Royal Space Force [DVD] [1987]

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  • Release Date: 10/15/2013
  • Rating: NR
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 5)

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Royal Space Force: Wings of Honneamise
One of the most acclaimed films in Japanese anime, The Winds of Honneamise tells the story of a group of would-be astronauts on a planet that is not Earth -- but not unlike Earth. While an eager young pilot named Shilo dreams of making his nation's space program a success, his leaders are not sure of the project's viability, and shortages of money and technical know-how threaten to keep space flights on the ground. Will Shilo and his friends buck the odds and take their ship to other worlds? ~ Mark Deming, Rovi



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Old-fashioned movie about ideals

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    Dval
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    Genre: Drama Length: 125 minutes "In a world eerily similar to our own, war between the Kingdom of Honneamise and its archrival, The Republic, seems inevitable. But even as the two nations' rapidly evolving technology creates new ways to wage greater and more deadly forms of warfare, a small group seeks to use those same advances to propel mankind forward into the future and into space in their world's first manned spaceflight program. For astronaut candidate Shirotsugh Lhadatt, it's not just a journey beyond the reach of the atmosphere, but a personal odyssey as he grows from an aimless young man into a leader willing to put everything on the line in order to move the human race forward and away from the brink of Armageddon. Prepare to witness the legendary film that revolutionized the anime industry, launched the careers of dozens of today's animation superstars and put Studio Gainax forever on the map as one of Japan's premiere production houses. Staggering animation, brilliant storytelling and a scope that goes beyond epic combine to produce an emotional powerhouse that will send your spirit flying towards the stars with "The Royal Space Force: Wings of Honneamise!" 1987! This movie was in production for 5 years and didn't release until spring break of 1987...I wasn't even 3 years old at this point! With a whopping budget of over 800 million yen #about $8million U.S. dollars today, but a lot more at the time due to higher currency value and inflation#, this movie better have been a masterpiece. And it definitely delivers in a major way. Love. War. And the Final Frontier. That's what the movie is trying to express and it does pretty well on two of them. War is ever present. As long as man exists, then so will war. What starts out as pretty light-hearted becomes more somber as those unaccostomed to war are the targets of assassinations and invasions due to old fueds. Space: the final frontier. It's the goal of the movie from the beginning even if those involved thought it was a joke of some sort. After discovering his goal or ideal, Shiro changes from a slacker to a man on a mission to explore the stars. Love...it might be there, but I wasn't really feeling it. Shiro definitely has an interest in Riquinni, but she never returns his feelings and doesn't really even seem to understand what love is. The Blu-ray remaster of this is pretty awesome. No way that you'd think it was made 26 years ago by the graphics. The big goofy smiles are a bit of a giveaway to the older time period as well as the slight Macross/Robotech feeling to the artwork. Overall, an amazing movie that I'm glad I ordered. Was about to give up on ordering it as I kept on getting processing errors, but I tried again that night and it went through. Arrived in 2 days as well! Pick it up and you'll enjoy it.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One of the best.

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    TheeReviewerCritic

    A very good movie animated or otherwise! Since there is no summery of what this is… It takes place on an Earth like world what would be the 50’s and the brink of a world war after a longing running cold war. The involved the man overcoming war and becoming better. Has the struggles of men fighting to get into space to prove like our own pioneers into space, we can do it. It has action, political drama, and shots that rival Apollo 13. All accompanied with a great musical score. As of this version picture is great but didn’t do anything with the audio, just stereo. But this is the on version in print so… This is flat out one of the best animated feature ever made! This movie is 5 stars but because of the presentation the only gets 4.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Slow paced excellence

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    Krustomer
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    If you like Patlabor, you'll love this. It's got gorgeous visuals, and the launch scene near the end is a treat I'll not soon forget. The story is also heavily political, despite being in a fantastical setting (I did not realize this took place in a fictional world). This definitely has a slower burn, though, and some people don't appreciate that, but if you're into that, it's worth a watch. (or multiple watchings!)

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A great piece to contemplate

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    isamudyson
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    This film challenges you to place yourself in a time when space travel had not yet taken place and challenges you to contemplate the worthiness of the pursuit, both politically and philosophically. A bit slow at some times, but you'll keep finding new things to enlighten you with each repeated viewing.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Classic

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    DunnBestBuy
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    This is simply one of the best Anime titles to every come out. The animation is some of the best. This belongs in every Anime collector's shelf. Highly recommended.

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