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Patlabor: The Movie -- A mysterious suicide and strange robot malfunctions are clues to a devastating sabotage plot that Special Vehicle Unit 2 must stop.
Patlabor: The Movie -- A mysterious suicide and strange robot malfunctions are clues to a devastating sabotage plot that Special Vehicle Unit 2 must stop.
Patlabor: The Movie -- A mysterious suicide and strange robot malfunctions are clues to a devastating sabotage plot that Special Vehicle Unit 2 must stop.


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Kazunori Itô (writer)
Masami Yûki (comic)
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15 July 1989 (Japan) See more »
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An intelligent manga movie that makes you wish the TV series was shown in Britain See more (16 total) »


  (in credits order)
Toshio Furukawa ... Asuma Shinohara (voice)
Mîna Tominaga ... Noa Izumi (voice)
Ryûnosuke Ôbayashi ... Kiichi Gotoh (voice)
Yoshiko Sakakibara ... Shinobu Nagumo (voice)
Yô Inoue ... Kanuka Clancy (voice)
Michihiro Ikemizu ... Isao Ohta (voice)
Issei Futamata ... Mikiyasu Shinshi (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shigeru Chiba ... Shigeo Shiba (voice)
William Dufris ... Kataoka (1995) (voice: English version) (as William Dufries)

Lisa Enochs ... Kanuka Clancy (2006) (voice: English version)
Doug Erholtz ... Asuma Shinohara (2006) (voice: English version)
Blain Fairman ... Sakaki (1995) (voice: English version) (as Blair Fairman)
Don Fellows ... Jitsuyama (1995) (voice: English version)
Michael Fitzpatrick ... Hiromi (1995) (voice: English version)

Briony Glassco ... Noa (1995) (voice: English version)
Edward Glen ... Shige (1995) (voice: English version)
Daisuke Gôri ... Hiromi Yamazaki (voice)
Megumi Hayashibara ... Weather Forecaster (voice)

Megan Hollingshead ... Shinobu Nagumo (2006) (voice: English version) (as Karen Thompson)
Tamsin Hollo ... Kanuka (1995) (voice: English version)
Sharon Holm ... Shinobu Nagumo (voice: English version)
David Jarvis ... Asuma (1995) (voice: English version)
Ron Lepaz ... Shinsi (1995) (voice: English version)
Peter Marinker ... Kiichi Goto (1995) (voice: English version)

Martin McDougall ... Ota (1995) (voice: English version)
C.J. Mills ... Yamazaki (2006) (voice: English version)
Tomomichi Nishimura ... Detective Matsui (voice)

Liam O'Brien ... Detective Kataoka (2006) (voice: English version)

Joe Ochman ... Mikiyasu Shinshi (2006) (voice: English version) (as Joey Lotsko)
Shinji Ogawa ... Fukushima (voice)

Sam Riegel ... Isao Oota / Noa Izumi (2006) (voice: English version) (as Sam Regal)
William Roberts ... Fukushima (1995) (voice: English version) (as Bill Roberts)
Osamu Saka ... Seitaro Sakaki (voice)

Roger Craig Smith ... Keiichi Gotoh (2006) (voice: English version) (as Roger C. Smith)
Julie Ann Taylor ... Noa Izumi (2006) (voice: English version)
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Directed by
Mamoru Oshii 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kazunori Itô  writer
Masami Yûki  comic

