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Rail of the Star - A True Story of Children and War (movie)

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Alternative title:
O-Hoshisama no Rail (Japanese)
مسرح الحياة (Arabic)
お星さまのレール (Japanese)
Genres: drama
Plot Summary: A young Japanese actress remembers her war childhood in Korea. Her father goes to fight, her baby sister Miko dies of typhoid, her beloved Korean maid Ohana is fired due to a mistake which could cost Chiko her life... By and by Chiko realizes that the country is being ruled by the Japanese and the Koreans are persecuted. When the war ends, the Koreans chase the Japanese rule and the roles change. Now Chiko's family is unwanted. But then the Russians come and this is the end. They have to burn all the pictures to avoid all suspicions... even Miko's picture. But when the Russians come to their house, they decide to flee over the 38th Parallel towards freedom. A group of men, women, children struggles along the mountains, led by the light of the Northern Star. Along the way they meet a Korean man, who is willing to help them to escape the Russian soldiers although his family was killed by the Japanese.
User Ratings: 51 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 4 votes (sub:2, dub:1, others:1
1 Arabic dubbed
 Excellent: 3 votes (dub:2, sub:1)
 Very good: 8 votes (sub:7, dub:1)
 Good: 15 votes (sub:13, dub:1, others:1
1 Spanish dubbed
 Decent: 12 votes (sub:12)
 So-so: 4 votes (sub:2, ?:1, others:1
1 Spanish dubbed
 Not really good: 3 votes (sub:3)
 Weak: 2 votes (sub:1, dub:1)
 Bad: -
 Awful: -
 Worst ever: -
Seen in part or in whole by 96 users, rank: #5273 (of 9596)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 6.784 (Good−), std. dev.: 1.6605, rank: #4711 (of 9719)
Weighted mean: 6.783 (Good−), rank: #4596 (of 9719) (seen all: 6.78)
Bayesian estimate: 6.933 (Good), rank: #3669 (of 7298)
Running time: 79 minutes
Vintage: 1993
Premiere date:
1993-07-10 (Japan)
Release dates: We have 1
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    Rail of the Star (Dub.VHS) 1998-11-11
    Rail of the Star (Sub.VHS) 1998-11-11

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Toshio Hirata
Unit Director: Satoru Namekawa
Character Design: Yoshinori Kanemori
Art Director: Yūji Ikeda
Animation Director: Katsunori Kimizuka
Original Novel: Chitose Kobayashi
Sound Director: Susumu Aketagawa
Director of Photography: Hitoshi Yamaguchi
Background Art:
Emiko Koizumi (Atelier BWCA)
Hideaki Kudo (Studio Wyeth)
Hirofumi Shiraishi (Atelier BWCA)
Hitoshi Nagasaki (Studio Wyeth)
Mariko Toyama (Studio Take One)
Masako Okada (Madhouse)
Naruyo Kiriyama (Madhouse)
Noriko Kaneko (Atelier BWCA)
Sachiko Kato (Madhouse)
Seon Geun Han (Madhouse)
Shigenori Takada (Studio Wyeth)
Shinichi Uehara (Madhouse)
Shinobu Takahashi (Studio Wyeth)
Tomoko Sasaki (Studio Take One)
Toshiyuki Yoshimura (Atelier BWCA)
Yasunari Usuda (Atelier BWCA)
Youngil Park (Madhouse)
Yuka Okamoto (Atelier BWCA)
Yuko Fujie (Studio Take One)
Yūko Kobayashi (Studio Wyeth)
Color design: Osamu Mikasa
Color setting: Masahiko Tamaru
Coordination: Masaaki Kubota (T&K Telefilm)
Planning: Kisuke Shikamoto
Production Advancement:
Michiyo Hattori
Noritomo Yoshioka
Production Design: Masao Maruyama
Recording: Kunio Andō (Aoi Studio)
Sound Effects: Shizuo Kurahashi (Sound Box)
Sound Production: Takeshi Takadera (Magic Capsule)
Special Effects: Kunji Tanifuji
Supervision: Mamoru Takeuchi
Theme Song Arrangement: Yasuo Higuchi
Theme Song Composition: Kōichi Sakata
Theme Song Lyrics: Tokiko Iwatani
Theme Song Performance: Hiromi Iwasaki
Titles: Hidetaka Ushio
Yoshino Takamori as Chitose Kobayashi (Chiko)

Chika Sakamoto as Michiyo Kobayashi (Miko)
Hideyuki Tanaka as Kazuhiko Kobayashi
Keiko Han as Masuko Kobayashi
Kenichi Ogata as Takeshi
Reiko Suzuki as Shigeko
Tomoko Maruo as Ohana
Yuka Ōno as Yōko

Chafūrin as Village Chief
Eiji Itō as Station Staff
Hideyuki Umezu as Hayashi
Issei Miyazaki as Yong-Il
Johnny Nomura as Officer
Junji Kitajima as Guide
Kōji Ishii as Interpreter
Michiko Neya as Hatsue
Shinpachi Tsuji as Sano
Yuuko Sumitomo as Yukiko
Japanese companies
Animation Production: Madhouse
Film Developing: Tokyo Laboratory
In-Between Animation: Shanghai Chaoyang Animation
Music Production: Sakata Music Office
Music Studio: AVACO Creative Studios
Production: TV Tokyo
Publicity: Major, Inc.
Publicity Assistance: N&N
Recording Studio: Aoi Studio
Released by: JVC
Sound Effects: Sound Box
Sound Production: Magic Capsule
English cast
English staff
Director: Gary Dehan
Script: Gary Dehan
Project Translator: Kuni Kimura
Executive producer: John Ledford
Producer: Gary Dehan

Audio Mixing: Paul Killam
International Coordination: Toru Iwakami
Logo Design: Andy Orjuela
Packaging Design: Andy Orjuela
Production Coordination: Janice Williams
Production Engineer: Dan Rockwell (Subbed VHS)
Production Intern: Nancy Semin
Sound Design: Paul Killam
Sound Engineer: Charles Campbell
Subtitle Script: Janice Williams
Voice Stunt Director: Charles Campbell
Catherine Glynn as Chitose

Amy McAndrew as Aunt Yohko
Bill Wise as
Korean Sergeant
Mad boy 2
Charles Campbell as
Heijou Neighbor
Russian Cook
Christopher Shea as Kazuhiko
David Kroll as
Mad Boy
Diane Perella as Masuko
Gary Dehan as Heijou Guide
Glen Zoch as Takeshi
Jackie Belvin as Ohana
James Elliot as
Kaiush Guide
Yon Il
Karen Aroian as
Little Girl
Laura House as
Little Girl 2
Patricia Goldwater as Shigeko
English companies
Distributor: ADV Films (UK)
Licensed by:
ADV Films (Expired)
Recording Studio: Monster Island
Spanish staff
Spanish companies
Broadcaster: Locomotion (Latin America)
Distributor: Xystus (Latin America)
Licensed by: Xystus (expired)
Spanish cast

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