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AXCN: Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)

Opens on January 19

Director: Shinichiro Watanabe Run Time: 115 min. Release Year: 2001

Starring: Ai Kobayashi, Aoi Tada, Koichi Yamadera, Megumi Hayashibara, Unsho Ishizuka

Country: Japan
Language: Japanese with English subtitles; select screenings dubbed in English

About the film:

Presented as part of Anime Expo Cinema Nights 2023

The year is 2071. Following a terrorist bombing, a deadly virus is released on the populace of Mars and the government has issued the largest bounty in history, for the capture of whoever is behind it. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop; Spike, Faye, Jet and Ed, take the case with hopes of cashing in the bounty. However, the mystery surrounding the man responsible, Vincent, goes deeper than they ever imagined, and they aren’t the only ones hunting him.

About the filmmaker:

Shin’ichirô Watanabe is a writer and director from Kyoto, Japan, best known for the anime series Cowboy Bebop (1998) and Samurai Champloo (2004). He also directed the short films Kid’s Story and A Detective Story for The Animatrix (2003) anthology. Watanabe is known for believing in music as a universal language, often blending various film and music genres in his anime.

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