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Steamboy (2004)

Suchîmubôi (original title)
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In 1860s Britain, a boy inventor finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly conflict over a revolutionary advance in steam power.


(as Katsuhiro Ohtomo)


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Credited cast:
Anne Suzuki ...
James Ray Steam (voice)
Masane Tsukayama ...
Eddî Suchîmu-hakase (voice)
Katsuo Nakamura ...
Dr. Lloyd Steam (voice)
Manami Konishi ...
Scarlett O'Hara (voice)
Kiyoshi Kodama ...
Robert Stephenson (voice)
Ikki Sawamura ...
David (voice)
Susumu Terajima ...
Freddie (voice)
Osamu Saka ...
Army General (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keiko Aizawa ...
Mrs. Steam (voice)
Rosalind Ayres ...
Alfred Smith (voice)
Robert Stephenson (voice)
David (voice)


Rei is a young inventor living in the U.K. in the middle of the 19th century. Shortly before the first ever World Expo, a marvelous invention called the "Steam Ball", behind which a menacing power is hidden, arrives at his door from his grandfather Roid in the U.S. Meanwhile the nefarious Ohara Foundation has sent men to acquire theSteam Ball so that they can use its power towards their own illicit ends. Written by Bruce Osborne <saitoh-hajime@neo.rr.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 March 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Steamboy  »

Box Office


JPY 2,127,519,898 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$534,095 (Japan) (16 July 2004)


$410,388 (USA) (15 April 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


A new record for the most expensive Japanese animated film. It cost about ¥2.1 billion (US$20 million) to make. See more »


James Ray Steam: There's no time. I have to stop it now.
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Crazy Credits

Under the end credits, images of future events in the lives of the characters are shown. See more »


References Coronation Street (1960) See more »

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Lives up to the hype and more!
19 September 2004 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

Saw this at the Toronto International Film Festival, and I swooned with the massive audience in sheer awe at the absolutely astounding masterpiece that Otomo-san has created. 10 years in the making, the visual feast pays off with an incredible bang.

Although not as violent and complex as the powerhouse Akira, Steamboy is a straight-forward sci-fi-action-adventure story set in Victorian London, England that even strangers of the anime genre can follow with ease. I can see this film being another landmark hit in North America that will hopefully draw more people to appreciate anime. When this comes out in 2005, don't miss it for the world!

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