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Metropolis (2001)

Metoroporisu (original title)
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Kenichi and his uncle Shunsaku Ban must find the mystery behind robot girl Tima.

Director:

Rintaro

Writers:

Osamu Tezuka (comic book), Katsuhiro Ôtomo (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yuka Imoto Yuka Imoto ... Tima (voice)
Kei Kobayashi Kei Kobayashi ... Kenichi (voice)
Kôki Okada Kôki Okada ... Rock (voice)
Tarô Ishida Tarô Ishida ... Duke Red (voice)
Kôsei Tomita Kôsei Tomita ... Hige-Oyaji (voice)
Norio Wakamoto ... Pero (voice)
Junpei Takiguchi Junpei Takiguchi ... Dr. Laughton (voice)
Takeshi Aono ... Ponkotz (voice)
Masaru Ikeda Masaru Ikeda ... President Boon (voice)
Shun Yashiro Shun Yashiro ... Notarlin (voice)
Toshio Furukawa ... Skunk (voice)
Shigeru Chiba ... Lamp (voice)
Masashi Ebara Masashi Ebara ... Ham Egg (voice)
Takaya Hashi Takaya Hashi ... Lyon (voice)
Norihiro Inoue Norihiro Inoue ... Atlas (voice)
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Storyline

Metropolis is a visually stunning, rich, and memorable pleasure. It's contributors have brought us other classics such as Astroboy and Akira. The story takes place in the muti-leveled, fascinating, megalopolis called Metropolis. Metropolis is loosely ruled by Duke Red, who is close to presenting his ultimate work, an advanced AI robot girl named Tima. His son; however, is an opponent of AI and resents Tima. Tima finds herself deep within the labyrinth of Meteoplolis. She befriends the kind son of a police officer and begins exploring her new world. When Duke Red's son separates this new friendship, he puts much more at risk than anyone thought possible. Written by Seeslee

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Welcome to Metropolis


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and images of destruction | See all certifications »

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Trivia

A total of 150,000 animation cells were used. See more »

Goofs

Rock's costume disappears in the Throne of Power scene. See more »

Quotes

Tima: [Tima has just discovered that she is a robot, not a human] I am an artificial human. A machine created to conquer the world and destroy it.
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Alternate Versions

The US Release does not subtitle the word "kuso" (which means "shit") at the beginning, while strangely enough, it is subtitled later in the film. (Japanese langauge version only) See more »

Connections

References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

St. James Infirmary
Words and Music by Irving Mills
Performed by Atsuki Kimura
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One of my all time favourites
31 January 2005 | by ExpendableManSee all my reviews

I'm not a big fan of Manga I must admit. The movies I've seen have been few and far between and while I certainly enjoyed the likes of Ninja Scroll, Akira and Ghost In The Shell, I've never had much urge to seek out a really wide knowledge of the genre. That being said though, Metropolis has to rank as one of my top five films of all time, not just the animated ones.

Telling the story of a far future world where humans and robots exist alongside one another, it focuses on the adventures of a Private Investigator and his son visiting the city for the first time and hunting down a missing robot called Tima. And what a city it is! The animation, simply put, is stunning. The epic scope of this vast urban world is beautifully captured on screen. It is richly detailed and lit up like a fantastic world of colour, like a fine piece of dramatic art that has come to life. The animation on the characters meanwhile is no less amazing, it is more akin to French than Japanese in stylistic terms, but is still very detailed and beautifully realised.

But this is no piece of aesthetic beauty with nothing to back it up as the storyline is truly gripping. As the boy befriends a young girl, both of them unaware that she is in fact an experimental robot, you find yourself getting swept up in their plight and they have just as much, if not more depth and emotion than any real-life actor's work.

Come the climax, you'll be simultaneously thrilled and left emotionally stunned. This is a magnificent film, I can't praise it enough.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan] | Sony

Country:

Japan

Release Date:

25 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$84,660, 27 January 2002

Gross USA:

$722,932

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,035,192
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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