Counter-Cul­tural Ap­pre­ci­a­tion

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and discs bury the ru­mor that an­i­ma­tion is just for kids. By Mercedes Mil­li­gan.

packed with sen­su­al­ity, vi­o­lence, oc­cultism and sen­so­rial de­lights (thanks to the ethe­real work of il­lus­tra­tor Kuni Fukai and com­poser Masahiko Sa­toh) laced with un­ex­pected out­breaks of hu­mor.

Re­stored from the hard-won orig­i­nal 35mm neg­a­tives and sound el­e­ments (in­clud­ing eight-plus min­utes of cut ma­te­rial), the film is part of Osamu Tezuka’s adult-tar­geted An­imerama Tril­ogy. Orig­i­nally re­leased in 1973 and hardly seen since, Bel­ladonna can now be yours — young sin­gle­ton named Taeko (voiced by Daisy Ri­d­ley) who, dur­ing a night­time train jour­ney to visit her coun­try re­la­tions, re­flects on her ear­lier life. A chance meet­ing with Toshio (Dev Pa­tel) at the sta­tion re­con­nects her to her heart’s yearn­ing.

In ad­di­tion to the clas­sic Stu­dio Ghi­bli bonuses (y’know, a few dropped jaws

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