Produced by
Mitsuhisa Ishikawa .... line producer
Makoto Kubo .... producer
Taro Maki .... producer
Shin Unozawa .... producer
Original Music by
Kenji Kawai 
Cinematography by
Mitsunobu Yoshida 
Film Editing by
Kumi Hiishi 
Sachiko Miki 
Seiji Morita 
Masaki Sakamoto  (as Masanori Sakamoto)
Production Management
Fumitaka Ichino .... production manager
Ryuji Minoto .... production manager
Hisaaki Sakabe .... production manager
Akihira Yoshida .... production manager
Art Department
Masatsugu Arakawa .... color designer
Mamoru Chijima .... publicity art designer
Kyoko Daiki .... art designer
Tokuhiro Hirashiro .... art designer
Shuichi Hirata .... art designer
Toru Hishiyama .... art designer
Yoko Ichihara .... art designer
Nobutaka Ike .... art designer
Sayuri Ike .... color designer
Tatsuya Kushida .... art designer
Masahiro Mikami .... art designer
Hiroyuki Mitsumoto .... art designer
Yôji Nakaza .... art designer
Hiromasa Ogura .... art designer
Katsu Saka .... publicity art designer
Hiroaki Satô .... art designer
Yukihiro Shibutani .... art designer
Kenichi Takahashi .... art designer
Yusuke Takeda .... art designer
Yôji Takeshige .... art designer
Shin'ichi Tanimura .... art designer
Reiko Yoshida .... publicity art designer
Shin'ichi Yoshida .... publicity art designer
Sound Department
Nobuo Ishizaki .... recording director
Michiro Ito .... sound effects
Clive A. Mitchinson .... re-recording engineer: English version (as Clive Mitchison)
Mikio Mori .... sound mix technician
Shigeharu Zanba .... sound director
Special Effects by
Hideshi Inoue .... special effects coordinator
Masahiro Murakami .... special effects
Sumie Murakami .... special effects
Noriko Sawazaki .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Shigenori Baba .... photographer
Naoto Fujikura .... photographer
Haruhiko Higami .... still photographer: concept photos
Tomoyoshi Ishizuka .... photographer
Makoto Itô .... photographer
Shoichi Komuro .... photographer
Masaki Kubomura .... photographer
Akemi Maki .... photographer
Jun Nanbu .... photographer
Masao Onuki .... photographer
Masakazu Roku .... photographer
Satoshi Saito .... photographer
Ritsuko Sato .... photographer
Inako Shimotochitana .... photographer
Isao Takahashi .... photographer
Animation Department
Hisashi Abe .... key animator
Masatsugu Arakawa .... key animator
Keisuke Fukuda .... key animator
Takayuki Goto .... key animator
Sakae Hamashita .... color setter
Kenji Hayama .... animator
Terumi Hirajima .... animator
Harumi Honda .... color setter
Isamu Ichimura .... color setter
Tadakazu Iguchi .... key animator
Genso Iki .... animator
Hiroyuki Imai .... animator
Ginji In .... animator
Akiharu Ishii .... animator
Mitsuhisa Ishikawa .... animation producer
Yutaka Izubuchi .... mechanical designer
Yuji Katsumata .... color setter
Toru Kawai .... animator
Fukusu Kim .... animator
Kazuchika Kise .... animation director
Takahiro Kishida .... key animator
Ayumi Koike .... animator
Kazuya Kose .... key animator
Teruo Makabe .... animator
Hidenori Matsubara .... key animator
Tetsuro Mikageike .... animator
Yoshio Mizumura .... key animator
Mitsunori Murata .... key animator
Toshiharu Murata .... key animator
Hiroharu Nagasaka .... animator (as Kanji Nagasaka)
Yasuhiro Ohshima .... key animator
Kazuhisa Okada .... animator
Keisuke Okiura .... key animator
Matsuri Okuda .... key animator
Bunitsu Ri .... animator
Hiromi Sakai .... animator
Kazumi Sakashige .... color setter
Toshiharu Sato .... key animator (as Toshiharu Go)
Kôji Sawai .... animation director
Masahiro Sekiguchi .... animator
Kigo Soh .... animator
Eiji Suganuma .... key animator
Naohito Suzuki .... animator
Akemi Takada .... character designer
Kunio Takahide .... animator
Kazunari Takeda .... key animator
Atsushi Takeuchi .... key animator
Atsuo Tobe .... key animator
Miho Tomioka .... animator
Kazuo Watanabe .... animator
Sumio Watanabe .... key animator
Hidetoshi Yoshida .... key animator
Yaeko Yoshizawa .... animator
Kumiko Yusa .... color setter
Hiroyoshi Ôkawa .... key animator
Music Department
Akihiro Kawada .... musical director
Akira Kawase .... musical director
Other crew
Michael Bakewell .... adr director (English version)
Shôji Kawamori .... assistant mechanical designer
Hiromi Nishibori .... production assistant
Yoshinori Sayama .... assistant mechanical designer
Chiesuke Kotani .... thanks: captain of the Nawada ship
Tsukasa Torisaka .... thanks: for the details about Tokyo

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kidô keisatsu patorebâ: Gekijô-ban" - Japan (original title)
"Patlabor 1" - USA (imdb display title)
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100 min
Color (Eastmancolor)

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(at around 1h 25 mins) Behind Shinohara in the background, under his hand, the screen says "OMG".See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
An intelligent manga movie that makes you wish the TV series was shown in Britain, 3 December 1999
Author: Mark Treuthardt from London

Isaac Asimov meets Akira in this detective-oriented science-fiction Japanese Manga film. Set in the near-future, Tokyo is undergoing a huge re-development program: old suburbs are being demolished and man-made islands are being constructed in Tokyo Bay. Most of the work is being done by giant man-operated robots called Labors. Labors are prone to go out of control and cause chaos, so units of the Police force have been set up to deal with them. These units, divided into squadrons, also use giant robots to tackle the out-of-control Labors. Asuma Shinohara is a sergeant in Second Squadron, who discovers that the crazy behaviour of the Labors is due to a bug in their operating system which was deliberately put in by Eiichi Hoba, the OS programmer. Hoba has since committed suicide confidant that his plan to destroy Tokyo will take effect...

Patlabor is typical Manga with plenty of action and violence, but also a good deal of appeal and characters. These range from Asuma, quick-tempered and insubordinate, but a good detective; Captain Goto, the quietly manipulative commanding officer; and Officer Noa Izumi, Asuma's long-suffering, child-like colleague-cum-girlfriend, who ultimately saves the day.

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