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Tekkonkinkreet 2007 R CC

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, 50 minutes

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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 Ôshima, Yûki Tamaki, Mayumi Yamaguchi, Harumi Asai, Atsushi Imaizumi, Bryan Burton Lewis, Tôru Nara, Shunsuke Mizutani
Studio Destination Films
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By Luca Vitale on September 22, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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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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HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN since your imagination and heart has been captured by a film? If it's been a while, check out "Tekkonkinkreet" ("Treasure Town") from first time director Michael Arias. This is animation for adults at its best. Visuals are striking, the sound dynamic and genuine, characterization is breathtaking - but you will have to bring along your imagination.

Old city citizens, especially those who long to preserve the historic areas of their town, might find a touchstone here. The complex story is based on a manga (graphic novel series) from Taiyo Matsumoto that Arias picked up when he moved to Japan some 17 years ago. The central theme deals with change and how a long established city, such as Tokyo, cannot expand except by tearing down its old structures and neighborhoods. As Arias roamed his new city, he would frequently chance onto a beloved building demolished for new construction.

Arias, who has worked in film - primarily creating computer graphics for films like "The Abyss," "Animatrix" and "Princess Mononoke" - said it was "Tekkonkinkreet" that moved him to step into the director's position.

The story evolves around the brilliantly colorful ghetto world of two orphaned street brothers, Black and White. Black is the smart, older kid, a survivor intent on taking care of the younger child, White. White is a special charmer, lost in a much younger child's dream world. A developer, Mr. Snake, plans to demolish Treasure Town to build a theme park along the scale of Disneyland or Busch Gardens. He allies with the local yakuza to accomplish this, creating a rift between a profit-loving godfather and a traditional mobster who loves the neighborhood. A pair of sympathetic detectives and other street folk help and hinder as "Treasure Town" unfolds.
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