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Tekkonkinkreet

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From the creators of Animatrix comes this visually-stunning new anime film based on a popular Japanese manga written by Taiyo Matsumoto. In Treasure Town, where the moon smiles and young boys can fly, life can be both gentle and brutal. This is never truer than for our heroes, Black and White, two street urchins who watch over the city, doing battle with an array of old-world Yakuza and alien assassins vying to rule the decaying metropolis. Tekkon Kinkreet is a dynamic tale of brotherhood that addresses the faults of present day society, true love lost, and the kindness of the human heart.

A brutal elegy for our changing times as well as a tour-de-force of visual artistry, Tekkon Kinkreet is a deeply resonant story with a heart. The title Tekkonkinkreet is a play on the Japanese words for 'concrete,' 'iron,' and 'muscle,' and it suggests the warring images of steel and concrete cities amassing against the powers of the imagination. Until now, at least in imports abroad, anime style has almost entirely been characterized by wide-eyed heroes, big robots, and uninspired plotting. Tekkon Kinkreet jettisons these stereotypes in favor of a more realistic, European ethos, successfully incorporating engaging child characters and a complex action plot into a poetic, engaging story.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 204966116
UPC 043396190689
UPC 14 00043396190689
Format DVD
Release Date 9/21/2010
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Cast & Crew
Anthony Weintraub - Screenplay
Eiichi Kamagata, et. al. - Producer
Michael Arias - Director
Nao Omori - Voice Of
Plaid - Original Music By
Sanchu Mori - Voice Of
Shinji Kimura - Art Director
Taiyo Matsumoto - Based On Comic Books By
Yoshinori Okada - Voice Of
Yu Aoi - Voice Of
Reviews
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review First-time director Michael Arias's Tekkonkinkreet is an anime with all the usual strengths and weaknesses that characterize Japanese animation...It's conceptually bold, fast-paced, and skillfully combines old-fashioned comic book heroism with modern concerns about technology and its dehumanizing effects. It's also vague and confusing, and suffers horribly by comparison to American studio animation in terms of precision and texture. The movie will probably play better on home video than it does on the big screen...In the most extreme action and dream sequences Tekkonkinkreet's weaknesses become strengths--the abstract faces and locales feel hallucinatory and vivid rather than vague. Since the movie more or less abandons all pretense of naturalism somewhere around its midpoint, in the end the expressionistic frenzy of light, movement, and color that takes over is enough to make it worth seeing.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Jim Hemphill
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), French, Subtitled, English, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com ...thoroughly mind-blowing, and the film's visual sensibility is utterly distinctive.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News As intriguing and unusual as its title...bursts with enough ideas for three movies.
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