Cinema: Leiji Matsumoto retrospective, Albator creator honored at Musée Guimet

Published by Cécile de Sortiraparis · Photos by Cécile de Sortiraparis · Published on February 10th, 2024 at 05:30 p.m.
Prolific creator and absolute reference in the world of manga: Leiji Matsumoto is in the spotlight at the Musée Guimet. From February 22 to 25, 2024, take advantage of a retrospective to (re)discover the mangaka's emblematic films and series.

Here's a name that every child of the 1970s and 1980s knows: Albator, the space corsair, marked an entire generation. This Japanese anime character was born from the pen of Leiji Matsumoto, the famous mangaka and Japanese artist. One year after his death, the Musée Guimet decided to pay tribute to this much-loved mangaka.

A retrospective allows the general public to discover or rediscover Leiji Matsumoto's most popular creations. In the museum's auditorium, young and old alike can come and watch films and series episodes created by the mangaka. Albator is obviously on the program of this retrospective, but it's not the only one: you can also see other science-fiction works by Leiji Matsumoto, and films that inspired and influenced the director's universe.

From February 22 to 25, 2024, the Musée Guimet invites you to relive the highlights of your childhood, and share this culture with younger visitors. Here's the program in the auditorium.

On the program for this retrospective:

  • Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 8:00 pm
    Galaxy Express 999 (4K restored version for the first time in Paris)
    1979, 148min, vost
    Discover Galaxy Express 999, a mythical space train that links the Megalopolis to Andromeda. This journey is an adventure where each passenger, in search of his or her dreams, discovers the profound meaning of life. Among them, young Tetsuro, driven by a desire for revenge and the quest for a robotic body, embarks on an initiatory journey with Maetel, a mysterious companion.

  • Friday, February 23, 2024 at 8:00 pm
    Arcadia of my youth
    1984, 130min, vost
    Explore the twists and turns of time in Arcadia of My Youth, an animated film that weaves the story of Albator, the space corsair, and his forebears through different eras. At the heart of this tale, the meeting between Albator and Tochirô, the visionary engineer behind the Arcadia, an extraordinary ship, becomes the starting point of a revolt against the oppressive force of humanoids.

  • Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 8:00 pm
    Auditorium Interstella 5555: The Story of the Secret Star System
    2003, 68min
    A gigantic concert unleashes passions on a planet far from Earth. A group of masked gunmen, lurking in the wings, brutally interrupts the performance. The commando bursts onto the stage and kidnaps the four musicians. The idols of cosmic youth are secretly sent to Earth, at the mercy of an influential music producer. Their memories are erased, their physical appearance transformed, and it's under a new identity that the group soon establishes itself as one of the leading bands on the electronic music scene. A space pilot, in love with the singer, intends to do more than just make music. An ambitious project combining the music of Daft Punk and the graphic universe of Leiji Matsumoto.

  • Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 11:00 am
    Marianne de ma jeunesse
    1955, 105min, vf
    The film recounts the arrival of Vincent, a teenager returning from South America, in a boarding school divided between students called "wise men" and "brigands". His meeting with Marianne, a mysterious young girl held prisoner by her tutor, triggers an intense and tormented passion.

  • Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 2:00 pm
    Albator 78 and Albator 84, the animated series
    1978, 3 episodes of each series (3x20min), vf (Albator 78), then vost (Albator 84)
    Immerse yourself in the thrilling space adventure of Albator, the Japanese animated series that revolutionized the world of science fiction in 1978. Meet Albator, the legendary, charismatic and daring space corsair who has become Earth's last bastion against alien threats. At the helm of the mythical spaceship Arcadia and surrounded by his loyal crew, Albator crisscrosses the galaxies, bravely fighting against injustice.
    Intermission 15 min
    Albator 84, also known as Endless Orbit SSX, is the direct sequel to the film Arcadia of my Youth. Launched in 1982, the series continues the adventures of Captain Albator and his crew. In this chapter, Albator and his ship Arcadia battle the Humanoids (Illumidas), a domineering alien race, in an effort to free Earth from their tyrannical grip.

  • Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 7:00 pm
    Closing evening: round-table tribute followed by screening of Harlock: Space Pirate
    Round-table tribute: the work and legacy of Leiji Matsumoto, 90 min.
    Followed by : Harlock: Space Pirate
    2013, 115 min, vost (9pm)
    With the human race on the wane, some of its descendants decide to return to Earth, waging war against the Gaia congregation. Captain Albator is the only one who has not yet given up on this plan, and continues to recruit from the four corners of the galaxy.
    Admission at 9pm for screening only.

Reserve your tickets now! Get ready for a nostalgic journey into the world of Leiji Matsumoto. You can also take advantage of this retrospective to discover the currentexhibition at the Musée Guimet.

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Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From February 22th, 2024 to February 25th, 2024



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