Cleopatra

Film Intro
Film Info
Original Title: 
クレオパトラ
Country: 
Japan
Year of Production: 
1970
Genre: 
Fairytale
Running Time: 
112 mins
Original Language: 
Japanese

Summary

Cleopatra
Dir: 
Tezuka Osamu, Yamamoto Eiichi
Writer: 
Tezuka Osamu, Satoyoshi Shigemi
Synopsis: 

CLEOPATRA is a very much unknown Japanese anime from 1970 made by “The Godfather of Manga” Osamu Tezuka along with director Eiichi Yamamoto. It has never been released in the UK. INTRODUCTION Cleopatra was a part of a series of adult anime films called Animerama (Japanese: アニメラマ), originally conceived and initiated by Osamu Tezuka and made at his Mushi Production animation studio from the late 1960s to early 1970s. As well as the erotic themes, they are also defined by mixing more typical traditional animation with sequences of UPA and Yōji Kuri–influenced experimental use of modern design, limited animation, and still paintings akin to Tezuka's experimental short films and like those largely were all directed, sometimes sharing the billing with Tezuka, by Eiichi Yamamoto. The first, A THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS, was the first erotic animated feature film and, at 130 minutes, remains one of the longest ever animated films and one of the first X rated animated films, pre-dating Fritz The Cat. The first two are also notable for having scores by famed composer and
electronic rearranger Isao Tomita. The third, BELLADONNA OF SADNESS, made without Tezuka's direct involvement, is more serious than its predecessors and more avant-garde still, telling its story largely through pans over still, panoramic paintings with narration.

The three films in the trilogy are: A Thousand and One Nights (千夜一夜物語 Senya Ichiya Monogatari) (1969) Cleopatra (クレオパトラ Kureopatora) (1970) Belladonna of Sadness (哀しみのベラドンナ Kanashimi no Beradonna) (1973)

Crew
Producer: 
Yoneyama Yasuhiko
Editor: 
Furukawa Masashi, Tsukahara Hitomi, Ooiwa Senko, Watanabe Reiko
Production Company: 
Tezuka Productions
Cinematography: 
Honda Tsuyoshi
Music: 
Tomita Isao
Blu-ray Disc Info
BD Release Date: 
Spring 2018
BD Specifications: 
Dual format DVD & BLURAY
DVD Info