Cowboy Bebop: The Movie doesbrilliantly. The animation is both ethereal and haunting, with thecharacter designs and faces expressive. The music is emotionallycomplex and fits the mood of the film perfectly, when there's actionit's rousing, when there is an emotional moment it is poignant and whenthere is an intensely dark moment it is haunting. The dialogue is verythought-provoking with some nice humour, true to the style of the showactually, while the story has a lot of layers and my attention neverwavered. The characters are still the characters we know and love andwritten just as well. Of course the show had more time to develop itsstories and characters, but the movie does more than credibly in boththese areas. The voice work is similarly impressive. Overall, Irecommend it without hesitation. 10/10 Bethany Cox
pmm4 (09 April 2013)
While I will concur that the movie is not as good as the show, it isstill one of the best. The movie can either be a starting point, orwell...not really an ending point as it is in accordance with the showin between episodes 23 and 24. You get a deep enough look at eachcharacter to get a feeling for who they are...with the exception of Edand Ein but thats no big deal as you get enough storyline when youstart watching the shows which you will. If you have never seen theshow then I can guarantee you will be intrigued after seeing thismovie. Anyway Im rambling and I highly recommend (thus my 10 rating)this movie if you are a die hard fan or a n00b to the bebop universe.
ryan (08 April 2013)
I've probably watched this movie in Japenese twenty times. But I alwaysliked the english cast better. I can't wait until april when it isreleasedin theaters.Cowboy Bebop is the show that introduced me to the world of GOOD animeandit is my favorite series to date. The characters are richly developed intheseries, and the music is amazing.The movie is no different. Its the same old bebop. The story requires nobackground in the show, and the characters are easy to read from thestart.Even those who aren't into anime will enjoy this. This is NO dragonballZ,(as is with most anime) adults will enjoy this. Its treated like any reallife feature length american action movie.The only thing I am afraid of is that the movie will change with dubbing,orthat might just be because I've gotten used to the Japanese. Anyhow, theanimation outdoes the show, and the soundtrack by Yoko Kanno is one ofthebest CDs I have ever owned.
mattwakeman (05 April 2013)
i suspect that one of the reasons that this film has such a high score isbecause it contains two very important words to many anime fans: 'cowboybebop'. and thus it gets a lot of 10's. but it is because of its title thati cant give it that high a score.this is an ok film, better then sum (spriggan) worse than others but theproblem is that it is going with one of, if not the, finest series of animeever. the characters are there but the story and the dialogue were not. andthis is a real shame. eye candy is fine but there must be more to it thanthis, especially when compared to the epic story lines of 'real folk blues'.its ok, but with 'cowboy bebop' that just isnt good enough.
axeil55 (05 April 2013)
This movie totally rocks. I really enjoyed the original TV Cowboy BebopsoI figured the movie was worth a shot. Wow! It was like watching theseriesall over again.The only gripe I have is that it didn't deal with any of the major plots,but considering they were all finished in the series there isn't muchpointin doing that.I highly recommend this movie but before you see the movie watch theseries,it makes it 10 times better.
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