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Patlabor: The Movie (1989)

Kidô keisatsu patorebâ: Gekijô-ban (original title)
Unrated | | Animation, Action, Crime | 15 July 1989 (Japan)
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The screwball cops of Special Vehicles Section 2 Division 2 must investigate and stop a spree of rampaging construction robots.

Director:

Mamoru Oshii

Writers:

Kazunori Itô, Masami Yûki (comic)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshio Furukawa ... Asuma (voice)
David Jarvis David Jarvis ... Asuma (1995) (voice)
Doug Erholtz ... Asuma (2006) (voice)
Mîna Tominaga ... Noa (voice)
Briony Glassco Briony Glassco ... Noa (1995) (voice)
Julie Ann Taylor Julie Ann Taylor ... Noa (2006) (voice)
Ryûnosuke Ôbayashi Ryûnosuke Ôbayashi ... Gotoh (voice)
Peter Marinker ... Gotoh (1995) (voice)
Roger Craig Smith ... Gotoh (2006) (voice) (as Roger C. Smith)
Yoshiko Sakakibara ... Nagumo (voice)
Sharon Holm ... Nagumo (1995) (voice)
Megan Hollingshead ... Nagumo (2006) (voice) (as Karen Thompson)
Yô Inôe Yô Inôe ... Clancy (voice) (as Yô Inoue)
Tamsin Hollo ... Clancy (1995) (voice)
Lisa Enochs ... Clancy (2006) (voice)
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Storyline

A mysterious suicide and a series of unmanned robot run-aways sparks off a Police investigation into the suspicious software on-board thousands of industrial robots around Tokyo. Step by step, the police find themselves tangled up by the web of a perfect crime which awaits the approaching Typhoon to activate thousands of virus affected robots. As time runs out, Asuma and his team must complete a task that is doomed to be a failure before the Typhoon lands Tokyo. Written by Tzung-I Lin <tzung@hugo.att.com>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

15 July 1989 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Patlabor 1 See more »

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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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The film takes place in 1999. See more »

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Followed by WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3 (2002) See more »

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Great Sci-Fi/Detective fiction!
18 June 2002 | by SonahfSee all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to come across this video early in my exploration of Japanese animation. It was also the first video where I began to take notice of the greatly different pacing that the Japanese have in terms of plot & character developement. This is a story about a scientist that commits suicide after creating a virus that will eventually cause giant robots known as Labors to malfunction and lay waste about them. (Labors are manned, humanoid machines used in heavy lifting, construction and peacekeeping (domestic & military) tasks.) The action is split between the policemen who struggle to contain the destruction as the first infected Labors begin to malfunction and a pair of detectives who painstakingly retrace the dead doctors last steps before his suicide. If you're looking for something to cut your anime teeth on that's not too outlandish.. I highly recommend this video!


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