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Patlabor 2: The Movie (1993)

Kidô keisatsu patorebâ: The Movie 2 (original title)
Unrated | | Animation, Action, Drama | 7 August 1993 (Japan)
When a terrorist attack is blamed on the Air Force, Special Vehicle Unit 2 gets caught in the middle of a growing political conflict.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mîna Tominaga ...
Noa (voice)
Noa (1995) (voice)
Julie Ann Taylor ...
Noa (2006) (voice)
Toshio Furukawa ...
Asuma (voice)
David Jarvis ...
Asuma (1995) (voice)
Doug Erholtz ...
Asuma (2006) (voice)
Ryûnosuke Ôbayashi ...
Gotoh (voice)
Peter Marinker ...
Gotoh (1995) (voice) (as Peter Marincker)
Gotoh (2006) (voice)
Yoshiko Sakakibara ...
Nagumo (voice)
Sharon Holm ...
Nagumo (1995) (voice)
Nagumo (2006) (voice) (as Karen Thompson)
Michihiro Ikemizu ...
Oota (voice)
Oota (1995) (voice) (as Martin McDougal)
Oota (2006) (voice)


A Japanese police unit who use giant anthropomorphic robots (called Labors) is caught up in a political struggle between the civilian authorities and the military when a terrorist act is blamed on an Air Force jet. With the aid of a government agent, the team gets close to a terrorist leader to stop things from going out of control when after the military is impelled to impose martial law. Written by <smckim@hollywoodreporter.com>

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Oshii's Under-rated Masterpiece
25 January 2000 | by (Marietta, GA) – See all my reviews

Mamoru Oshii's "Ghost in the Shell" got all the hype, but his earlier film, "Patlabor 2," is by far the more mature, artistically successful film. This is anime at its finest - sharply detailed artwork, superb animation, and a story that WILL hook you.

Disguised as a Tom Clancyesqe techno-thriller, Patlabor 2 is actually a knowing, often cynical examination of global politics. The film at times resembles a surreal CNN report...if it were scripted by Noam Chomsky and directed by Alfred Hitchcock! What does that mean? First, the symbolic visuals are beguiling and plentiful. I would suggest you first view either "Psycho" or the "The Birds" and then Watch the Birdie in "Patlabor 2".

Patlabor 2 is a beautiful film. There are many stunning, surreal cityscapes that recall "Blade Runner." These scenes are accompanied by Keiji Kawai's meditative, haunting score. But the film's greatest impact is its disturbing plausibility. There may be giant robot police patrolling the streets of Tokyo, but the patterns of infrastructure and the chaos that breaks out when it breaks down seem all too real.

I give this anime my highest recommendation and I would especially recommend it to those who are either unfamiliar with Japanese anime or perhaps think animation is not a "serious" artistic medium. (This film will set them straight). Due to it's highly dense dialogue, I would recommend the dubbed version (unless you're fluent in Japanese or just prefer subtitles). The dubbing job is superbly acted and well-timed, preserving the original script's dramatic pauses and moments of silence.

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