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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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  (in credits order)
Toshio Furukawa ... Asuma (voice)
David Jarvis ... Asuma (1995) (voice: English version)
Doug Erholtz ... Asuma (2006) (voice: English version)
Mîna Tominaga ... Noa (voice)

Briony Glassco ... Noa (1995) (voice: English version)
Julie Ann Taylor ... Noa (2006) (voice: English version)
Ryûnosuke Ôbayashi ... Gotoh (voice)
Peter Marinker ... Gotoh (1995) (voice: English version)

Roger Craig Smith ... Gotoh (2006) (voice: English version) (as Roger C. Smith)
Yoshiko Sakakibara ... Nagumo (voice)
Sharon Holm ... Nagumo (1995) (voice: English version)

Megan Hollingshead ... Nagumo (2006) (voice: English version) (as Karen Thompson)
Yô Inoue ... Clancy (voice)
Tamsin Hollo ... Clancy (1995) (voice: English version)

Lisa Enochs ... Clancy (2006) (voice: English version)
Michihiro Ikemizu ... Oota (voice)

Martin McDougall ... Oota (1995) (voice: English version)

Sam Riegel ... Oota (2006) (voice: English version) (as Sam Regal)
Issei Futamata ... Shinshi (voice)
Ron Lepaz ... Shinshi (1995) (voice: English version)

Joe Ochman ... Shinshi (2006) (voice: English version) (as Joey Lotsko)
Daisuke Gôri ... Hiromi (voice)
Michael Fitzpatrick ... Hiromi (1995) (voice: English version)

Jason Miller ... Hiromi (2006) (voice: English version) (as C.J. Mills)
Shigeru Chiba ... Shiba (voice)
Edward Glen ... Shiba (1995) (voice: English version)
Peter Doyle ... Shiba (2006) (voice: English version)
Osamu Saka ... Sakaki (voice)
Blain Fairman ... Sakaki (1995) (voice: English version) (as Blair Fairman)
Jamieson Price ... Sakaki (2006) (voice: English version) (as Taylor Henry)
Don Fellows ... Jitsuyama (1995) (voice: English version)
Milton Lawrence ... Jitsuyama (2006) (voice: English version)
Tomomichi Nishimura ... Matsui (voice)
Mac McDonald ... Matsui (1995) (voice: English version) (as Mac McDougall)
Paul St. Peter ... Matsui / Kaiho (2006) (voice: English version) (as George Z. Cole)
Toshihiko Kojima ... Kaiho (voice)
Shinji Ogawa ... Fukushima (voice)

William Roberts ... Fukushima (1995) (voice: English version) (as Bill Roberts)
Bob Papenbrook ... Fukushima (2006) (voice: English version) (as John Small Berries)
Kôji Tsujitani ... Kataoka (voice)
William Dufris ... Kataoka (1995) (voice: English version) (as William Dufries)

Liam O'Brien ... Kataoka (2006) (voice: English version)
Takahiro Hirai ... Commander (voice)
Fumihiko Tachiki ... Worker (voice)
Tomohiro Nishimura ... Cop (voice)
Megumi Hayashibara ... Meteorologist (voice)
Masamichi Satô ... Tech (voice)
Takehito Koyasu ... Tech (voice)
Masashi Sugawara ... Brass (voice)
Kiyoyuki Yanada ... Pilot (voice)
Toshihiko Nakajima ... Anchor (voice)

Johnny Yong Bosch ... Walla (2006) (voice: English version)
Tom Patrick ... Walla (2006) (voice: English version)
Joseph Ransom ... Walla (2006) (voice: English version)

Terrence Stone ... Walla (2006) (voice: English version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeff Harding ... Pilot (1995) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
John Fitzgerald Jay ... Pilot (1995) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Stuart Milligan ... Anchor / Pilot / Worker (1995) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Bob Sherman ... Commander / Cop / Kaiho (1995) (voice: English verison) (uncredited)

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
Shûichi Hirata .... art designer (as Shuichi Hirata)
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. Mitchison .... 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 Gotô .... 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)
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
Yasuhiro Ôshima .... key animator (as Yasuhiro Ohshima)
Music Department
Akihiro Kawada .... musical director
Akira Kawase .... musical director
Other crew
Michael Bakewell .... dialogue 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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19 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Smashing stuff - an excellent mixture of brawn and brains., 8 May 2002
Author: vkn from Amsterdam

