Angel’s Egg (Tenshi no tamago) – Movie Review
A mysterious young girl wanders a desolate, otherworldly landscape, carrying a large egg.
Angel’s Egg reminds me of a film I would’ve scrolled passed on the Sci-Fi Channel back in the 90s at 3am, and gotten unexpectedly entranced by. It feels like a drug-induced trip of psychedelic imagery while also being relentlessly meaningful. The deceptively simple story is as follows: A young girl roams a wasteland that resembles post-apocalyptic Earth. She carries with her an egg that we learn she’s very protective of. She meets a man who joins her on this journey, who may be friend or foe. This plot is decidedly free of conventional drama, character troupes, or really anything we’ve come to expect from traditional filmmaking, let alone anime.
I think Angel’s Egg is an undisputed masterpiece. There’s not a single film like it in live-action, and certainly not in animation. It’s a film so ambitious and unconventional that nearly any interpretation can be considered correct. There’s really no right or wrong answers here. Oshii has clearly made a film steeped in heavy themes and imagery that’s meant to impact everyone differently.
(See the above video review for a more in-depth discussion – Coming Soon)
Directed by: Mamoru Oshii
Starring: Mako Hyôdô, Jinpachi Nezu
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Run Time: 71 min