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Mamoru Oshii has become a hot commodity as of late, with his noted work on such popular features as Jin-Roh, Ghost in the Shell, and the Patlabor movies. With his slow, methodical style that intrigues as it unfolds, Oshii has proven over and over again his ability to keep an audience involved despite pacing that would destroy other directors' films. Back in 1985, he premiered his most personal work, a 70-minute picture called Angel's Egg that he both wrote and directed. It stretches to the very limit the capacities of his viewers, yet is an insightful look into the very core of the man who has pondered the meaning of existence in ways most filmmakers wouldn't dare to attempt. What's amazing is that I find Angel's Egg a stunning work even though I disagree with its message (though there is some chutzpah in my even saying I understand it).
To attempt to describe the plot in a way that gives the film any sense would be like trying to describe how water is wet...it can't be done.
For those who like art films and find the concept of a serious, mentally provoking, controversial course in Christianity and existential thought fascinating, you must see this film. Angel's Egg is a film worthy to stand beside the likes of Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal in dealing with the concepts of death, life, and belief. It is truly a gorgeous film to be experienced rather than completely comprehended.— Jason Huff, The Anime Review
Tue October 3, 2023, 7:30 PM, Muenzinger Auditorium
Japan, 1985, in Japanese, 71 min
Screenplay: Mamoru Oshii, Director: Mamoru Oshii, Story: Mamoru Oshii, Yoshitaka Amano, Cast: Keiichi Noda, Mako Hyoudou, Jinpachi Nezu