A private detective is hired to track down the computer hacker known as Trinity. But as he gets close his goal, reality takes a weird turn for him.

Director:

(as Shinichiro Watanabe)

Writers:

(additional dialogue), (as Shinichiro Watanabe) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Beyond (2003)
Animation | Sci-Fi | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A young girl and a group of children discover that an abandoned house contains a wondrous nature to it.

Director: Kôji Morimoto
Stars: Hedy Burress, Tress MacNeille, Kath Soucie
Program (2003)
Animation | Short | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Cis and Duo, a pair of freed minds, practice their skills in an old-fashioned samurai sword-fight. Duo tells Cis that he's tired of living outside the Matrix and he wants her to come with him... and he's not accepting no for an answer.

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Stars: Hedy Burress, Phil LaMarr, John DiMaggio
World Record (2003)
Animation | Sci-Fi | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An athlete, Dan, breaks out of the matrix through a feat of strength and gets a brief glimse of the real world outside his existance.

Director: Takeshi Koike
Stars: Victor Williams, John Wesley, Alex Fernandez
Matriculated (2003)
Animation | Sci-Fi | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Using the Matrix, a resistance group attempts to recruit a sentinel to their cause.

Director: Peter Chung
Stars: Melinda Clarke, Dwight Schultz, Rodney Saulsberry
Kid's Story (2003)
Animation | Sci-Fi | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A teenager's dreams which conclude with him falling off a building, lead him to believe that the reality he lives in, may not be so real after all.

Director: Shinichirô Watanabe
Stars: Clayton Watson, Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss
Animation | Sci-Fi | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

With the robot city isolated and it's ambassadors ejected form the United Nations, a trade war begins to protect the human economy from superior products. When the trade war escalates into ... See full summary »

Director: Mahiro Maeda
Stars: Julia Fletcher, Dane A. Davis, Debi Derryberry
Action | Animation | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After discovering a force of machines on its way to Zion, the crew of the hovercraft Osiris attempts to warn the city by using the Matrix.

Director: Andrew R. Jones
Stars: Kevin Michael Richardson, Pamela Adlon, John DiMaggio
Animation | Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A tour is taken into the Zion archives, where the history of the real world and the rise of the machines is shown to viewers.

Director: Mahiro Maeda
Stars: Isshin Chiba, Katsumi Chô, Dane A. Davis
The Animatrix (2003)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The Animatrix is a collection of several animated short films, detailing the backstory of the "Matrix" universe, and the original war between man and machines which led to the creation of the Matrix.

Directors: Peter Chung, Andrew R. Jones, and 5 more credits »
Stars: Clayton Watson, Akio Ôtsuka, Pamela Adlon
The Matrix Revisited (Video 2001)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An "extras-only" DVD, packed with documentaries and behind-the-scenes footage from the filming of the ground-breaking 1999 movie "The Matrix". Includes a rare interview with the elusive ... See full summary »

Director: Josh Oreck
Stars: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Joel Silver, Bill Pope
Star Driver (TV Series 2010)
Animation | Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A young boy named Takuto arrives at the island of Southern Cross, and begins to investigate the island's deep-set secrets, to which he is somehow connected.

The Alien Legacy (Video 1999)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The best bits of the Alien franchise.

Director: Michael Matessino
Stars: Nick Allder, Bolaji Badejo, Mia Bonzanigo
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Ash (voice)
...
Trinity (voice)
...
Clarence (voice) (as T. C. Carson)
...
Agent (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mugihito ...
Clarence (voice)
Ryunosuke Ohbayashi ...
Client (voice)
Masane Tsukayama ...
Ash (voice)
Hiromi Tsuru ...
Trinity (voice)
Edit

Storyline

Ash, a private detective, is quite frankly sick of his job. It's not as adventurous as he thought it was and on top of that both his fridge and bank account are empty. When the phone rings, Ash promises to his cat Dinah he will quit the business forever if this is yet another husband who wants his wife shadowed. But the caller is quite a different gentleman. He wants Ash to look for a computer hacker called Trinity. The caller refuses to say his name, but Ash is quickly persuaded to take on the job when he sees his recently updated bank account balance. When he starts investigating, Ash finds something strange. He is not the first detective looking for the hacker. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

April 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Animatrix: A Detective Story  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The name of Ash's cat (Dinah) is a reference to the character Dinah Brand from the novel "Red Harvest" by Dashiell Hammett. "Red Harvest" was widely considered the first hard-boiled detective novel. Also, Dinah is the name of Alice's cat mentioned early in "Alice in Wonderland." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ash: A case to end all cases...
See more »

Connections

Edited into The Animatrix (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

BLIND TIGER
Written by Layo Paskin and Matthew Benjamin
Performed by Layo & Bushwacka!
Courtesy of XL Recordings, Ltd.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Stylish, gritty and enjoyable
10 April 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Ash is a private detective who is down on his luck. Tired of investigating cheating wives for suspicious husbands, he stares at his empty bank account and empty fridge and he decides that this business is not for him. It is then he gets a call and payment from a mysterious employer who asks him to find the hacker `Trinity'.

Opening with a great atmosphere of noir detective thrillers, this film continues in this vein until it turns into a confrontation on the train with some agents. Part of the series of animations making up the Matrix companion piece `The Animatrix', I saw this as a stand alone piece recently at a festival of shorts and animations and it stood out for me thanks to this same style. However the substance is also engaging even if it takes liberties at times, the length of time it takes the agents to come down the carriage for example, or the sudden semi-understanding that Ash seems to have near the end. Despite this, the plot still works pretty well - certainly enough to hold the style in check.

Visually, the short is great. It creates a sense of period that isn't undone by the agents, guns or Trinity. It feels like it was charcoal drawn (it wasn't) and it really feels moody and dark. Also, out of all the entries in the series, this is the one that gets the look and feel of the agents down best. The voice work is good as well with good input from Moss; who's incarnation here manages to look feminine - a feat she failed to accomplish in the last two of the films!

Overall this is a good film even if it loses it's way substance-wise at times. It is dark and brooding and has a conclusion that befits the look and feel of the film. All round one of the best of the series.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
If you enjoyed this.. Gav_tH
Anything else like it? santacruzach
Download this film.. huupper
Discuss A Detective Story (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?