A Detective Story (2003)

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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.


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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)


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)

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The Animatrix: A Detective Story  »

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Ash's revolver is a Colt Detective Special which fits the short's setting because it has been used in many Film Noir movies. The revolver was also used by the Trainman in The Matrix Revolutions. See more »


[first lines]
Ash: A case to end all cases...
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Edited into The Animatrix (2003) See more »


Written by Ramin Sakurai, Kirin Shahani, Geri Soriano Lightwood, Rick Torres
Performed by Supreme Beings of Leisure
Courtesy of Palm Pictures LLC
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Matrix Noir
18 February 2012 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

I love film noir. The aesthetic, the mystery, the cynicism; it all really appeals to me. In this Animatrix short Ash, a private detective is hired to find Trinity. All other PIs have failed to locate her, either winding up dead or crazy. But Ash perseveres and meets with Trinity on a lonely train, where the Agents are waiting to apprehend them.

Although featuring modern technology the rest of the animation design is of 1940s vintage. This is my absolute favorite look for movies. I wish my whole life was a film noir. If I could go into the Matrix I'd ask the Agents to make that wish come true. One of the better Animatrix shorts and a great short in its own right.

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