Q10Please can you help me with some information? I would like to know more about the Japanese anime film (made about 1985), "Nokto de la Galaksia Fervojo", which was based on Miyazawa Kenji's classic 1927 children's book., "Night of the Milky Way train."|
The makers of the film decided to have all the writing in the film(including the chapter titles and credits) appear in Esperanto -- this apparently was in keeping with the author's approval of Esperanto and the eclectically spiritual nature of the story.
What else can you tell me about this film, please and is it commercially available on video tape? I wish to include the information in an article I am writing for the Esperanto Topic on Suite 101. (See below for link).
In my earlier comment I missed your focus on Esperanto. The movie contains conspicuous text in Esperanto, and most of the titles are displayed in both Japanese and Esperanto, but I don't believe Esperanto is ever actually spoken in the film. Anyway, the movie is highly recommended. It really moved me.
The movie was once available in English on DVD and VHS video, but that version is now (sadly) out of print. You can still find English-language copies of the DVD, but they're bound to be either expensive or pirated. Let's hope somebody decides to publish this again!
Of course, there's the Japanese version of the DVD, but it doesn't seem to contain an English translation.