MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 20,017 this week

Meikyû monogatari (1987)

7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 1,296 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 8 critic

A trilogy of three separate stories.

Directors:

, (as Rintarô) , 1 more credit »

Writers:

(short stories), (screenplay) (as Rintarô) , 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 38 titles
created 15 Apr 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 04 Oct 2013
 
a list of 38 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 26 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Meikyû monogatari (1987)

Meikyû monogatari (1987) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Meikyû monogatari.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Metropolis (2001)
Animation | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Kenichi and his uncle Shunsaku Ban must find the mystery behind robot girl Tima.

Director: Rintaro
Stars: Toshio Furukawa, Scott Weinger, Yuka Imoto
Animation | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A traumatized member of an elite para-military police force falls for the sister of a female terrorist courier who died in front of him on duty.

Director: Hiroyuki Okiura
Stars: Yoshikazu Fujiki, Sumi Mutoh, Hiroyuki Kinosha
Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A wandering mystical doctor passes through remote regions of Japan uncovering supernatural creatures called the Mushi and curing people of their effects.

Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo
Stars: Jô Odagiri, Nao Ômori, Yû Aoi
Black Magic M-66 (Video 1987)
Animation | Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A freelance reporter discovers that two killer androids are running loose and have a little girl for a kill target.

Directors: Hiroyuki Kitakubo, Masamune Shirow
Stars: Yû Mizushima, Ichirô Nagai, Shinji Ogawa
Lensman (1984)
Animation | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Kimball Kinnison, a young man from the agricultural planet Mquie and his Valerian companinon, Buscirk find a dying man with a legendary crystal lens embedded in his hand. As the man was ... See full summary »

Directors: Kazuyuki Hirokawa, Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Stars: Kerrigan Mahan, Michael McConnohie, Edie Mirman
The Cockpit (Video 1994)
Animation | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Three aviation focused war stories of Axis participants.

Directors: Takashi Imanishi, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Ken'yû Horiuchi, Hikaru Midorikawa, Stephen Apostolina
Ninja Scroll (1993)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A mysterious vagabond sets out on a journey to confront his past. Little does he know he is up against a demonic force of killers, with a ghost from his past as the leader.

Directors: Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Kevin Seymour
Stars: Stephen Apostolina, Dean Wein, Wendee Lee
Roujin Z (1991)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A compassionate young nurse is determined to help an elderly invalid strapped to a revolutionary health care bed but there are unexpected consequences.

Director: Hiroyuki Kitakubo
Stars: Chisa Yokoyama, Toni Barry, Shinji Ogawa
Animation | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In an alternative Earth, a young astronaut participates in a controversial fledgling space program.

Director: Hiroyuki Yamaga
Stars: Leo Morimoto, David Thomas, Mitsuki Yayoi
Spriggan (1998)
Animation | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An elite superhuman agent must stop a foreign military unit from seizing control of an ancient artifact that holds the key to ultimate power.

Director: Hirotsugu Kawasaki
Stars: J.D. Hawkins, Chris Patton, Kevin Corn
X (2001–2002)
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Kamui Shirou and Fuuma Monou have been best friends ever since they were kids. Fate, however, separates them when Fuuma's mother died under a mysterious circumstances. Fast forward, 6 years... See full summary »

Stars: Ken'ichi Suzumura, Jun'ichi Suwabe, Ryôka Yuzuki
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A Yakuza underling is given the assignment to rid an apartment of its tenants within a week. He tries a variety of desperate tactics to no avail. Soon his problems get worse as an evil ... See full summary »

Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo
Stars: SABU, Jazz Cutz, Mohammed Abdul Sahib
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Hideko Yoshida ...
Shôjo Sachi (segment "Labyrinth*labyrinthos") (voice)
Masane Tsukayama ...
Bob Stone (segment "Hashiru otoko") (voice)
Yû Mizushima ...
Sugioka Tsutomu (segment "Kôji chûshi meirei") (voice)
Iemasa Kayumi ...
Buchô (segment "Kôji chûshi meirei") (voice)
Jôji Yanami ...
(segment "Kôji chûshi meirei") (voice)
Hiroshi Ôtake ...
Robot 444 no 1-gô (segment "Kôji chûshi meirei") (voice)
Banjô Ginga ...
Zach Hugh (segment "Hashiru otoko") (voice)
Yûsaku Yara ...
(segment "Kôji chûshi meirei") (voice)
Kazumi Tanaka ...
(segment "Kôji chûshi meirei") (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Tsutomu Sugioka (segment "The Order to Stop Construction") (voice)
...
Sachi (segment "Labyrinth") (voice)
...
Mother (voice)
Steve Kramer ...
Chief Technician / Boat Pilot (voice)
...
Reporter (segment "Running Man") (voice)
Jeff Winkless ...
Robot 444-1 (segment "The Order to Stop Construction") (voice)
Edit

