Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

September 1st, 2001


Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

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A terrorist explosion releases a deadly virus on the masses, and it's up the bounty-hunting Bebop crew to catch the cold-blooded culprit.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 7.7/10 (14,389 voted)

Critic's Score: 61/100

Director: Shinichirô Watanabe

Stars: Beau Billingslea, Melissa Fahn, Nicholas Guest

The year is 2071. Following a terrorist bombing, a deadly virus is released on the populace of Mars and the government has issued a 300 million woo-long reward, the largest bounty in history, for the capture of whoever is behind it. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop; Spike, Faye, Jet and Ed, take the case with hopes of cashing in the bounty. However, the mystery surrounding the man responsible, Vincent, goes deeper than they ever imagined, and they aren't the only ones hunting him. The original creators of the virus have dispatched Electra to deal with Vincent and take out anyone who may stumble on the truth behind him. As the hunt for the man with no past and no future continues to escalate, they begin to question what about the world is reality and what is a dream as the line between sanity and insanity becomes more apparent.

Writers: Marc Handler, Keiko Nobumoto

Steve Blum - Spike Spiegel (voice: English version) (as Steven Blum)
Kôichi Yamadera - Spike Spiegel (voice: Japanese version)
Beau Billingslea - Jet Black (voice: English version)
Unshô Ishizuka - Jet Black (voice: Japanese version)
Megumi Hayashibara - Faye Valentine (voice: Japanese version)
Wendee Lee - Faye Valentine (voice: English version)
Melissa Fahn - Edward (Ed) (voice: English version)
Aoi Tada - Edward (Ed) (voice: Japanese version)
Jennifer Hale - Electra (voice: English version)
Ai Kobayashi - Electra (voice: Japanese version)
Mickey Curtis - Rasheed (voice) (as Mikkî Kâchisu)
Nicholas Guest - Rasheed (voice: English version)
Tsutomu Isobe - Vincent (voice: Japanese version)
Daran Norris - Vincent Volaju (voice: English version)
J. Grant Albrecht - Hoffman (voice: English version) (as Grant J. Albrecht)

Taglines: They're here to save the planet. But not for free.


Official Website: Official site [Japan] | Sony Pictures |

Release Date: 1 September 2001

Opening Weekend: $234,429 (USA) (6 April 2003) (19 Screens)

Gross: $999,435 (USA) (13 July 2003)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku no tobira began production as soon as the final episode of Cowboy Bebop was aired in Japan.

Continuity: When Spike chases the Moroccan out of the shop, and is searching for him in the crowd, his jacket jumps about between shots.

Lee Samson: Twentieth century games are really nice. Games nowadays are getting boring. I'm more into old school games like this one. Back then, games like these were enough for everyone. It's the same with hackers. It was better when there were few. Then, even the smallest thing left you in the history books. Now, protection is tighter everywhere. Unless you do something really big, no one will know you. That's why I am grateful towards you, seriously. I always wanted to... try being a terrorist.
[a policeman stops the car. Lee loses the game]

User Review

an extended jam on an established theme, with improvisations

Rating: 9/10

I'll try to avoid echoing other comments here and cut straight to the chase: This is not perfect, but MAN it's so close. I had some trouble with the pacing, which seemed a bit slow to me--as if they weren't quite sure how to work with a feature-length timeframe; I'm still a bit hazy on just how the villain's threat was resolved, which I'm usually not after a CB episode; and gosh, *why* isn't "Tank!" on the soundtrack? Songs with words just don't cut it in a CB score. --But honestly, those seem like such small problems next to everything that's wonderful about this movie. It has all the stuff you love about Bebop the series: the brilliant, flashing action and fight sequences, the character interaction, Spike's nicotine jones =), the gorgeous cinematic visuals, and the dreamlike melancholy that underlies even the funniest moments. The villain, his grip on the fantasy/reality divide completely erased after a genetic experiment on Titan, makes a neat counterpoint to Spike, forever haunted by his dreams of the perfect future he once believed in. Jet's protective concern for his reckless teammates was never better painted than in a scene where he blusters about how much happier he was without any of them and couldn't care less where they are, only to pounce on the phone's first ring like a worried mom on date night. There's just a *little* more of Faye's skin for the fanboys (but only a very little bit more, honest! we're not talking topless here! x my heart!), Ed has a trick-or-treat encounter that would never make it to American TV, and even the Big Shot duo put in an appearance (despite having absolutely nothing to say).

It's not intended as a wrap-up or finale to CB the series; it occurs in between episodes and should be thought of that way, as an experimental episode both different from and similar to the original sessions. Kind of like an extended jam on an established theme, with improvisations, in the true bebop style.


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