Finally, it’s here! The epic NIGHT ON THE GALACTIC RAILROAD, the classic 1985 anime from famed master animator Gisaburo Sugii.
With a long-absent father and an ailing mother, Giovanni is a kid who simply isn't allowed a childhood; not only must he work to keep food on the table, but he is mercilessly teased by schoolmates who simply don't understand his situation; All except for Campanella, son of his father's friend. On the night of the Festival of the Stars, Giovanni and Campanella both find themselves aboard the Galactic Railroad, a phantom train that takes them to places they never dreamed existed. But the truth of this train is something that Giovanni could never be truly prepared for.
Gisaburo-san has been hailed an anime visionary in the same league as Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, but outside of Japan, his work is not well known. His works are just as visually stunning and a bit more subversive. This presentation is a companion to a documentary that HIFF is also showing about the life of the little known animator called ANIMATION MAESTRO GISABURO, which also resides in the Festival’s Planet Anime section.