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Tekkon Kinkreet (2007)

Kazunari Ninomiya , Yű Aoi , Michael Arias  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kazunari Ninomiya, Yű Aoi, Yűsuke Iseya, Kankurô Kudô, Min Tanaka
  • Directors: Michael Arias
  • Writers: Anthony Weintraub, Taiyo Matsumoto
  • Producers: Eiichi Kamagata, Eiko Tanaka, Fumio Ueda, Masao Teshima, Mikio Ono
  • Format: AC-3, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: English, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TGCR3I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,074 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tekkon Kinkreet" on IMDb

Special Features

  • A Conversation with Director Michael Arias and British Rock Band Plaid
  • Filmmaker Commentary
  • The Making of Tekkon - Director Michael Arias' 300 Day Diary

Editorial Reviews

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Tekkonkinkreet (2006) is a landmark in the increasing cross-pollination between Japanese and American animation: Based on a manga by Taiyo Matsumoto, the film was made in Japan at Studio 4C, but directed by American Michael Arrias. The story unfolds in Treasure Town, a scabrous metropolitan slum so gritty it makes the viewer want to clean under his fingernails. Orphans White and Black share an existence at the fringes of an already marginalized subculture. White seems naive, if not learning disabled: at 11, he can't tie his shoes or dress himself. But he has an uncanny sixth sense about what's happening in Treasure Town. Older, streetwise Black looks after White and receives the emotional support he needs in return: They're two halves of a damaged whole. The arrival of a murderous yakuza boss who wants to demolish Treasure Town and build an amusement park draws Black and White into an escalating spiral of physical and emotional violence. Although the ending of Tekkonkinkreet feels needlessly obscure, it's a striking and often powerful film from a first-time director. (Rated R: violence, grotesque imagery, brief nudity, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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In Treasure Town, life can be both gentle and brutal. This is never truer than for our heroes, Black and White, 2 Street urchins who watch over the city, doing battle with an array of old-world Yakuza and alien assassins vying to rule the decaying metropo

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best anime films I`ve seen in years. September 22, 2007
Format:DVD
This is the film adaptation of what might be the best graphic novel I`ve ever read. There are no words to describe how much I love the original comic book so I attended the North American premiere of Tekkon Kinkreet at the Moma in NY with high expectations.
Not only did the movie not fail to meet them but in fact added exciting and unexpected layers to the story. I am an animator; I`m rarely satisfied with the technical aspects of most animated features but the production on Tekkon is flawless. The animation, character design, backgrounds and camera work are all top notch. The two main characters are rendered in all their complexity and the movie doesn't shy away from the deep implications that the original story holds within its pages.
The movie is faithful to the comic book and the storyline is basically the same. However, Michael Arias and studio 4C were sometimes inventive, albeit in appropriate and creative ways. The new uniforms of the three warriors that Snake sends to kill Black and White are beautiful and reminiscent of a Moebius illustration- the final confrontation between Black and the two remaining warriors is held in the amusement park instead of the car-shelter site (which makes room for new dynamic shots) - but my favorite shift from the original material has to be the minotaur sequence. A lot of people complained that the movie is not as daring as Mind Game (studio 4C`s previous adventure into full length features) but I disagree - the animation gets very experimental during the minotaur scene showing the thin line between reality and Black's violence saturated subconscious. I loved the way they communicated the internal struggle by using the graphic language of animation alone.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Anime October 7, 2007
Format:DVD
If you like Akira (Special Edition) or Ghost in the Shell, and thought they were true masterpieces despite their ambiguous style of storytelling, then you'll love Tekkon Kinkreet. It's as true an anime as there ever was: it follows its own style of storytelling, it has interesting, even endearing characters, and the art is just beautiful. It sits comfortably next to some of the best anime ever to come to the States.

Tekkon Kinkreet follows two young boys, known around the city as the Cats, but to each other they are Black and White. Black is a brooding, violent youngster with a gift for taking pain and dishing it out. White is, simply, special; he's empathic, enjoys life, and has a deep sense of when things aren't right. He also seems to be magically gifted. That gift, however, has left White an innocent boy, incapable of growing up and acting his age; that's why Black feels obligated to protect the young boy, and the that means eliminating any possible threat to him and White, as well as the city in which they live. Thus, these two have a few enemies, including the Yakuza, some strange and powerful alien assassins, and a mysterious creature known by the youth in the city as the "Minotaur." All the while, the two are continually robbing and mugging those within their city so that they can achieve White's dream of living in a house on a beach....

Yeah, interesting, I know. But what makes the story of Tekkon Kinkreet that much better is the surreality of the whole thing. It doesn't try to explain much; it doesn't have to.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Film with a Thought Provoking Story October 18, 2007
Format:DVD
I was not familiar with the story behind this anime before watching it, but now I want to locate the manga and delve even more into the story because the world of Tekkon Kinkreet is amazing.

The animators used a combination of digital and hand drawn art to create this wonderful anime. I won't do a plot summary, but the story is engaging. There are portions of the film that are quite slow, but why the story at these parts may be developing there is still so much visually to look at.

This is a beautiful film with a great story. The extras are worth a watch and some are subtitled for those of us who only understand words like "Thank you" in Japanese.

Well worth a view for anyone who is a fan of more thinking anime such as the Ghibli films and Akira. I would caution parents as there are some mature themes dealing with violence and the reality of good and evil. I would suggest for about 14 and above.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Giant Step in Animation Excellence! September 28, 2007
Format:DVD
Animation-phenomenal, Music-mind blowing, Story-interesting, Characters- compelling, Sound quality -excellent. Fans of Le Parkour are gonna love this one. I personally saw this film as a giant leap in Anime. It has unbelievable action and yet it remains a very human story. It is emotional yet gritty and tough. I enjoyed the characters White (Shiro) and Black (Karo) and their duality. It was a modern tale of taoist wizardry with a street edge that is rarely seen in this type of feature. The backrounds are a primary character as well. I have never seen such attention to detail in any amimation period. Worth every penny.
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Bizarre. Grotesque. Confusing. A year in the lives of two street kids. The story involves the attempt from several factions to take over the metropolis of Takaramachi. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Einsatz
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible bluray but no japanese audio withoutsubtitles...
I think they put 2 video files instead subtitle files, so u cant watch in japanese without subtitles... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lucas Ogasawara
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Most of the time book to movie adaptations don't usually stay too accurate, but this is almost panel to panel. This movie made me a lifetime fan of 4c.
Published 1 month ago by bankrupt steve
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie
This is one of the best love stories ever told.

It's about the love between two brothers, each embodying a side of us that we all have, each vastly different from the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Minah
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favorite movies
The movie came in three days after I ordered it that's pretty quick for my very first purchase.I enjoy the back stories behind some of the characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lawlimine
2.0 out of 5 stars Pointless
I hated It, the end is stupid. What is the point of seperating the kids in the first time ? and how did the area become peacful even after the death of the guy who is about to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Saleh Alabdullah
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
A long time ago a friend of mine showed me this movie and I instantly fell in love. I had to have everything tekkonkinkreet and when this came I probably watched it about 30 times. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amber M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Drawing was simple and unique
Well the plot started out great and then it got confusing. Someone had a open mind when they created this one. The color was bright. The price was even better. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ibleroy37
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr.Eggroll Like dis yoo
This movie was just wow. Like fo' realz doe.
Animation: 9.5/10
Story: 9.5/10
Music: 10/10
Characters: 10/10
Chances of rewatch: 8/10

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Published 3 months ago by Mreggroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent
Fantastic anime! The story makes you want to watch it again and the amazing illustrations make treasure town come to life and capture you in multiple intimate moments. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carlo Cazares
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