Patlabor - The Mobile Police 1

Patlabor - The Mobile Police 1

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Director: Mamoru Oshii

Cast: Mamoru Oshii, Shigeru Chiba, Toshio Furukawa

     
 

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Giant robots are a perennial facet of Japanese animation; although Patlabor is no exception, it is more of a mystery or a conspiracy thriller than an all-out science fiction adventure. The title of this animated Japanese feature refers to a special police unit assigned to patrol the use of giant robots, or "labors." When the robotic laborers used in industry

Overview

Giant robots are a perennial facet of Japanese animation; although Patlabor is no exception, it is more of a mystery or a conspiracy thriller than an all-out science fiction adventure. The title of this animated Japanese feature refers to a special police unit assigned to patrol the use of giant robots, or "labors." When the robotic laborers used in industry begin to go on unexplained rampages, Captain Goto of the Patlabor division must investigate; an upgrade in the labor software called the Babylon Project seems to be at the heart of the mystery. Although audiences are rewarded at the end by an exciting battle sequence, the subtle story reveals the influence of cyberpunk and Blade Runner noir on the Japanese animated cinema.

Editorial Reviews

Animerica - Mark Simmons
Patlabor 1 strikes a good balance between spinning a movie-scale epic plot and showcasing the lovable cast members.... [The film] gets by splendidly with ingenious sleuthing and entertaining character interplay, all set against the background of a near-future world that only grows more plausible with each passing year.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2006
UPC:
0858604001004
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:39:00

Special Features

Disc 1:; Japanese trailers and television commercials; Disc 2:; "The Making of Patlabor The Movie" (Japanese language with English subtitles); Book 1: Archives (184 pages, 4 color and black & white in English) Exposition and criticism of the film (character, story background, artwork, etc.); Interviews with director Mamoru Oshii, screenwriter Kazunori Ito, mecha designer Yutaka Izubuchi, character designer Akemi Takada and music composer Kenji Kawai; Key animation drawing samples with explanatory notes * And more!; Book 2: Storyboard by Mamoru Oshii (300 pages with English translations)

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Patlabor: The Movie - The Film
1. Hoba's Suicide [1:03]
2. Main Title [4:18]
3. The Babylon Project [2:25]
4. The Type Zero [4:14]
5. The Runaway Tyrant 2000 [9:02]
6. Det. Matsui Begins His Investigation [1:07]
7. The Suspicion Against Hoba [6:48]
8. BABEL [5:04]
9. The Traces of Hoba [4:48]
10. Noa's Tomato [2:12]
11. Howling Winds [4:16]
12. The Trigger [2:11]
13. Return of Shige [5:50]
14. Matsui and Gotoh [4:07]
15. Gotoh and Shinobu [2:39]
16. 40 M/Sec. Winds [4:30]
17. Tokyo Metropolitan Police Leadership Conference [3:49]
18. Enter Kanuka [1:56]
19. To the Ark [2:57]
20. Defeating the Guard Robots [2:31]
21. The Ark Control Room [2:20]
22. HOS Cracked [1:09]
23. Deconstruction of the Ark [2:47]
24. Booting Up the Type Zero [2:06]
25. The Birds [:42]
26. The Main Computer Infected [1:27]
27. The Type Zero Goes Berzerk [1:07]
28. Centralized Detcord Network [2:46]
29. Noa Versus the Type Zero [8:30]

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Patlabor - The Mobile Police 1 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not quite Robotech or Macross, but still awesome anime. Those Manga folks know their stuff. I can't wait for the other movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Patlabor 1 has action tempered with suspence tempered with characters we care about and above all, a truly believeable storyline. The robot action is awesome. The case is interesting. The solution is entertaining. The characters fit all over the behavioral spectrum. I adored Capt. Goto, and wish I could work for a guy like that. But they were all great: Shige and Noah were my faves. But the story did that to me. Heck, I even started to like the Trigger-happy Ota after a viewing or two. Gotta love the nutcases. For those just getting into anime, or those that enjoy thought provoking films, this is a good view that will make you watch it (and its sequels) over and over again.