7.0/10
324
5 user 8 critic

Talking Head (1992)

A revered director with an obscure style, Rei Maruwa, has gone missing during the production of his latest animated feature, Talking Head. With the deadline approaching and next to no ... See full summary »

Director:

Mamoru Oshii

Writer:

Mamoru Oshii
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When a terrorist attack is blamed on the Air Force, Special Vehicle Unit 2 gets caught in the middle of a growing political conflict.

Director: Mamoru Oshii
Stars: Mîna Tominaga, Briony Glassco, Julie Ann Taylor
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A group of eternally young fighter pilots known as Kildren experience the sudden loss of innocence as they battle the enemy in astonishing dogfights above the clouds.

Director: Mamoru Oshii
Stars: Rinko Kikuchi, Ryo Kase, Shôsuke Tanihara
Comedy | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A surreal science fiction noir involving a man trapped in a future where seemingly everyone is a government spy and all-night noodle stands are outlawed.

Director: Mamoru Oshii
Stars: Shigeru Chiba, Machiko Washio, Hideyuki Tanaka
Animation | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The screwball cops of Special Vehicles Section 2 Division 2 must investigate and stop a spree of rampaging construction robots.

Director: Mamoru Oshii
Stars: Toshio Furukawa, David Jarvis, Doug Erholtz
Angel's Egg (1985)
Animation | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A mysterious young girl wanders a desolate, otherworldly landscape, carrying a large egg.

Director: Mamoru Oshii
Stars: Mako Hyôdô, Jinpachi Nezu, Kei'ichi Noda
Patlabor: Early Days (TV Series 1988)
Animation | Short | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The adventures of a giant robot police force unit.

Stars: Mîna Tominaga, Toshio Furukawa, Michihiro Ikemizu
Sci-Fi | Animation | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two police detectives and SV2 investigate a series of mysterious acts of deadly destruction occuring in and around Tokyo Bay.

Directors: Takuji Endo, Fumihiko Takayama
Stars: Katsuhiko Watabiki, Hiroaki Hirata, Atsuko Tanaka
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The misadventures of a police robot pilot squad and its support crew in a futuristic Tokyo.

Stars: Jamie McGonnigal, Michael Sinterniklaas, Ami Shukla
Maroko II (1990)
Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Director: Mamoru Oshii
Stars: Masako Katsuki, Toshio Furukawa, Ken'ichi Ogata
Violence Jack (1986–1990)
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In a hell-torn Japan, where motorcycle gangs and violence overrun the country; one man named Violence Jack stands up to it all. He fights violence with violence.

Stars: Issei Futamata, Bob Sessions, William Roberts
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The war against the Tokugawa Shogunate ended years ago. But there are some who are not happy with the outcome. Takimi Shigure watched his friends and family get cut down in the name of ... See full summary »

Director: Tsuji Hajiki
Stars: Mayo Suzukaze, J. Shanon Weaver, Miki Fujitani
Stray Dogs (1991)
Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The Metropolitan Police's ultimate crime-fighting unit was an elite squad of men and women known as the Kerberos. Refusing an order from the government officials to disarm led to a riot ... See full summary »

Director: Mamoru Oshii
Stars: Yoshikazu Fujiki, Eaching Sue, Takashi Matsuyama
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shigeru Chiba ... Rei Maruwa
Tomoko Ishimura Tomoko Ishimura ... Tamiko Kobayashi
Fumihiko Tachiki ... Gen Handawara
Yoshikazu Fujiki Yoshikazu Fujiki ... Jiro Itano
Keishi Hunt Keishi Hunt ... Kazumaro Ito
Takashi Matsuyama Takashi Matsuyama ... Toshiki Tahara
Natsumi Sasaki Natsumi Sasaki ... Chie Sasaki
Hisayoshi Izaki Hisayoshi Izaki ... Hiroshi Kitakubo
Koichi Asuka Koichi Asuka ... Shoichi Yamashita (as Masaya Kato)
Zenchû Mitsui Zenchû Mitsui ... Yasuo Handa
Mayumi Tanaka ... Shijimi Shiba
Kei Mayama Kei Mayama ... Aya Yasuda
Kujira Kujira ... Tsuya Yasuda
Hiroko Kaneko Hiroko Kaneko ... Secretary
Shô Nobushi Shô Nobushi ... Shinichi Unoyama
Edit

Storyline

A revered director with an obscure style, Rei Maruwa, has gone missing during the production of his latest animated feature, Talking Head. With the deadline approaching and next to no progress made, the producer calls in a "shadow director" with the ability to mimic any director's style. Arriving at the studio, he begins meeting with the eccentric crew members in order to understand the project, but soon they begin dying in the same order that he met up with them.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Bandai Entertainment

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 October 1992 (Japan) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

I: The situation couldn't have been any worse. The work continued to stagnate. The staff members were dropping off because of the mysterious serial killer. And, hiding something important, Tamiko, my assistant, was probably keeping a watch over me. And, it's possible because of his obsession with the production, Handawara came back as a zombie. With those two as my team, I had to complete the unidentifiable movie.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A necessary watch for ANYONE studying film
30 May 2012 | by meteoraxvSee all my reviews

'Talking Head' is a necessary watch for ANYONE studying film, or any other type of art closely related to it, for that matter. This movie has surreal elements and is high on dialogue, and thus it is probably impossible (at least it was for me) to digest everything in one sitting. It is one of those movies that HAVE to be seen at least twice to fully understand it. Quote from a character, Mr. Morita: "It's necessary to see it twice."

A lot of twists and turns can be seen. A lot weirdness can be enjoyed. I especially like scenes in the little van that doesn't move.

Good watch, it definitely could've been a bit shorter though. You can easily lose your attention. You'll definitely miss a few lines. You might even fall asleep. Not all movies can pull off being 2+ hours long. 7*


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed