Metropolis
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Metropolis

4.5 11
Director: Rintaro

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

     
 
For years the crowning achievement of Japanese animé films was Akira. And while that spectacular mix of sound and vision is still a landmark cinematic experience, you can safely add Metropolis to the list of all-time great animation films. As with Akira, the plot is sometimes a bit too serpentine for animation fans who are used to a more

Overview

For years the crowning achievement of Japanese animé films was Akira. And while that spectacular mix of sound and vision is still a landmark cinematic experience, you can safely add Metropolis to the list of all-time great animation films. As with Akira, the plot is sometimes a bit too serpentine for animation fans who are used to a more kid-friendly approach. But for those with a more adventurous spirit, Metropolis should more than satisfy. Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment's two-disc set is fantastic and should more than please fans of the film. The feature is offered in a letterboxed (1.85:1 enhanced) format and has been given both Japanese language 5.1 and DTS soundtracks, as well as an English language 5.1 option. Although the Japanese language option is definitely the way to go, the English-dubbed track is recorded with skill and is acceptable for those of you who don't want to miss any of the spectacular animation while reading subtitles. Theatrical trailers are also included on the disc. Disc two contains the meat of the special features, giving one access to a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the making of the film, exclusive interviews with the filmmakers, multiple angle storyboard-to-film comparisons, a great art gallery, and much more. It should be noted that disc two comes as a mini-sized DVD. So don't worry, the disc didn't magically shrink.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
An all-star anime team conjures an urban dystopia with world-class visual pyrotechnics in the anime feature Metropolis. Directed by Rintaro (X), based on the 1945 comic book by the legendary Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy), and written for the screen by anime legend Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira), Metropolis is a free-form riff on imagery and themes from Fritz Lang's silent classic of the same name. To the strains of bouncy Dixieland jazz, the complex plot involves a power struggle for control of the city Metropolis and a young boy's attempt to protect a robot girl who is the proverbial key to the city's Babel-esque tower. The tower is Metropolis's architectural pride and joy, and a doomsday weapon to boot. As in the vertically stratified mega-city of Lang's 1927 silent, the aboveground life of fantasy and privilege in this city of the future conceals subterranean levels of poverty and hard labor. This juxtaposition overlaps with the familiar anime theme of man vs. machine, which plays out with shades of the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner. There are too many influences and homages fueling Metropolis to list; but suffice to say that the film's multilayered, multicultural, and multireferential texture forms a dazzling pastiche. It's all realized in a state-of-the-art blend of conventional and computer-generated animation, with a kinetically breathtaking and eye-ravishing attention to futuristic details. The juxtaposition of various styles and genres makes the film unique, a fact driven home in the apocalyptic climax, set with knockout-punch irony to the music of Ray Charles. The result transcends mere allegory to induce a psychedelic overload of metaphor that's guaranteed to both daze and dazzle.
All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
The gulf between backdrop and foreground never seems so large as in Metropolis. Imagine a comic strip that features the characters from Family Circus dropped into the bleak urbanscapes of Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer, and you have some idea of what this film looks like. Even the villains in Metropolis don't come off as particularly menacing-looking; Duke Red, the builder of the Tower of Babel-like Ziggurat, is just a little less cuddly than the good guy detective and his nephew. Boldly titling your work (as source comic artist Osamu Tezuka did) after an iconic film is asking for trouble. While the rendering of this metropolis is in many ways, thanks to 70 years of cinematic technology, even more jaw-dropping than that in Fritz Lang's original, the characters, especially that of the robot Tima, can't be taken as seriously as Maria (both the real one and the "false" one) and Professor Rottwang. The filmmakers try very hard to dramatize the aching love that Ken-Ichi, the nephew of the detective, feels for Tima, but ultimately, their relationship comes off as something out of a bad early John Hughes movie. Nevertheless, Metropolis has to be seen, because director Rintaro and his production team have crafted a visual masterpiece not without its moments of wit, though the use of Ray Charles' "I Can't Stop Loving You" seems more than a little jarring, if not totally obvious.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

If you have never seen a Japanese anime, start here. If you love them, Metropolis proves you are right.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/2002
UPC:
0043396077966
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:48:00

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Theatrical trailers; "Animax Special: The Making of Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis"; Exclusive filmmaker interviews; Multi-angle animation comparisons; History of Osamu Tezuka's "Metropolis" comic book; Biography of Osamu Tezuka and Rintaro; Conceptual art gallery

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Metropolis
1. Chapter 1 [1:27]
2. Chapter 2 [4:25]
3. Chapter 3 [1:33]
4. Chapter 4 [1:22]
5. Chapter 5 [3:32]
6. Chapter 6 [1:15]
7. Chapter 7 [:41]
8. Chapter 8 [1:47]
9. Chapter 9 [5:09]
10. Chapter 10 [8:46]
11. Chapter 11 [1:47]
12. Chapter 12 [4:25]
13. Chapter 13 [3:36]
14. Chapter 14 [2:45]
15. Chapter 15 [2:08]
16. Chapter 16 [3:39]
17. Chapter 17 [2:48]
18. Chapter 18 [2:08]
19. Chapter 19 [2:33]
20. Chapter 20 [2:57]
21. Chapter 21 [:15]
22. Chapter 22 [1:42]
23. Chapter 23 [2:04]
24. Chapter 24 [6:52]
25. Chapter 25 [6:17]
26. Chapter 26 [5:38]
27. Chapter 27 [4:31]
28. Chapter 28 [1:32]
29. Chapter 29 [7:59]
30. Chapter 30 [4:17]
31. Chapter 31 [8:33]

