Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku no Tobira (2001, JAP/USA) C-116m. ** D: Shinichirô Watanabe. Starring (the voices of) Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara, Aoi Tada, Ai Kobayashi. Big-screen adaptation of the popular 1998 TV series about the title character, a bounty hunter, who must track down a villain who intends to unleash a dangerous virus on the world come Halloween. Poorly paced, with little character depth, but stylish fight scenes and action sequences. For fans. This doesn't beat the LUPIN franchise, however. English title: COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE.

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