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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

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)
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Storyline

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

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$636,830 (USA) (30 May 2003)
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Rock is the only character who didn't originate from the original manga. He was added to this movie to make the story more interesting to watch. See more »

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Rock's costume disappears in the Throne of Power scene. See more »

Quotes

Duke Red: [is wearing ancient Babylonian-style clothes and standing on a platform. The background behind him is in Sepia tone and clouds are moving about] At this moment we as a nation are about to touch the stars! I tremble at the honour of announcing the culmination of mankind's history of intellectual and scientific achievement. Yesterday our power spanned the Earth, today it can illuminate the heavens! May it stand forever! Our Ziggurat!
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References Island of Lost Souls (1932) See more »

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St. James Infirmary
Words and Music by Irving Mills
Performed by Atsuki Kimura
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A great retro sci-fi
27 October 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I knew little about this film but when I saw that it was going to be on television I decided to watch it; there is so little non-Ghibli anime on TV one has to take what one can get. When it started I knew this was going to be different; most of the characters didn't look like anime characters, they looked more like characters from western cartoons of the 1930s. This fitted in with the feel of the whole film which was a 1920s/1930s view of the future reminiscent of Fritz Lang's film of the same name.

Set in the city state of Metropolis where the robot underclass must stay in their designated areas and a scientist is building a robot that looks like a girl but is destined to run a new skyscraper known as the Ziggurat. Into this city comes a Japanese private detective and his nephew Kenichi who are seeking to arrest the scientist for organ trafficking. The state's de facto leader Duke Red's adopted son Rock is determined to destroy the robot thinking his father is replacing him. Rock starts a fire in the lab. During this the robot is activated and escapes with Kenichi although neither know that she isn't human. Rock continues to hunt them as the flee through the various layers of the city to a climax in the mysterious Ziggurat.

I loved the retro feel to the animation along with a sound track that also felt like it was from that time. The use of the song "I Can't Stop Loving You" during the climactic scene was inspired. Even if you don't normally like animation this is worth watching as it is a good story which is well told.

These comments are based on watching the film in Japanese with English subtitles.


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