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Patlabor 2: The Movie (1993)

Kidô keisatsu patorebâ: The Movie 2 (original title)
Unrated | | Animation, Action, Drama | 7 August 1993 (Japan)
When a terrorist attack is blamed on the Air Force, Special Vehicle Unit 2 gets caught in the middle of a growing political conflict.

Director:

Mamoru Oshii

Writer:

Kazunori Itô
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mîna Tominaga ... Noa Izumi (voice)
Briony Glassco ... Noa Izumi (1995) (voice)
Julie Ann Taylor Julie Ann Taylor ... Noa Izumi (2006) (voice)
Toshio Furukawa ... Asuma Shinohara (voice)
David Jarvis David Jarvis ... Asuma Shinohara (1995) (voice)
Doug Erholtz ... Asuma Shinohara (2006) (voice)
Ryûnosuke Ôbayashi Ryûnosuke Ôbayashi ... Captain Kiichi Gotoh (voice)
Peter Marinker ... Captain Kiichi Gotoh (1995) (voice) (as Peter Marincker)
Roger Craig Smith ... Captain Kiichi Gotoh (2006) (voice)
Yoshiko Sakakibara ... Deputy Section Chief Shinobu Nagumo (voice)
Sharon Holm ... Deputy Section Chief Shinobu Nagumo (1995) (voice)
Megan Hollingshead ... Deputy Section Chief Shinobu Nagumo (2006) (voice) (as Karen Thompson)
Michihiro Ikemizu Michihiro Ikemizu ... Isao Oota (voice)
Martin McDougall ... Isao Oota (1995) (voice) (as Martin McDougal)
Sam Riegel ... Isao Oota (2006) (voice)
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Storyline

A Japanese police unit who use giant anthropomorphic robots (called Labors) is caught up in a political struggle between the civilian authorities and the military when a terrorist act is blamed on an Air Force jet. With the aid of a government agent, the team gets close to a terrorist leader to stop things from going out of control when after the military is impelled to impose martial law. Written by <smckim@hollywoodreporter.com>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

7 August 1993 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Patlabor 2 See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Early in the movie there is a scene that prominently features a triptych painting of birds. Each panel has the word 'Vogel' on it. 'Vogel' means 'bird' in both Dutch and German. See more »

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Detective Matsui: Vandalism. Unlawful entry. Robbery, maybe. Maybe even reckless endangerment. Why am I doing this?
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Followed by WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3 (2002) See more »

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Strong, quiet characterisation... Excellent!
30 August 1999 | by emaanSee all my reviews

Director Mamoru Oshii gets it right the second time round. His penchant for deep philosophical stories is executed with the right touch of pathos and aided greatly by the superior quality of animation and more "mature" character designs.

Followers of the TV and OAV series would know that the chief of Section 2, Goto harbours a crush for chief Nagano of Section 1. However, being the stoic man that Goto is, he could never openly admit his affection for her.

The plot focuses on Nagano's past as a brilliant student of labor tatics - and her relationship with her much older mentor.Their affair was doomed as he was a married man. The political fallout caused her high-flying career to to come to a halt and ended up with her posted to the "lowly" Special Vehicle Section 1.Her mentor took charge of a UN labor peacekeeping force which got slaughtered in the jungles due to inept commands from his superiors. He returned to Japan a changed man.

The story is a vastly superior adaptation of "SV2's Longest Day", one of the outstanding episodes in the first OAV series. The film is filled with poignant scenes and quiet, surreal sequences in the heart of the city that are a prequel of sorts to Oshii's masterpeice Ghost in the Shell. Like I said, fans of the series will especially appreciate Goto's dilemma in the closing scene.


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