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Metropolis 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Metropolis'' is the perfect example of a movie with more bone than meat. I watched it because it was directed by Rintaro of ''X'' fame and written by Katsuhiro Otomo of the brilliant ''Akira''. I don't say this often about such big names, but this movie stunk. It was slow paced and badly animated, or as my brother put it: ''it looks like Disney animation!'' ''Metropolis'' could've been a smash success if the character design wasn't so annoying and the animation was better thought out. Most of the funding by Tri-Star went into badly done Computer Generated animation that looks like it was done in a week. The lighting through the movie is a major problem; the characters look flat and dark compared to their bright and shiny surroundings and many of the antagonists' characters are too cartoony to be evil. The story, however was exceedingly well crafted and looks very good on paper (manga to be precise). This movie suffers from having too much money and not enough brains to know what to do with it. Some of the scenes are well thought out and executed, but who can concentrate on the story when the characters look as if they're the fat cousins of Yu-Gi-Oh?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This japenese anime revival of a classic science fiction has action, bright graphics, and most of all, heart. It also has a very excellent soundtrack.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say that if any body has to see a Japanese animated movie, it has got to be Metropolis. Although I must say alot of the footage I have seen in other movies before, I still think it has alot of great scenes and is a perfect movie for anybody who likes a bit of voilence and a strong theme. The way the characters are portrayed and the way the hidden passion is shown among Kenichi(the boy who comes with his detective uncle to find the missing Dr. Lawton) and the human cyborg girl called Tema. I must say it is a very touching story and really made me feel as if the world is just destroying love, not making more. Well, love is not the only thing that is shown in this story. The way the technology is shown is amazing, considering that it was written in 1949 and feels like 2300. Overall I give it 5 because have never seen a movie this powerful ever before. It made me wonder why is the world like this it all. After seeing this, I am now a completely different person. I used to love action and adventure but now I seem to have lost its passion and now I like Metropolis better. I would recomend it to anybody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Metropolis'' is something that EVERY japanese anime fan should see, and even some people who aren't fans of the genre. A lot of people say the story is ''overdone'', but I'm of the opinion that if it's a GOOD story, it won't matter how many times you hear it, you'll love it every time. What I loved most about the movie was the conflict with Tima about her identity. Most people have complained that it's not really resolved, but I felt that's another reason the movie was good: it lets YOU make the decision as to what makes a thing a living organism. Also, the music for this movie was both excellent AND important to the story. If you truly watch the movie, you know why Ray Charles' ''I Can't Stop Loving You'' rocks! In closing, I'll say this one more time: BUY THIS MOVIE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the movie alot. The only thing is that it toched me so deep. It was like I was there sharing Kenichi's feelings. I wish they had put an alternate ending on the DVD, were the girl survives. Tima was the one who died and was my favorite charector. Why did they have Tima die at the end?-if you know why please send me an email.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Be prepared for the next anime classic since Akira. Directed by Rintaro(X,Galaxy Express 999, and Astro Boy.) and written by Katsuhiro Otomo(Akira and Roujin Z) comes a story based on a manga by the godfather of anime Osamu Tezuka(Astro Boy,Pheonix,and Astro Boy.) A boy named Kenici and his uncle, who happens to be a detective, visit the city of Metropolis to investigate a crime which was caused by a mad scientist named Dr. Laughton. But What they don't realize is that Duke Red, the man that created Metropolis, hired Laughton to build a robot named Tima, who happens to be the model after Duke Red's dead daughter. But Rock, who happens to be the adopted son of Duke, is jealous and tries to kill Tima. Later, after Laughton's lab is destroyed be Rock, Kenichi happens to run into Tima when he and his uncle splitted up to find Laughton. In atempped to save Tima's life, Kenichi gets seperated from his uncle. And so the adventure begins with georgeous animation from Madhouse studio. Be prepared for a new classic with a mixture of cel and Digital animation. It will amaze you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Metropolis is the country of the future. With its great technology and adventure, this is an anime movie you don't wanna miss.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Rintaro and Otomo really outdone their selves by resurecting Tezuka's manga and putting it into a movie. It was a lot diferent from the manga, it was better. It's a perfect combo: Tesuka's story Otomo's screenplay, and Rintaro's directing. This film is deffinently up in the rankings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unlike many people who saw this film,I did not think the technical aspects of "Metropolis" overwhelmed the storyline. Being familiar with Osama Tezuka's original cartoon, I would say that Tezuka-san would be proud of what the animators did here. There are moments in this film that are breathtaking - emotionally breathtaking. The film takes you into a completely different world and some images will haunt you forever. For me, the coils of machinery lurching inexorably to absorb the robot girl is one of the great sinister images in animation. There are bleak images in this film superbly counterpointing emotional moments in the plot. Some people thought there was a clash between Tezuka's broad stylizations and the more complex animation here - I think of it more as a dialectical tension. Call me a softie, but the end of this film brings tears to my eyes. This should be required viewing at animation schools. Watch and wonder....
Queengeek More than 1 year ago
I'm not a huge anime buff, but movies like METROPOLIS just might convert me. It's exciting and visually stunning; the plot is cool, too.
Kurtboard More than 1 year ago
From the previews I was tempted by the animation to pick this one up. The animation is very busy; by this I mean you will be watching the main action but all throughout the peripheral view there are little things going on. The animators certainly tried to bring the city of Metropolis alive. At first it was a little distracting, but once you get into the movie it isn't so bad. The story was kind of odd, but nothing to convoluted. Overall I don't regret purchasing it; the movie is worth watching a couple times. However for my tastes I wouldn't call it a great movie; the characters didn't quite draw me in and the story was a bit weird.