Tekkonkinkreet (English Subtitled) 2007 R

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(127) IMDb 7.7/10

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 ...

Starring:
Kazunari Ninomiya, Yû Aoi
Runtime:
1 hour 51 minutes

Tekkonkinkreet (English Subtitled)

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Product Details

Genres Adventure, Action
Director Michael Arias
Starring Kazunari Ninomiya, Yû Aoi
Supporting actors Yûsuke Iseya, Kankurô Kudô, Min Tanaka, Rokurô Naya, Tomomichi Nishimura, Mugihito, Nao Ômori, Yoshinori Okada, Kazuko Kurosawa, Tomoko Murakami, Miyuki Ohshima, Yuki Tamaki, Mayumi Yamaguchi, Harumi Asai, Atsushi Imaizumi, Bryan Burton Lewis, Tôru Nara, Shunsuke Mizutani
Studio Destination Films
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

When I first saw this movie I was like this looks really dumb.
Donna L. Fox
If you haven't seen Tekkon Kinkreet then you are missing one of the best anime ever.
Dyon Martin
The art is beautiful, the story is engaging, and the characters are endearing.
Antonio D. Paolucci

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Luca Vitale on 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 By Antonio D. Paolucci on 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 By J. A Carty on 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 By P. J. Heffernan on 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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