Under a sky where the clouds make sound as they move
A mysterious young girl wanders a desolate, otherworldly landscape, carrying a large egg.
A mysterious young girl wanders a desolate, otherworldly landscape, carrying a large egg.
Tenshi no Tamago, Egg of God, Mystical Egg of the Angels, Яйцо ангела, L'œuf de l'ange
"Keep precious things inside you,
Or you will lose them."
Destruction of society through the insurmountable forces of our technological world. Gazing out at eternal darkness. Hope in the form of the birth of a savior. Living in a land that has become so separate from itself that it has transformed into somewhere foreign. Mother. A black and empty universe. Simultaneous beauty and evil. Hypnotic destruction. The cycle of life. The cycle of death. The rarity of true interaction between people. The numerous paths through life and beyond. Protection of things sacred to us. Love. Loss. Faith. A ripple effect. Fear of the unknown. Escaping loneliness. Hungry spirits. The song of the shadows. Identity. The land beneath the sea. Trust.…
If there can be no poetry after Auschwitz, there can be no faith after Hiroshima, in which mankind definitively proved its ability to create Revelation without the help of God. Oshii presents a world bleached by atomic fire, overcast in permanent nuclear winter and populated by leviathan skeletons forming building frames, diseased and aimless biomech weapons still marching in a war between long-dead sides, and shadows hunted by ghosts. Through it all are two humans, a girl who radiates frail survival from her wispy hair down the short length of her body but who fiercely guards an unhatched egg, and a cross-wielding boy who sees this possibility of new life amid all the death and can only think to destroy…
When I was younger, Final Fantasy 6 was my favorite thing in the world. Not just a favorite game. It was my favorite thing. It had everything I wanted: an engaging story, a lot of characters, an intriguing setting, empires and rebellions, magic, strong female leads, and apocalypse. My brothers and I grabbed up lots of extra stuff to go with the game, including the official strategy guide (as I recall, well after we'd beaten the game), which included portraiture by a man called Yoshitaka Amano. I so thoroughly etched those images in my mind that to this day, I can spot his artwork. When I first saw the cover image for this film, I knew he had a hand…
Oshii's most ambitious and metaphysical masterpiece has become, in my book, the best anime feature ever conceived and brought to life. Playing a haunting Gothic and postapocalyptic scenery, we see Bible allegories being interpreted through confused minds so that these entities can construct a coherent meaning to their environment. Shadows hunting (fish) shadows (Luke 5:10), angels being reborn and humanity contemplating its doomed destiny perhaps from eternal flames of darkness, waiting for an impossible, new Genesis, the intoxicating world that Tenshi no tamago creates goes beyond any reasonable description. A tremendous piece of art.
BELOW YOU WILL FIND A SPOILER-INFESTED, PERSONAL INTERPRETATION OF THE FILM.
I have a strong bias towards this film. It appeals to me in many…
The truth is, this is just a movie about a girl who really loves eggs and everyone is overanalyzing it
A quasi-religious allegory that uses theology not as the goal or even as a truth, but as a journey toward the discovery of self. The movie captures the unique fear and towering burden of the uncertainty that comes with the recent shirking of faith. Wildly ambitious and unconventional, it is a drug-induced trip of psychedelic imagery that is relentlessly permeated with meaningful symbolism. It is a film that can mean something different and personal to each viewer, and virtually any interpretation can be correct.
did i actually watch this or was i just dreaming?? honestly, idk what was going on (like i always do) but i surprisingly liked it
// i too have forgotten where i'm from. and maybe, i didn't know from the beginning where i am going. //
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angel's egg is a dark, dreamy haze of a vision that is bent and refracted through a lens of fragmentation and abstraction. it is beautifully woven together, and also beautiful to look at. it is a surrealist, garbled, wisps of air and light, angst-filled barren wasteland masterpiece that can't be fully explained, only felt. it's gorgeously haunting, abysmal, brooding and restless. there's a lot to be unpacked, and a lot can be said about what this film provokes, and what it means. perhaps it's about protecting…
"You have to break an egg to know what is inside" - man,
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This movie features the most blood-curdling scream in film history... yeah I said it.
