Metropolis is a great city of the future where persons and robots co-exist. The civilization has reached another stage and societies are absolutely segmented. It is in this setting that detective Shunsaku Ban and his partner Kenichi are looking for Dr Laughton. They want to arrest the scientist and, also, to seize Tima, a young robot developed by him. The two detectives, however, did not expect that Dr Laughton would be protected by a powerful man who is trying to settle accounts with the past. Metropolis is based on Japanese comics by Osamu Tezuka, one of the most important comic-strip draughtsmen in Japan. The script is by Katsuhiro Otomo, internationally known for his cartoon Akira. —São Paulo International Film Festival
Rintaro, one of the most famous Japanese anime directors, began his career as a seventeen-year-old animator for the Toei Animation Studio. In the early 1960s he began working for Mushi Productions and under the pseudonym Rintaro (his real name is Shigeyuki Hayashi) animated many TV series. Starting in 1971, he began working as a freelancer and became known as one of the best directors of TV anime. In the1980s and 90s he directed more for the big screen. His most important films include Ginga tetsudô Three-Nine (Galaxy Express 999, 1979), Sayônara, ginga tetsudô Surî-Nain: Andromeda shûchakueki (Adieu, Galaxy Express 999, 1981), Kamui no ken (The Blade of Kamui, 1985), Teito monogatari (Doomed Megalopolis, 1991), X (1996), Metoroporisu (Metropolis, 2001) and Yonayona pengin (Yona Yona Penguin, 2009). —Film programmes
When I started watching this movie, I immediately had a love/hate relationship with the animation style. I love the way the city of Metropolis is depicted, but tenaciously resent how some people look, notably the politicians and the private detective. Furthermore, the (kind of) love story between Tima and Kenichi is very touching, although it is yet another Japanese human/android love. I definitely enjoyed this film!
Everything in this movie is right where it should be: Amazing animation and visuals, nice music, great plot, very emotional moments, likable characters and a story with political and social themes with a more or less cyberpunk atmosphere. I loved how dark it gets in the second half and despite that the ending´s build up was really intense and tragic, I would had liked a better conclusion. Everything else is excellent