Japan, 2001, 108 min, 35mm, Dir. Rintaro, Rated PG-13, Japanese with English Subtitles, Sony Pictures
"A hallucinatory tour de force of color, perspective and scale, virtually encapsulates the history of Japanese animation.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times
One is hard pressed to find another film created by such a dream team of Japanese auteurs: based on a manga by legendary artist Osamu Tezuka (itself inspired by Fritz Lang’s seminal film of the same name), directed by the renowned Rintaro with a screenplay by Katsuhiro Otomo (of Akira fame), and animated by the prolific Madhouse studio, Metropolis is a quintessential gem of this medium. Private detective Shunsaku travel with his nephew Kenichi to the futuristic city of Metropolis in search of a renegade scientist. Unbeknownst to him, the unofficial leader of Metropolis, Duke Red, has hired the scientist to build an advanced life-like robot named Tima whom he plans to seat upon the recently built Ziggurat that will give her total control of the city – and, eventually, the world. Every frame of the film is full of detail and “sheer visual density and sensory stimulus” as A.O. Scott says, going so far as to claim that “the dream world of Metropolis is so intricate, so sublime, that the ordinary world seems to be the one missing a dimension.” Along with these visuals is an equally stunning jazz soundtrack that features Ray Charles’ “I Can’t Stop Loving You” during the explosive climax.
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