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Release Date:
23 December 2006 (Japan) See more »
Plot:
In Treasure Town, life can be both peaceful and violent. This is never truer than for our heroes, Black and White... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Solid As Concrete? No, It's A Bit More Than That... See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Kazunari Ninomiya ... Kuro / Itachi (voice)

Yû Aoi ... Shiro (voice)
Yûsuke Iseya ... Kimura (voice)
Kankurô Kudô ... Sawada (voice)

Min Tanaka ... Suzuki (voice)
Rokurô Naya ... Jiccha (voice)
Tomomichi Nishimura ... Fujimura (voice)
Mugihito ... Kumicho (voice)
Nao Ômori ... Chocola (voice)
Yoshinori Okada ... Vanilla (voice)
Kazuko Kurosawa ... Kozo (voice)
Tomoko Murakami ... Kozo (voice)
Miyuki Ohshima ... Kozo (voice)
Yuki Tamaki ... Asa (voice) (as Yukiko Tamaki)
Mayumi Yamaguchi ... Yoru (voice)
Harumi Asai ... Akutsu (voice)
Atsushi Imaizumi ... Yasuda (voice)
Bryan Burton Lewis ... Goshima (voice)
Tôru Nara ... Chinpira (voice)
Shunsuke Mizutani ... Abacchi 3 (voice)
Tatsuhiro Fukiage ... Abacchi 4 (voice)
Hiroto Nakajima ... Suzuki's Button Man 1 (voice)
Hiroshi Shibata ... Suzuki's Button Man 2 (voice)
Seiichi Yomioka ... Kodomo no Shiro Kakariin (voice)
Yuji Matsumaru ... Ota (voice)
Masayuki Furuya ... Nasty Boyfriend (voice)
Toshiya Matsushita ... Eki no Announce (voice)
Mai Ito ... (voice)
Yuki Chiba ... (voice)
Masanori Kaneko ... (voice)
Yukari Minegishi ... (voice)
Kazuma Horie ... (voice)
Marina Inoue ... (voice)
Yuriko Togashi ... (voice)
Kana Asumi ... (voice)
Yuriko Yamada ... (voice)
Emiko Yamada ... (voice)
Eiichi Kamagata ... (voice)
Yoshinori Toba ... (voice)
Yoko Ogawa ... (voice)
Noriko Honma ... (voice)
Mikio Ono ... (voice)
Fumie Takeuchi ... (voice)
Nami Sekitani ... (voice)
Ryohei Okubo ... (voice)
Takumi Fujimori ... (voice)
Eiko Tanaka ... (voice)
Michael Arias ... (voice)
Nene Abe ... (voice)
Koi Abe ... (voice)
Aki Katafuchi ... (voice)
Machiko Kawakatsu ... (voice)
Osamu Kobayashi ... (voice)

Masahiro Motoki ... Hebi (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Steve Blum ... The Doctor (voice: English version)
Mori San Chû ... Kozo (voice)

John DiMaggio ... The Boss (voice: English version)

Alex Fernandez ... Choco (voice: English version)

Crispin Freeman ... Assassin 1 (voice: English version)

Rick Gomez ... Kimura (voice: English version)
Kate Higgins ... Kimura's Wife (voice: English version)

Tom Kenny ... Sawada (voice: English version)

Maurice LaMarche ... Fujimura (voice: English version)

Phil LaMarr ... Dusk (voice: English version)

Yuri Lowenthal ... Dawn (voice: English version)

Matt McKenzie ... Assassin 3 (voice: English version)

Scott Menville ... Black / Kuro (voice: English version)
Kamali Minter ... Shiro (voice: English version)

Dwight Schultz ... Snake (voice: English version)
Dave Wittenberg ... Assassin 2 (voice: English version)

Directed by
Michael Arias  (as Maikeru Ariasu)
 
Writing credits
Taiyo Matsumoto (comic)

Anthony Weintraub 

Produced by
Eiichi Kamagata .... producer
Mikio Ono .... associate producer
Eiko Tanaka .... producer
Masao Teshima .... producer
Fumio Ueda .... producer
Ryo Ôyama .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Plaid 
 
Film Editing by
Mutsumi Takemiya 
 
Art Direction by
Shinji Kimura 
 
Art Department
Hiroaki Andô .... storyboard artist (as Hiroaki Ando)
Michael Arias .... storyboard artist
Miyuki Ito .... colorist
Chie Uratani .... storyboard artist
 
Sound Department
Axel Ericson .... sound editor
Masahiko Kubo .... foley artist
Matt Naiman .... foley artist
Mitch Osias .... sound designer
Mitch Osias .... sound re-recording mixer
Mitch Osias .... supervising sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Takuma Sakamoto .... cgi director
 
