Tuesday lectures by Jon Cates! Film Series : The Western: How It Was Never One

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

Kaubōi Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira / カウボーイビバップ 天国の扉

2001, Shinichirô Watanabe, Japan, 115 min.

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Show Times

  • Fri, Oct 19th 8:00pm
  • Tue, Oct 23rd 6:00pm

"Magnetic, beautiful stuff." - Patrick Z. McGavin, Chicago Tribune

A theatrical follow-up to the cult 1998 TV series, this stylish anime epic integrates elements of sci-fi, film noir, and Western. The year is 2071, the setting is a Martian megalopolis that looks a lot like New York City, the "cowboys" are a team of four bounty hunters, and the Bebop is their spaceship, as well as a signifier of the hipster vibe that was the series' trademark. Scrounging along on smalltime jobs, the foursome scent a bigtime payoff when an unprecedented reward is offered for the mysterious terrorist who has unleashed a deadly virus in the city. The story focuses primarily on one member of the team, spindly cool cat Spike Spiegel, who finds that the trail leads not to a cardboard villain, but to a tragic alter ego whose wounded past mirrors his own. Highlights include spectacular fight scenes (especially one aboard a high-speed monorail), Yoko Kanno's wildly eclectic music score, and a screening of the classic Western HIGH NOON at a futuristic drive-in. In Japanese with English subtitles. 35mm widescreen. (MR)

Tuesday lecture by Jon Cates, Associate Professor of Film, Video, New Video and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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