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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Yuka Imoto
Kei Kobayashi
Kouki Okada.
Directors
Rintaro.
Screenwriters
Katsuhiro Otomo.
Running Time
97 minutes

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Metropolis
Teeming with ideas, but lacking focus this is an anime Reworking of Osamu Tezuka's comic-book homage to Fritz Lang's Metropolis


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Plot
Duke Red's attempt to use Tima (a robotic doppelgõnger of his dead daughter) to figurehead his bid for world domination.


Review
Back in 1949, the godfather of manga, Osamu Tezuka, published a comic-book homage to Fritz Lang's 1927 masterpiece, Metropolis. Sadly, this anime reworking owes more to Blade Runner than the original concept, while the CGI pyrotechnics sit uncomfortably with the more traditionalist Gothic artwork and a jaunty jazz score.

What makes this all the more disappointing is the fact that it has been scripted by Katsuhiro Otomo (the force behind Akira) and directed by Rintaro, who made anime a staple of Japanese childhood when he adapted another Tezuka creation, Astro Boy, for television in the 1960s. Teeming with ideas, but lacking focus, the story of Duke Red's attempt to use Tima (a robotic doppelgõnger of his dead daughter) to figurehead his bid for world domination begins in confusion and ends in chaos.

Anime legend Rintaro's re-working of Fritz Langís 1926 classic is a hugely ambitious project. With a script by Akira creator Katzuhiro Otomo, it's suitably epic in its vision, but has some trouble holding the whole story together due to the large cast of characters. For the stunning visuals alone it's a must-see for anime fans.


Verdict
Far from being a complete film it's nods to a host of films, from Dr. Zhivago to Blade Runner, make it simply one of the most beautiful animated films ever produced.


Reviewed by Patrick Peters


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Cateir de Pheniox

It is understandable for Empire to state that the animation here was quite weak but otherwise the film had quite a good story. the story was well told well maintained with an elegant feel to it that did nt bite off more than it could chew, however it became disappointing at the very end where I felt that it simply became too clieche ... More

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Metropolis

In few words... this movie is a fair excuse to have great animation. Absolutely nothing like the other great anime's (spirited away, ghost in the shell). has a very simple plot, the 'im going to take over the world' idea has been done many times. in a nutshell... the fabulous animation is no excuse to make such a simple movie although this is quite entertaining and is an o.k watch but seems like a little movie compared to all the bigger and better movies. but there is no detail or emo... More

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