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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

Writers:

Sadayuki Murai, Katsuhiro Ôtomo (as Katsuhiro Ohtomo)
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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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A new record for the most expensive Japanese animated movie. It cost about 2.1 billion yen (twenty million U.S. dollars) to make. 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 »

Connections

References Coronation Street (1960) See more »

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An extraordinarily inventive depiction of an alternative 'steampunk' Victorian era, but plotwise, it's as vapid as anything produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
17 December 2004 | by colettesplaceSee all my reviews

The latest film from the director of Akira, Katsuhiro Ôtomo, is a pacy thriller anime set in an alternate 1850s London, in the middle of the industrial age. Rai Steam is the third in a line of engineer inventors who dreams of going to the first ever Great Exhibition – when his grandfather unexpectedly returns from the United States with an new invention, the steamball. About the size of a bowling ball, the steamball is a source of immense, self-renewing power and the people who funded the invention want it back at any price. Rai escapes on his steam-powered unicycle, and the race is on. On the way, he encounters a steam-powered cyborg, a giant steam-powered "Death Star" and a feisty, economic rationalist sidekick, the Gone With The Wind-inspired Miss Scarlett (Manami Konishi).

While the plot is nothing new – and very much in the Hollywood thriller style, the inventiveness of the world Steamboy is set in is exhilarating. Imagine steam-powered individual submarines, flying machines and more, all drawn in painstaking detail – with thousands of cogs and wheels all impacting on each other. Although some CGI is used, most of the film's made in the traditional anime style – around 180 000 individual pictures were used to make Steamboy, and it shows.

Steamboy's a rip-roaring 'steampunk' piece of entertainment, complete with an insane despot who plans to take over the world. Although it's strange to see a film set in London where all the (Anglo) characters are speaking Japanese, it's best not to take Steamboy too seriously. Comic relief is provided by Miss Scarlett and Rai's grandfather, Loyd Steam (Katsuo Nakamura). Loyd Steam also speaks for the natural order, something that's often found in Japanese anime and was inspired by both the animist former national religion, Shinto, and the WWII atomic bombings. Unlike Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke, however, it's barely touched on here. Steamboy succeeds because of the fantastic imagination behind the animation, not for its philosophy. ***½/***** stars.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

18 March 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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