Animation Department
Naoto Abe .... inbetween animator
Masahiro Emoto .... key animator
Kenji Hachizaki .... key animator
Shinji Hashimoto .... key animator
Rie Ino .... inbetween animator
Yasuhiro Irie .... key animator
Tomoko Isobe .... inbetween animator
Hidetsugu Ito .... key animator
Mutsuko Kajigaya .... inbetween supervisor
Hirotaka Kikuchi .... inbetween animator
Asuka Kojima .... inbetween animator
Masahiko Kubo .... animation director
Tomoyo Masuda .... inbetween animator
Yumi Masuda .... key animator
Shoujirou Nishimi .... character designer
Shoujirou Nishimi .... overall animation director
Kazuya Nomura .... key animator
Akira Ono .... inbetween animator
Masahiko Ozawa .... inbetween animator
Masako Sakai .... inbetween animator
Kanako Sato .... inbetween animator
Kanako Sekii .... inbetween animator
Eriko Shibata .... inbetween animator
Eiichi Tominaga .... inbetween animator
Mika Ueda .... inbetween animator
Chie Uratani .... animation director
Tamami Watanabe .... inbetween animator
Tôru Yoshida .... key animator
Shin'ya Ôhira .... key animator
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tekkon kinkurîto" - Japan (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some violent and disturbing images, and brief sexuality
Runtime:
103 min (without end titles)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Goofs:
Continuity: In the scene where Black gives money to "grandpa" the yin-yang symbol changes from white on top, black on top and then again white on top.See more »
Quotes:
Sawada:Cats? What cats?
Fujimura:Strays. Orphans. Delinquents who rule Treasure Town. They live by the law of the jungle. The city is their playground. Underestimate them and you'll kiss asphalt.
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Movie Connections:
References Godzilla (1954)See more »

FAQ

How do Black & White kill the first assassin?
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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Solid As Concrete? No, It's A Bit More Than That..., 19 May 2009
Author: benjamin_lappin from England

"Tekkonkinkreet", literally translated as reinforced concrete, is an hypnotic experience set upon the kaleidoscopic drop of some truly gorgeous drawings which tells the tale of two street urchins as they do battle with an array of colourful characters in order to defend their city from being taken over. Adapted from the three volume manga series by Taiyo Matsumoto, the film doesn't usually carry the infuriating hallmarks of a manga-to-anime switch over, which can often make the film an unenjoyable experience as the viewer struggles to come to terms with the story and characters and in the process miss the film. In this instance, any preconceptions are staved as "Tekkonkinkreet" absorbs the viewer all but instantly in a cacophony of animation, sound and, perhaps surprisingly, emotion.

Tekkonkinkreets original manga form is what is known as a "seinen" manga, which is a subset of the animated genre which targets males, usually, from between the ages of eighteen and thirty, and as a twenty-four year old male myself, I perhaps enjoyed it more than others outside my demographic bracket. Ostensibly, it is a boys film as the premise bases itself on gangster films as our two street urchin protagonists, the aptly named "Black" and "White" find themselves coming into contact with an ever escalating array of Yakuza as they try to take over the ridiculously sublime "Treasure Town". There is a great deal of violence within the film (which while in my eyes completely justifies the progression of the film is incredibly misleading when you look at the UK Film Certificate Branding of a mere 12) as the battles waged become more intense, more bloody and more important to the survival of our two heroes. Tekkonkinkreet also utilises a much more avant-garde style of animation which we are currently beginning to see more of in the western world as an increasing acceptance of things which are outside of the "norm" are filtering through, and it is certainly befitting of the style. Tekkonkinkreet successfully delivers on appeasing any and all who are looking for high quality hand drawn animation which surpasses the eternally vapid conveyor belt of repetitiveness that is Pixar, but it also delivers on being more than just a "fighting" film.

The intrinsic parts of Tekkonkinkreet prove in being the messages the director and original creator are wishing to convey to their audiences, of which there are two major points. Firstly, we have the ying and yang nature of Black and White, how their coexistence is precisely that, how they are mirror images of each other, how in essence they are two parts of the same hole and that you could be forgiven for thinking someone spliced a singular entity at birth to form two. "Black" is the streetwise member of the "Cats", as they are known within the city, as he has a savvy and cunning which has enabled he and white to be high on the Treasure Town food chain. As expected for being orphaned children, each have their issues, and with Black it is the impression that he is only one bad day away from total insanity and mental breakdown, while with "White" the issue is if he were to have a mental breakdown it wouldn't have much to break. White is stated as being eleven within the film yet quite clearly finds it difficult keeping a grasp on reality and his surroundings as his mental age is quite obviously, less than that. However, it is not merely how much White relies on Black for survival with the treacherous confines, but it is also how much Black relies on White, as the director twists the uses of Black and White and indeed Good and Evil as roles interchange in all quarters. Secondly, we have yet again another confrontation, another coming together of two forces yet this time it is more theory based. Treasure Town is a gloriously colourful island sitting sedately in the centre of a river yet its buildings and inhabitants for all their grandeur seem incredibly outdated. Treasure Town isn't exactly a time warp but you could be forgiven for thinking so, it is a place contented in its own time, but for the Yakuza this is not acceptable as they wish to bring Treasure Town forward into the 21st Century, to update the scenery, to turn it into a money making venture of epic proportions . This second theme resonates with a fear of old replacing new, yet the new not being perhaps as grand as everyone believes it to be, it is a fear of traditions being eradicated by a machine which has no need for sentiment, and this feeling, from both points of view, is embedded within characters on all sides of the battle.

Tekkonkinkreet is a highly charged emotional film, which looks at characters interactions and dependence on each other the yings and yangs within the city itself, the coming together of old and new and more evidently, people's desire for power. The phrase "my city" is uttered on numerous occasions as individuals all attempt to lay claim to the treasured turf, yet none truly understanding what the phrase means or why they are saying it. Tekkonkinkreet is a highly successful anime, which blends together elements of crime, violence, humour and fantasy creating a cerebral journey for the senses as director Michael Arias superbly transcribes this moralistic tale with an energetic style of directing which perhaps possesses some of the best and "coolest" "reveal" shots in recent times. Tekkkonkinkreet is an absorbing adventure which transcends genres and blurs styles in a hot pot of beautiful angst and proves itself to be worth a watch for any who allows themselves to be enveloped by a world which is never told in black and white.

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