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Steamboy (2004)

Suchîmubôi (original title)
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In 1860s Britain, a boy inventor finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly conflict over a revolutionary advance in steam power.

Director:

Katsuhiro Ôtomo (as Katsuhiro Ohtomo)

Writers:

Sadayuki Murai, Katsuhiro Ôtomo (as Katsuhiro Ohtomo)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Anne Suzuki ... James Ray Steam (voice)
Masane Tsukayama ... Eddî Suchîmu-hakase (voice)
Katsuo Nakamura ... Dr. Lloyd Steam (voice)
Manami Konishi Manami Konishi ... Scarlett O'Hara (voice)
Kiyoshi Kodama Kiyoshi Kodama ... Robert Stephenson (voice)
Ikki Sawamura Ikki Sawamura ... David (voice)
Susumu Terajima ... Freddie (voice)
Osamu Saka Osamu Saka ... Army General (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keiko Aizawa Keiko Aizawa ... Mrs. Steam (voice)
Rosalind Ayres ... (voice)
Mark Bramhall ... Alfred Smith (voice)
Oliver Cotton ... Robert Stephenson (voice)
Robin Atkin Downes ... David (voice)
William Hootkins ... (voice)
Peter Lavin ... (voice)
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Storyline

Rei is a young inventor living in the U.K. in the middle of the nineteenth century. Shortly before the first World Expo, a marvelous invention called the "Steam Ball", behind which a menacing power is hidden, arrives at his door from his grandfather Roid in the U.S. Meanwhile, the nefarious O'Hara Foundation has sent men to acquire the Steam Ball, so that they can use its power towards their own illicit ends. Written by Bruce Osborne <saitoh-hajime@neo.rr.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

18 March 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Steamboy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$136,148, 20 March 2005

Gross USA:

$468,867

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,870,198
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Ray is walking through the city of Manchester at the beginning, for a few seconds, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels can be seen talking together on the street (Marx is the smaller one with white hair and beard, Engels is the taller one with the mustache). Both men were living in Britain at the time this movie takes place. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Lloyd Steam: And what would men do with this new technology? Plunge the world into war and chaos?
Dr. Eddie Steam: But that very chaos would transform us. the heart adapts to reality.
Dr. Lloyd Steam: [Points a gun at Eddie] But the heart comes first, Eddie!
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Crazy Credits

Under the end credits, images of future events in the lives of the characters are shown. See more »

Alternate Versions

Two versions were released in theaters, one was the original 126 minute Japanese cut, while the other was a 106 minute English dub cut. See more »

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Steampunk goodness all the way
28 September 2004 | by jxmakelaSee all my reviews

Admiring the gadgets, machines and all the insanely gorgeous animation you won't have enough time to wonder where the plot or character development went.

Steamboy is set in Victorian England, the age of inventions and the industrial revolution. Dr. Steam has developed a ball that contains an enormous amount of pressure, that can be used to power huge amounts of steam machines. However, Dr. Steam's son and grandson both have their own designs...

I've never been a huge anime fan, but I've enjoyed every film I've seen that Otomo has been involved in, and this one is no exception to the rule. Since I enjoyed it as a non-anime fan, I recommend to all others like me who are curious about anime.


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