In Angel's Egg a young girl guards an egg while walking through a desolate dreamland. She encounters a second wanderer that she journeys with who challenges some of the aspects of her deadfaced, blind dedication to the protection of the egg. What ensues is a mostly silent film that I might watch 100 times over the rest of my life because it is amazing.
The animation in this film is among my favorite I have ever seen. I love that it is all hand drawn and when you…
What a fascinating and beautiful film this was! Never before have I been this perplexed by an animated movie. On the surface, the plot is pretty straightforward, but there are several allegories to Christianity and distinct ways you can interpret the characters and the symbolism within the story. The animation is uniquely done, making you feel totally immersed in this bleak post-apocalyptic world. Also, I loved how the final shot referenced Solaris from Andrei Tarkovsky. The powerful score has a melancholic and operatic tone, being the perfect companion piece here. Angel’s Egg has a very slow pace and it’s a meditative journey so it can get a little exhausting at times. Still, this is an extremely profound film and a stunning work of art that needs to be experienced by more people.
This was simply gorgeous!
Mamoru Oshii's 'Angel's Egg' is very slow-paced and quite abstract. In a way it feels like Oshii scribbled a girl with an egg on a piece of paper, and wondered what to do next with her. Why does she carry that egg with her? Where does she come from and where does she go? I find it hard to put it into words, but what I try to say is that it feels like the "story" arose from the images; it's not a story, adapted to animation, but it feels really like the images were there before any meaning existed for them.
But what makes this film exceptionally special for me is that it feels weirdly…
i wanted to protect it, you wanted it to break. you wanted to crack it, bash it, vanquish lash it, just to see how long it'd take. take for it to bruise, you were only here to use. you followed, hollowed, tourniquet swallowed, you battered me in blues. in reds and pinks like poison. colors ultraviolet. in the skeleton graveyards of our love, it was deadly, oh so quiet. i asked you to be gentle, i asked you to be kind. i asked you to hold my heart so careful, so i could disappear and find. find myself today, find myself tomorrow. a thousand light years left to go, to wallow in the sorrow. planets out of tune, sunset august…
me while watching this :🥱🥱🥱😴
Do we all need to keep an angel's egg for our lives to be meaningful?
Probably the most beautiful animation ever produced.
Early work by the legendary Mamoru Oshii, Ange's Egg is not entirely successful as a film, but extremely affecting as a bleak mood piece and fractured mediation on the death of faith. There are images that are beautiful, haunting and unique, as well as some visual ideas Oshii would return to in later films, particularly his masterpiece Ghost in the Shell (1995). The major theme seems to be the smallness of man in comparison to the world, and how futile his actions are against time, the deluge and the darkness. There is music of the choral/liturgical type, but very little dialogue from the two characters we actually meet and then don't go expecting any characterisation. There's a lot of visual…
No idea what it means... fucking compels me though.
vaguely gnostic ethos with visual correspondences not transparent enough for me to get lost in its world. its intersections with religion and Romanticism typifies a lot of where anime would head in the next decade and giant shadow-tetra tickle my piscean affinities. it's very much my shit-adjacent but somehow comes up like so much scrambled tamago.
a movie to dissociate to
Sometimes you just want to watch a gorgeously made hand drawn animation about a little girl, her egg, a man with a cyberpunk walking stick, and some whalers hunting ghost shadow fish. It’s too bad this movie’s world is far more interesting than the story told within it. Otherwise it’d probably be considered a classic.
I watched it without subtitles, so I had no idea what anyone was saying, but it was still quite mesmerising. Very bizarre, quite unsettling, and a film that I will probably revisit in the future.
An unreal dystopia choking on Christian symbolism. Angels and fish. Pilgrims and fishermen. A flood, a dream, and a heavenly host. Angel’s Egg is evocative, puzzling, and, above all else, despairingly, hauntingly beautiful. Utterly captivating and eminently rewatchable.