THE WINGS OF HONNEAMISE
Robert Matthews, Melody Lee, Stevie Beeline, Lee Stone, Arnie Hanks, Alfred Thor
1987, 120 Minutes, Directed by: Hiroyuki Yamaga
Low-key "anime" (Japanese
animation) film about the first attempts at manned space flight on a planet very similar
to Earth. Or let me rephrase that: it rather seems to be set in an alternative universe in
which World War II was never fought and the Japanese Empire still exists (uneasily) along
with America. The Wings of Honneamise is weird stuff. Almost as if Ingmar Bergman
decided to direct animated movies.
Anime? While it is big in
Japan, it is often very difficult to come by elsewhere. In Japan animated movies aren't
merely a medium for family fare, but often for comedy, adult drama and erotica.
As you might have gathered
by now, this isn't exactly Disney. There are a few scenes in the film that would never
have made it into any Disney movie - like an attempted rape and some graphic violence.
Also, the film's offbeat (yet interesting) visual sense makes it all the more watchable.
Because of this, Wings of Honneamise is recommended for adult animation fans.
if you have never watched any anime before and are interested, then Wings of
Honneamise is a good place to start. Incidentally, it is one of the few anime films to have been
released theatrically in the States.
Sci-Fi Movie Page Pick: Great animation but not really for
kids. Want to check out anime - or rather Japanese animated movies? Then this is the place to
start . . . Stark, surreal, at times violent - Wings of Honneamise isn't quite