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Cat Soup [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Tatsuo Sato    DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Tatsuo Sato
  • Writers: Tatsuo Sato, Masaaki Yuasa, Nekojiru
  • Producers: Atsushi Moriyama, Masaaki Yuasa
  • Format: Animated, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Software Sculptures
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 34 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000ACP44
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,742 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars expect nothing and enjoy everything 12 Nov 2007
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this is surely one of those one off films that really makes you gape in admiration for the animator's vision.
they weren't put off by what the general public want from an animation (to be funny) or an anime (to be action orientated generally) and comes closer to something found on the internet late at night.
if only more films like this existed, albeit for a rather open minded audience (i only bought this after overhearing its cult status from a friend), this captures the imagination and twists our perception of what should be in a film, which is nice.
recommended for viewers who appreciate mad fantasy films like "brazil", "spirited away", "donnie darko" and "a scanner darkly" to name a few gems.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy - It's Cool For Cats 1 May 2010
A very short (33mins) mind bending anime masterpiece about a cat that travels to the land of the dead to retrieve his sisters soul so she can live again but only manages to prize half of her spirit away from the android space monkey. His sister's now alive but brain dead, so they both go on a mission to find the remaining part of her soul to make her whole again. The two furry felines then go on a magical adventure packed full of surreal images that make Pink Floyd's The Wall look like Disney. The creepy score with bizarre sound effects really add a great deal to the trippy viewing experience. So, if you want to see an anime that features two cats successfully crossing the desert by digging out a water elephant from beneath the sand, jumping through said animals arse and swimming in its stomach to reach their next hallucination, amongst other startling images full of endearing wonder and brutal savagery, then this is where you'll find the craziness. Hoo-rah for creativity.


The author would like to assure all readers that no animals were harmed, or humiliated, whilst writing this review.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trippy Movie 30 Jun 2004
When little kitten Nyaako's soul is stolen by Death, she and her brother Nyatta embark on a bizarre journey to get it back. In the surreal dreamscape of the Other Side, they encounter odd characters and remarkable, often disturbing adventures. From a hallucinatory sea voyage to a rambunctious carnival, the two kittens travel far from home and discover how strange and miraculous the world can be.
Defenetly feels like your on a trip.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Um... Yeah... But... Um... Huh? 24 Jan 2006
By Antonio D. Paolucci - Published on
The title for this review will probably be your first reaction upon seeing this short film. Though considered Japanese animation, little in it looks like it. The story itself plays out silently, accompanied by music and squeaks from the characters. In truth very little in this movie makes any sense. One way to describe it is: If Stanley Kubrick made an animation, this might be it.

But it's still an excellent film. Cat Soup is about two kittens. One of the kittens, named Nyaaka, gets sick and has her soul removed by Death, but before all of the soul is removed, Nyatta, Nyaaka's brother, catches and breaks a piece of the soul, saving Nyaaka from death... barely. She becomes an emotionless creature with a dead look to her large eyes. So Nyatta decides to find his sister's soul. In his journey, he drags his near-dead sister to many places, from a bizarre circus to a tiny, dark river, with many strange, magical, and sometimes disturbing places in between.

The things that happen to the characters of this short seem almost random, giving the feeling of constant surprise to Cat Soup. Following the characters, you wonder where in the world they could get to next Just when you realize they are at their next destination you begin to want Nyatta and Nyaaka to move on. Danger meets them in every place they go, whether from a physical thing or from the weather. And then, of course, there is the scene where you see the namesake of the film...

When all put together, it makes for a surprisingly tense and entertaining piece of short animation. The problem with this movie is that it is easily misunderstood. Where one person believes its magical, another thinks its crap. All I can say is give it a try, rent it if possible, or buy it if you're a collector. I'm sure that if you watched it without a critical eye, you'll find your own measure of enjoyment from Cat Soup.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello Kitty as done by David Lynchisan! 2 April 2007
By Andreas M. Alvine - Published on
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As said by the other reviews this is an extraordinary pieces of media that defys convention. Imagine Hello Kitty done by the director of Eraserhead only David Lynch was Japanese. This piece is just that. As other people have accurately surmised there is a story in this but the basic story hides other metaphorical meanings and plot. The basic story is about a pair of young sibling cats and the older sister is dying of an illness. The brother gets into an argument with death and gets into a tug of war that tears her soul in half saving her from death but not completely. Then he takes his sister to get the other half of her soul back. The animation is filled with very powerful symbology. Although many concepts in the portrayal are very Japanese there is not a single spoken word in any of this movie. It will help a lot if you are familiar with Japanese culture to understand some of the symbology like the little bell and the flower that reoccurres. Other symbols transcend cultural barriers.


