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Patlabor: The Movie (1989) More at IMDbPro »Kidô keisatsu patorebâ: Gekijô-ban (original title)

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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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Director:
Writers:
Kazunori Itô (writer)
Masami Yûki (comic)
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Release Date:
15 July 1989 (Japan) See more »
Plot:
A mysterious suicide and strange robot malfunctions are clues to a devastating sabotage plot that Special Vehicle Unit 2 must stop. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (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
 
Thanks
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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Runtime:
100 min
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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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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
incredible animated movie, 11 September 1999
Author: Yonhap S from Philippines

Japanese animation has become very popular in the past few years. Somehow, it also gained the notoriety for "extreme" sex and violence, though it's a misconception that all Japanese animation is about that. Yet, animation in general is viewed as a kids only fare.

I recommend anyone to watch Patlabor: the movie. It has a very mature storyline. When I mean mature, I meant well-thought out story that can leave you thinking.

In the future, giant industrial utility robots called labors are used throughout Japan. Those in the law enforcement department use labors called Patlabors (patrol labors). Lately, there are reports of labors running amuck on its own. From this point we follow the heroes in a detective like story.

There are no nudity, violence is pretty tame compared to your half-hour dose of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (a series also a byproduct of Japan, I know but I'm not here to discuss my distaste for the Rangers) TV show. What we have is a straight-forward mystery as the story unravels what is going on. It also explores about man and technology and how it's like the Tower of Babel in biblical literature.

The movie is based on the tv show and comic. I only got to see a few episodes of the show. The movie, like the show, do not have the robots dominating the story, thus focusing more on the human characters. Watching the movie, I almost feel like I'm watching a PG/PG-13 live-action movie. Akira and Ghost in the Shell also have a deep story in them, it's not as involving perhaps they were covered so much cinematic effects (and sex and violence?). Patlabor blew me away in that it successfully simply told an honest-to-goodness story without being covered in so much effects.

The verdict: 5 of 5 stars.

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