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Suchîmubôi (2004)

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

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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:

JPY 2,127,519,898 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$534,095 (Japan), 16 July 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$136,148, 20 March 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$410,388, 17 April 2005
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Early in the first Manchester sequence, a pub is seen. It's name is clearly seen as the "Rovers Return", which is the name of the pub in the popular Salford and Manchester-based soap opera Coronation Street (1960). See more »

Quotes

James Ray Steam: There's no time. I have to stop it now.
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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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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Excellent adventure, flawed structure
5 November 2004 | by trioptimum24601See all my reviews

Steamboy has such a rare quality of production values that it almost merits a viewing for the aesthetics alone. But there is a story to the film; and although the hardcore fans of Otomo may have been expecting something a little deeper, and although the pacing and characterization is notably flawed, it still stands as an extremely fun yarn with no shortage of what you'd expect from a classic action/adventure flick. The film, in many respects, is comparable to works like Sky Captain and the Indiana Jones films; a classic storytelling style somewhat augmented for a modern audience.

Numerous characters such as Scarlett and the henchmen are essentially devoid of anything resembling development. Scarlett in particular seems to have had her personal developments skipped or accelerated just to give a comic or emotional foil to Ray and the others, and it sticks out noticeably. She's given the typical "redeeming moment" at the end of the film that has no real grounding or weight considering her screen presence; it comes and goes without making a single ripple in an audience.

Essentially, Steamboy crams too many action set pieces and grand ideas into a story too lightweight to fully support them, and the plot suffers because of it. But it's far from lacking meaning or emotion, so as long as you can detach yourself from expectations you're assured quite a ride.

As a final note, if anyone finds the explicit diatribes concerning science a little distracting, try to keep in mind that they all come from your stereotypical mad scientists types. It becomes somewhat more plausible!


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