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Created by celebrated animé master Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira, Roujin Z), MEMORIES consists of three dazzling stories, each delivered with its own astonishing style. Magnetic Rose, directed by Koji Morimoto (Animatrix) based on a manga short by Otomo, concerns two space travellers following a distress signal drawn into a magnificent world created by one woman's memories. In director Tensai Okamura's (Wolf's Rain) 'stink Bomb, a young chemist accidentally transforms himself into an unstoppable biological weapon set on a direct course for Tokyo. Otomo's own Cannon Fodder depicts a day in the life of a city whose entire purpose is the firing of cannons at an unknown enemy.
Although these three shorts were made to be shown together, they have little in common beside lavish production values. In "Magnetic Rose," a two-bit salvage rig answers an SOS in deep space from the palatial ship of a former opera diva. Koji Morimoto (Fly Peek!) blends shimmering visuals and snatches of Puccini, turning the derelict vessel into a lovely, fatal siren's song. Nerdy researcher Nobuo Tanaka takes an experimental drug and begins emitting a murderous gas in Tensai Okamura's (Kikaider) "Stink Bomb." Too silly to be scary, but too grim to be funny, it's the weakest entry. In "Cannon Fodder," Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) uses long tracking shots and an acid palette of khaki greens and faded reds to depict a militarized civilization where gargantuan machines dominate vapid little people. This brief but timely vision of the insanity of war suggests a mixture of 19th century Prussia and World War II Japan. (Rated PG-13: profanity, violence, tobacco and alcohol use) --Charles Solomon
This is a collection of three anime shorts. Each one tells a completely self contained story with no connections to the other two. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Aidan Stoneham-Stein
A masterpiece of anime, one of the best anthology films you'll find. Beautiful animation in each segment, and each story is as unique and different as the next. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Francisco Gonzalez Cruz
Classic anime. This is when everything was hand drawn and not generated by a computer.Published 5 months ago by Prometheus
I am so glad I bought this movie when I had the chance. I checked the prices and they have gone up about $20 since I purchased my copy. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Caitlin B.
Fast shipping. Giving it for Christmas I'm sure it'll go over well!Published 11 months ago by Hannah
This collection of short films is a must have for any anime fan, if you haven't seen it buy it and watch it.Published 11 months ago by Gus
Why don't you own a copy? It is fairly affordably, most of it is brilliant story telling with a unique flavor all its own, it is Scifi, it is anime that is do well drawn even your... Read morePublished 12 months ago by ML