(Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door)2001, 120 minutes, Japanese
A Story Overview
In the year 2071 A.D., someone has launched a terrorist attack on Mars, detonating an oil tanker on a busy highway. The number of people killed by the explosion, however, pale in comparison to those affected from whatever baffling pathogen that was released into the atmosphere, which seems to be highly contagious, rapidly acting and fatal. Faye Valentine was on the scene at the explosion and catches a glimpse of the man who seems to be responsible, thus launching the crew of the Bebop on an all-out manhunt for this mystery man and the 300 million uron bounty that has been placed on his capture.
Back almost certainly due to popular demand for the hit TV series "Cowboy Bebop", the crew of the Bebop take on their biggest case ever in this thriller. One of the most anticipated anime movies in recent memory, Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door takes the viewer to another corner of the Bebop universe, one that is at once exotic and familiar because of how mankind has been driven from Earth to the stars, taking the cultures of the world with them as they go. The artists of Knockin' on Heaven's Door spent a week on location in Marrakesh to capture the essence of Morocco, and, as it did in the TV series, their eye for detailonce again shines through in the movie. Some of the largest names in the anime industry return to the Bebop after the wildly successful anime TV series, including Director Watanabe Shinichirou ("Cowboy Bebop", "Macross Plus", "Animatrix" segment #5), Animation Director Kawamoto Toshihiro (also Animation Director for Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory), writer Nobumoto Keiko ("Cowboy Bebop" TV series, "Macross Plus"), writer Yatate Hajime ("Escaflowne"), and of course the incomparable Kanno Youko, who penned the beloved music for "Arjuna", "Escaflowne", "Cowboy Bebop", "Macross Plus" among others, and also contributed to "Memories" and "Please Save My Earth."
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