Director: Rintaro Run Time: 108 min. Format: 35mm Rating: PG 13 Release Year: 2001 Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Starring: Toshio Furukawa, Scott Weinger, Yuka Imoto
If the title sounds familiar, it is… but different. Metropolis (Metoroporisu) is an retro-futurist anime film loosely based on the 1949 manga, Metropolis, that was inspired by Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic silent film Metropolis. Got it? The film draws extensively from both sources, as well as from a century’s worth of science fiction classics, for a vision of the future that’s uniquely its own.
Taking place in a super-city teeming with humans and robots alike, the story follows a young boy out to find a mysterious robot girl. Out to find the secret behind her creation, trouble pops up for the pair when they uncover a dark secret that cuts to the core of the city’s ruling class.
A technical marvel, Metropolis was created by stars in the field: renowned anime director Rintario, Akira creater Katsuhiro Otomo (scriptwriter), plus powerhouse animation studios Madhouse studios and Tezuka Productions.