This is a masterpiece creation supported by top-notch staff. The screenplay was written by Tanigawa Shuntaro, one of Japan's most popular poets; the animation production was directed by Ichikawa Kon, Japan's master of motion in film; the theme music was written by major French composer Michel Legrand, and costumes were designed by Koshino Junko. The animated Phoenix and other characters were intertwined into the camera-shot scenes, and Tezuka Osamu was the executive director of animation.
Original Story: Tezuka Osamu Executive Producers: Ichikawa Kon, Murai Kunihiko Director: Ichikawa Kon Screenplay: Tanigawa Shuntaro Theme music: Michel Legrand Music: Fukamachi Jun Costume Design: Koshino Junko Animation Production: Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd. Executive Director of Animation: Tezuka Osamu Animation Rendition: Suzuki Shinichi Original picture: Katsui Chikao, Nakamura Kazuko, Kobayashi Junji, Miwa Koki, Akabori Kanji, Yagi Masaru, Iwasaki Haruhiko Motion picture: Watanabe Yoshiko, Saruyama Jiro, and Sekino Ikuko Finish: Takahashi Tomiko Art Settings: Akashi Teiichi Special Effects: Hashizume Tomoji Production Chief: Yamamoto Satoshi
Released at Toho-affiliated theaters / 138 minutes / In color
Toho / Hinotori Pro / August 19, 1978