Angel’s Egg (1985) dir. Mamoru Oshii
A mysterious young girl wanders a desolate, otherworldly landscape, carrying a large egg.
Prior to the production on Angel’s Egg, Mamoru Oshii lost his faith in Christianity. Senses of Cinema opined that the film ‘seems informed by the existential desperation caused by the collapse of one’s belief system’; Oshii himself has stated he does not know what the film is about.
Angel’s Egg did not do well with critics on its release, and Oshii stated that ‘it kept him from getting work for years’. However, it is considered ‘one of the highlights of ‘artistic’ anime and [his] career as a director.’ Brian Ruh, a critical analyst of Japanese popular culture, stated that it was ‘one of the most beautiful and lyric films in the animated medium.’
‘Maybe you, I and the fish only exist in the memory of a person who is long gone. Maybe no one really exists and it’s only raining outside.’
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