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Harlock: Space Pirate

6.41 h 51 min2014X-Ray12
Mankind is dying. Only one man can do anything about it, Space Captain Harlock, but the Gaia Coalition will stop at nothing to end him.
Shinji Aramaki
David MatrangaJessica BooneAdam Gibbs
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Joseph ChouYoshi IkezawaRei Kudo
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4.3 out of 5 stars

600 global ratings

  1. 63% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 11% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 5% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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A. S. HuntReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 August 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
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Whomever wrote this story needs to be barred from writing, and whoever wrote the screenplay likely needs to arrested for crimes against good pacing.

I'm not sure where to begin with its flaws. The protagonist is a dull, pretty nobody. The rest of the crew are murderous thugs who think nothing of chucking failed recruits to their deaths.

The Captain is a Dracula cosplayer who spends most of the film brooding in sullen, teenage silence, or flouncing around in his red overcoat/cape combo. The most sympathetic people, for the majority of the film, appear to be the ruthless tyranny who at least have motives that aren't murder, theft and edgelordery. The plot is effectively meaningless, with so many twists, reveals and superweapons and empty "gotchas" that the notional end of the story takes up half the movie, though it had petered out into meaninglessness long before that. Dialogue is largely glib and meaningless, save where it is woodenly expositing on the plot in wholesale.

A tip to various writers: only have one planet-killing superweapon in your writing. More than so just wears the viewer out.

The visuals are the only saving grace of the movie, with the ship designs basically being stolen wholesale from Warhammer 40,000, gothic insanity included. The fact this has managed to aggregate a 4 star rating hete is really quite frightening.
31 people found this helpful
Twisted_MentatReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 May 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
The definition of a "for fans" CG movie based on a classic (and esoteric) sci fi franchise.
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Fair waning
You will get dropped into the middle of a decades spanning classic sci-fi (1978 galaxy express 999) with zero explanations.The main theme is simple but the rest will make little to no sense for you.
I loved almost every moment of it and will be watching it again another day

for the uninitiated
Minimal character development beyond the one focal character (it's a coming of age story where a boy becomes aware of the wider universe)
under-explained setting & characters (the source lobves to play it mysterious)
broody atmosphere (borderline moping)
space ships of dubious scientific believability
battles where style trumps everything else
character designs that would set the many hued heads of outrage-merchants beyond their already limited emotional bursting point

the overall CG is crisp while having a slightly "moving rubber statue" effect to character animation, the mechanical side is almost flawless
the story beats are broadly nonsense (no less than 3 super-weapons deployed, not counting the main space ship which is itself a rule of cool powerhouse)
character motivations are broadly unexplained
the lip-synch is ~eeeh~, not much effort put in here
the voice dubbing is remarkably good, some may not like the choice of tones but it's up there with titan AE/ (not quite disney-ghibli but whose were poducts honed to perfection by a master then handed over to an at the time that company with near unlimited-money at the top of their game with a vast array of talent to-hand)
the movie setting is faithful to a remarkable amount of the source (I have seen about 2/3 of the total source, it can be hard work at times due to the age of the animations and deliberate mystery trumps exposition tone)
6 people found this helpful
LudoPVG (Healthcare product safety)Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 September 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nice animated Sci-fi and faithful to the old 1980's cartoon saga
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Randomly bumped into this.. I used to be waiting eagerly for every tuesday evening at 18.30 when I was a kid growing up in France in the 80' to watch the 20 mins episode of the adventures of "Albator" the French version of Harlock. This is a very good rendition and revival of the spirit of these. Yes the lip sync is a bit off at times, but overall it was a really nice movie to watch. Colourful action and dynamic throughout.
7 people found this helpful
WayneReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 May 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Total utter borefest
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I'm a huge fan of CGI films and the genre. However, I've never felt compelled to write a film review before until now. This movie is so utterly dull and slow moving. The character animation is very wooden and they completely lack character flare or charm. The plot and dialog crawls along at a snail's pace, even though the movie length is short, you soon yearn for this debacle to end.

Whilst watching the film I found my mind wondering onto more interesting activities like observing the progress of descaling the kettle rather what happens next.

2 people found this helpful
Nick JReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 September 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
I genuinely really enjoyed this!
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Reviews on this are all over the place but this film deserves at least 4 stars. The characters were great and what more can you expect from a Sci-Fi film to go all out above and beyond!

Seriously though if you like anime and Sci-Fi, I doubt you would be disappointed with this.
4 people found this helpful
PoohBearReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 September 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
What an excellent surprise
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Loved the graphics and the story, few little twists here and there. Really enjoyable.

If you like Final Fantasy you will enjoy this, reminded me of FF in game movies...
5 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 September 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Space pirate is cool but...
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After the whole movie - still no coherent idea why Gaia wants Earth destroyed ... plus 200 years and we have 500bn ppl.... on some unsustainable planets? How does that work?

Ezra is a low life.

Overall the movie was ok
One person found this helpful
RobertReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 April 2015
2.0 out of 5 stars
Just an expensive cash grab.
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Very disappointed, I preordered this hoping to watch a Japanese version on bluray but its only a dvd version thats included (considering the hefty price I would have expected it to be included on the bluray disc) Instead the bluray disc is just a shortened version of the film and only available in american dubbing. I've never had to return anything to Amazon before but this may just be the first. I am not a fan of american dubbing and certainly not a fan of cut versions of films... Just sad and disappointing really.
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