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Metropolis

Metropolis

Yuka Imoto
Director: Rintaro Cast: Yuka Imoto
Yuka Imoto
, Keiji Kobayashi
Keiji Kobayashi
, Kouki Okada
Kouki Okada
Rintaro
Metropolis

Metropolis

Yuka Imoto
Director: Rintaro Cast: Yuka Imoto
Yuka Imoto
, Keiji Kobayashi
Keiji Kobayashi
, Kouki Okada
Kouki Okada
Rintaro

Blu-ray

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Overview

Playing like a candy-colored hybrid of Fritz Lang's film of the same name and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis borrows its plot liberally from numerous legendary sci-fi sources (despite the fact that the original Manga was released in 1945, certain cinematic aspects can't help but appearing overly familiar), all the while dazzling viewers on the same cutting-edge visual level as such animé classics as Akira and Ghost in the Shell. The common animé practice of combining amazingly rendered backdrops and more traditionally hand-drawn characters continues here, though with such nuances as beautifully flowing hair and soulfully expressive faces, it becomes obvious that painstaking detail was paid to making the characters both visually and emotionally involving. Though as expressive as some of the central characters may be, it's the elaborate tri-level industrial labyrinth that encompasses the world of Metropolis that forms the film's central character, and it is a kalidescopic animated marvel to behold. Director Rintaro's beautifully composed visual design is so awe-inspiringly colorful and complex, that from the opening frames, the viewer is fully absorbed in the environment, with plot and characterization almost coming as an afterthought. And that is precisely where the film's ultimately forgivable main weakness lies. In between scenes of wide-eyed, jaw-dropping visuals, the story of human and android tension set against the backdrop of a futuristic city borrows from so many sources that it borders on cliché. Thankfully, writer Tezuka's characters are given a depth and sense of purpose, that, while not altogether unconvincing or original, consistently connect with the viewer's sense of recognition and sympathy. Viewers will no doubt attest that Metropolis works almost flawlessly on a purely visual and asthetic level within the opening frames of the film. Thankfully, Tezuka's storytelling skills compliment that on a level that, while not entirely new or original, is at the very least genuinely sincere and thoughtful. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide


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Product Details

Release Date: 02/21/2017
UPC: 0043396488021
Original Release: 2001
Source: Sony Mod
Time: 1:47:00
Sales rank: 22,985

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Yuka Imoto Voice Only
Keiji Kobayashi Voice Only
Kouki Okada Voice Only
Jamieson Price Voice Only

Technical Credits
Rintaro Director
Shuichi Hirata Art Director
Toshiyuki Honda Score Composer
Katsuhiro Otomo Screenwriter

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