Look, this animation goes in the class of Fantasia, Eraserhead, Alegro non Troppa (Bruno Bozzetti), and Liquid TV (the only really inspired show MTV ever did but now look what we are left with. Is there no humanity in entertainment any more?) but there is some really strange violence in this animation and it is so surreally done that it will leave you answering a horrendous number of questions. Also this movie, like the afore mentioned Fantasia, are way over young heads and they would never understand any of it. Also keep in mind that many of the images have DEEP cultural meanings and some will not be as clear as others. It is all part of the story. This is SO classic Japanese story telling if I ever seen it. One thing about Japanese people is that they have an indirect way of saying things that many Americans don't catch. They are a people of subtlty and intricasy. It is important to pay attention to this animation because if watched twice you will find things you missed before. There is more to this story about a brother trying to save his sister's life. There is a 'universal order' story in this as well.

I was completely straight watching this but the other reviews calling Cat Soup 'Hello Kitty on Acid' were giving a good description of this movie. It is 34 minuets of great visuals and unusual sound and music. Do not come to this one with great expectations of Disney style animation. This is more like Hello Kitty done like Nausica to a Eraserhead like story of death and love. Now for those of the mind alternating persuasion, buy this, turn on, tune in, and drift away in a story that is told for the eyes and not the ears although the music and sound score that goes with this fit the scenes very well. This is a magic carpet ride into the surreal you are sure to enjoy. I got to say this is a must for any hard core animation and cinema collector. If you are into Japanese cinema (and I got a streak for it myself with a growing Akira Kurosawa collection (director of The Seven Samurai and Yojimbo) as well as Akira, Cowboy Bebop, Pom Poko and others in my collection) make sure this is one in your collection!!!!

If you do not appreciate Japanese cinema this might be over your head. If you like Eraserhead what are you waiting for if you have not seen this?!?! This is very surreal so be forewarned. Bad reviews on this one are usually by people who don't understand this genra of movie be it Japanese, British, Italian, or American and I can understand because taste is subjective and there is nothing wrong with not likeing a piece if there is real merit to one's dislikes. Don't let other reviews dissuade you from at least checking this one out and seeing if you like it. Cute never came off this wierd!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cat Soup turned my brain to soup 3 Oct 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Wow, that was all I could say after watching this! Possibly the best film to ever be imported, you can't even tell if the strange animations are you severely hallucinating or just the movie. The twists and turns and morphing creatures of this film are absolutely bazaar. I can't even explain how neccesary it is that any person who is a fan of film- anime or not- see this work. Spectacular!
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mature anime 15 Aug 2005
By Chapulina R - Published on
Insert "Hello Kitty" into "The Grateful Dead Movie" and you have an idea -- sort'a, kind'a -- of what a short, strange trip this film is! Two cute kitty siblings enter a limbo between life and death, while trying to recover one's soul. There they experience numerous bizarre, occasionally gory, disconnected adventures. There is little dialogue other than word balloons, and most seemingly nonsensical. But this is not merely acid-induced weirdness; there's a story in this imagery that will stick in your mind long after watching it. For those who like Japanese animation and "Cat Soup" in particular, I recommend finding tol's "Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space." "Tamala" features another cutie cat-girl, with a penchant for four-letter words, and a propensity toward violence and freaky adventures. Like "Cat Soup," "Tamala" has fantastic art and imagery; plus it boasts a mindblowing soundtrack.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite a Delectable Soup, Indeed 9 Nov 2003
By Marley - Published on
Wow. After seeing this on the back of my magazine cover, and hearing it described as "Hello Kitty" on acid, I decided to check it out. And all I can say is: WOW. It is a great short film, and very thought-provoking. Even after watching it several times, there are things I discover that I previously had missed. I would recommend this to anyone with an open-mind, a love for niche anime titles, or a strange sense of humor. I would not recommend it for children under the age of 14, however. Despite the cute cats on the cover, it is a tad bit bloody, and the youngun's probably wouldn't sit through this mature anime, anyway.
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