The main complaint from those who dislike Patlabor; the movie is that it's too slow and dull. Not to act like the brighter-than-thou intello snob here, but this never even remotely bothered me. Maybe it's because there are enough riveting action scenes to counterbalance the slower ones, or because a lot of the non-action scenes are spent on a believeable build-up to make the finale all the more poignant, while throwing in genuinely interesting issues and fleshing out the likeable characters in a very entertaining way. Or maybe it's because I saw Patlabor 2 first, which makes this first film seem lightning quick in comparison. All the same, I really don't see what there is to complain about. Patlabor takes the time needed to establish a coherent storyline, and the viewer is amply rewarded by a big and very thrilling dose of action in the end, made all the more involving by the intricate prior build-up that we've been following. Even after several viewings, I find myself fully satisfied at the film's end, and perhaps even intellectually stimulated, without this demanding excessive efforts on my behalf. True, this is at times a talky and rather philosophical film, but nothing that the average viewer should find impossible to sit through (that is, unless I'm being too optimistic in my views on general human intelligence and the world really is overrun by bovine straight jocks who's attention cannot last two minutes without massive explosions on-screen).

Mamoru Oshii's direction style has a reputation of being very slow and broody. From what I've seen of his work, this is quite true. So far, Patlabor is the movie where this style worked best for me, as everything fitted together very nicely, delivering an excellently balanced combo of entertainment and mental fodder (other films by him show his personal touch more clearly but are less 'easily accessible').

That is far from the only praiseworthy point in Patlabor, however. Animation and artwork are pleasingly solid overall, ascending to excellent levels when the intricately crafted scenes with the mecha come into play. Kudos to the music as well, which does it's thing very nicely. The fast pieces for the action scenes are especially good for the way they're so full of energy. It also does a very good job of establishing the Patlabor universe for the non-initiated viewer. This movie is but one gear in the works of a much larger franchise; Patlabor has spawned several TV and video series over the years, but the viewer is adequately told who is who and where they are to be able to follow the movie without prior experience.

The clever bit about the Patlabor universe is it's a down-to-earth, credible view of what the world might look like if there was such a thing as giant robots. The robots are not overly fanciful, nor are they even the defining factor in everyone's life. Despite Noah's attachment to her Labor which she named Alphonse, the robots serve as little more than bigger, stronger versions of everyday vehicles and machines, with not one infantile giant laser weapon in sight (that said, their design is very cool, including enough striking elements in their otherwise workmanlike and realistic appearance to be very noteworthy). It's still the little people that make the most difference and are the real stars in the Patlabor world. Top marks for originality, there.

The same thing goes for the film's plot: after the suicide of a certain Eiichiro Hoba, an increased number of incidents involving Labors gone berserk begins to spread over Japan. Our heroes are a somewhat whacky squad of anti Labor-crime officers (the 'mobile police', who operate with their Patrol Labors, or Patlabors) who gradually unravel the entire plot behind this wave of labor malfunctions, and the true disaster that this is building up to - a disaster of such magnitude that it may well signal doomsday if the one building that will trigger it off isn't destroyed by hand and by Labor in the little time that is left. There's far more to the story than just that - there are the likeable hi-jinks of the heroes along the way, as well as the more broody look at Hoba's motivations that get exposed by a private eye, packed with deep reflections and religious symbolism (a so-called 'Babylon Project' to build a new district for Tokyo over the water plays a large part in the film, to name but one example).

It probably -is- more of a thinking man's giant robot anime in the end. But this should be noted as great praise, rather than a complaint from those too stupid to appreciate it. Everything is well-crafted, involving and enjoyable enough to make for a very impressive film that can be recommended to everyone except complete numbskulls. I'd almost go so far as to claim that anyone who doesn't realise the great qualities of this film must be out of his mind, but that would be just petty personal vengeance on my behalf. You see, with the way this film is so excellent, stylish and highly likeable overall, I'm afraid I've rather fallen in love with it. Well worth checking out, at any rate.

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