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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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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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