is a Japanese anime
feature film produced by Tokuma Shoten
in 1985. A collaboration between popular artist Yoshitaka Amano
and director Mamoru Oshii
, it incorporates surrealistic
qualities. It uses almost no dialogue, making it a commonly cited example of progressive anime.
Parts of the film were used in the 1988 Australian sci-fi movie, "In the Aftermath"
follows the daily life of an unnamed young girl in a surreal world of darkness and shadows.
The girl is the keeper of a mysterious egg. She spends her time collecting bottles and artifacts in a gothic, abandoned city. An unnamed man arrives in the dark town one day riding a machine and wearing a cross-like weapon on his back. The two meet and talk, though their dialogue consists mostly of the single, repeated question "Who are you?"
Meanwhile, the shadows of giant coelacanths
appear within the town, and then the many human statues which line it come alive and begin hunting the fishes with spears.
Inside the girl's vast cavernous "refuge", which contains many strange fossils and her collection, the man tells the girl a tale similar to Noah's Ark
. He waits for the girl to fall asleep and breaks the egg.
The girl reacts in anguish and follows the departing man, only to fall into a ravine of water and die. Her dying exhalation under the water blossoms into bubbles of "eggs" on the surface. A symbolic ending of apocalypse and... Read More