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Metropolis (2001)

Metoroporisu (original title)
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Kenichi and his uncle Shunsaku Ban must find the mystery behind robot girl Tima.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yuka Imoto ...
Tima (voice)
Kei Kobayashi ...
Kenichi (voice)
Kôki Okada ...
Rock (voice)
Tarô Ishida ...
Duke Red (voice)
Kôsei Tomita ...
Hige-Oyaji (voice)
Norio Wakamoto ...
Pero (voice)
Junpei Takiguchi ...
Dr. Laughton (voice)
Takeshi Aono ...
Ponkotz (voice)
Masaru Ikeda ...
President Boon (voice)
Shun Yashiro ...
Notarlin (voice)
Toshio Furukawa ...
Skunk (voice)
Shigeru Chiba ...
Lamp (voice)
Masashi Ebara ...
Ham Egg (voice)
Takaya Hashi ...
Lyon (voice)
Norihiro Inoue ...
Atlas (voice)


Metropolis is a story of how important emotions are and how they separate humans from everything else. The movie follows a young boy and his uncle (a private investigator). The story is set in the far future where humans and robots live together, unfortunately not in harmony. Many robots are forced underground and are terminated for entering unauthorized areas. They are more or less servants to humankind. The plot starts to unfold when the boy meets a robot named Tima and they get in all kinds of trouble. Never a dull moment when you've got a robot by your side. Written by ReemeR <reemer@fmail.co.uk>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and images of destruction | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Metropolis  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$84,660 (USA) (25 January 2002)


$636,830 (USA) (30 May 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Initially delayed, due to concern that its images of crumbling skyscrapers would shock people traumatized by 9/11, it actually did well enough for Sony to extend its theatrical run for a few more months. See more »


At Robot Storage Area 17, the sign in the window changes from "Metropolis Police Department" to "Metlopolis Police Department." See more »


Tima: The probability of mankind's survival will be 30% in one hour. Control of the Ziggurat is now being transferred to my operating system. All supplemental Earth weaponry will be activated from my network in 30 minutes. Attack targets are the world's major cities and 7,586 additional facilities. Destruction of the human race will begin through irradiation and use of multiple weapon systems. This will be complete in 17 hours, 27 minutes.
Ban Syunsaku : Hige-Oyaji: Did you hear that, Duke Red? The superhuman you created is ...
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Featured in Animax Special: The Making of 'Metropolis' (2002) See more »


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Performed by Ray Charles
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I loved this film!
23 January 2003 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I have always been a fan of the 60's and 70's anime. I feel that the 80's and 90's Anime got a bit out of hand, but this film brings me back to the experimentation, the wonder, visuals and the drawing you into forgetting this is only 'anime' at all.

The story is an update of the fantastic silent film Metropolis, and at points in this telling, the story falls flat, but just watching the film drew me in and made up for those story gaffs. There isn't any one who can look at this and not be taken with its ambition. Old anime elements, new ones, stop action, realism -- you name it, its all in one nice package! I am looking forward to additional works from this team, I hope they continue on for I feel this project was a great venture and to what they are capable of. This film is really wonderful, I recommend it highly.

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