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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) (as Katsuhiro Ohtomo) | 1 more credit »
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$636,830, 1 June 2003
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Initially delayed, due to concern that its images of crumbling skyscrapers would shock people traumatized by 9/11, it actually did well enough for Sony to extend its theatrical run for a few more months. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[first title card]
Title Card: "Every epoch dreams its successor." - Jules Michelet
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Alternate Versions

At the very end of the Japanese theatrical version of the movie, after the credits, there is a photograph fortelling a happy ending for the two main characters. This photograph was cut in the US version. See more »

Connections

References Aliens (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Stop Loving You
Performed by Ray Charles
Written by Don Gibson
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A great retro sci-fi
27 October 2009 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

I knew little about this film but when I saw that it was going to be on television I decided to watch it; there is so little non-Ghibli anime on TV one has to take what one can get. When it started I knew this was going to be different; most of the characters didn't look like anime characters, they looked more like characters from western cartoons of the 1930s. This fitted in with the feel of the whole film which was a 1920s/1930s view of the future reminiscent of Fritz Lang's film of the same name.

Set in the city state of Metropolis where the robot underclass must stay in their designated areas and a scientist is building a robot that looks like a girl but is destined to run a new skyscraper known as the Ziggurat. Into this city comes a Japanese private detective and his nephew Kenichi who are seeking to arrest the scientist for organ trafficking. The state's de facto leader Duke Red's adopted son Rock is determined to destroy the robot thinking his father is replacing him. Rock starts a fire in the lab. During this the robot is activated and escapes with Kenichi although neither know that she isn't human. Rock continues to hunt them as the flee through the various layers of the city to a climax in the mysterious Ziggurat.

I loved the retro feel to the animation along with a sound track that also felt like it was from that time. The use of the song "I Can't Stop Loving You" during the climactic scene was inspired. Even if you don't normally like animation this is worth watching as it is a good story which is well told.

These comments are based on watching the film in Japanese with English subtitles.


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