Storyline

A trilogy of three separate stories.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

It's not just a city... It's a state of mind


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 November 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Labyrinth  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Though all made at different studios, the film shares many of its key creative staff with Robot Carnival (1987) and Memories (1995), forming a loose trilogy of anthology features, as well as the non-anthology Akira (1988). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Akira (1988) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Brilliance in experimental anime
16 October 2001 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Before X, before Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, before Akira, there was Neo Tokyo, a fine blend of high-end animation and artistic expression, as well as experimentation. This is far from the typical "big eyes, small mouth" anime with big guns, big robots, and girls with big, um, "talents". In other words, this is not your younger siblings' anime.

The first selection, "Labyrinth" by Rin Taro, is a child's imagination run wild. If Cirque de Soleil was animated, it would be this. A little girl and her faithful cat cross over into a bizarre world via a mirror and are entertained by a mime-like clown, a traveling circus, and a surreal world of high walls and mindboggling imagery. Much like the imagination of a child, this is not a short to be analyzed, picked over, and dissected. "Labyrinth" is meant to be simply enjoyed. Other than the basic storyline, the short bounces around at a moment's notice from one scene to another and doesn't seem to fit together at all, but in the end it does. This piece is what I like to call "moving artwork". Several of the scenes could be plucked from the screen and hung on a wall.

The second short was a favourite of MTV's "Liquid Television" in the early 90's. Yoshiaki Kawajiri's "The Running Man" tells the story of a driver who has been surviving death-defying form of racing for ten years. It's a brilliant accomplishment and unfortunately, one that's been wearing on him, since other drivers are dead in a year. A reporter begins covering the driver's unstoppable career and accidently discovers why this man always wins. Finally, the stress of tempting death night after night breaks him and in an instant, all hell breaks loose. The design of the characters is very realistic, atypical for early to mid-80's anime. The speed and look of the racing vehicles is fluid and the piece is never boring, even sticking around with you after the very end. Despite the morbid nature of this short, I honestly believe that "The Running Man" should be part of Speedvision's Lost Drive-In collection.

The finale could easily be subtitled "The Akira Experiment Project". Three years before he would reshape the world of anime forever, Katsuhiro Otomo wrote and directed "The Order To Stop Construction", the tale of a hapless Japanese executive sent to shut down an overblown project in a tropical rainforest powered by robots and void of humans. Unfortunately, what stands between him and his orders is a foreman robot on a strict work schedule that it is hellbent on keeping, so much that the last human sent to supervise the place has disappeared without a trace. Despite the fact that the worker robots and the machines they operate keep exploding day in and day out, the foreman is convinced that if the others work just a little bit harder, it can meet the ever important deadline and nothing is going to stop that, including the human sent out to do so. Every element of "Akira" can be seen here, from character and vehicle designs to pipe movements and mud bubbles. It's like watching a mini-version of "Akira" without any psychic goings-on. Also like "Akira", "The Order To Stop Construction" is also a bit of social satire, making fun of the important and somewhat overbearing work ethic of the Japanese. My only complaint is the dubbing. The original Japanese language with subtitles would have added a bit more to this instead of the weak English voice-acting. This short would have been a fun addition to the "Akira" special addition recently released, as well as an important one.

This fine, yet brief, collection of mid-80's animation from Japan is definitely worthy of DVD consideration and it's a shame that it hasn't received one as of yet.


16 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
search for similar anime... bennjamin
Trying to Find Neo Tokyo lodes21
Soundtrack? skeletor_29
Music Question Orion_Assante
Finally on DVD frankiethefly
Chanting from start of the film used in Akira too? lijkel
Discuss Meikyû monogatari (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?