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Memories [DVD]

Koji Morimoto , Tensai Okamura    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Koji Morimoto, Tensai Okamura, Katsuhiro Otomo
  • Producers: Makoto Uamshina, Shigeru Watanabe, Shoji Yakigaya, Teruo Miyahara
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: German, Japanese, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Jun 2004
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001NIYU4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,787 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Although these three shorts were made to be shown together, they have little in common besides lavish production values. In "Magnetic Rose," a two-bit salvage rig answers an SOS in deep space from the palatial ship of a former opera diva. Koji Morimoto (Fly Peek!) blends shimmering visuals and snatches of Puccini, turning the derelict vessel into a lovely, fatal siren's song. Nerdy researcher Nobuo Tanaka takes an experimental drug and begins emitting a murderous gas in Tensai Okamura's (Kikaider) "Stink Bomb." Too silly to be scary, but too grim to be funny, it's the weakest entry. In "Cannon Fodder," Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) uses long tracking shots and an acid palette of khaki greens and faded reds to depict a militarized civilization where gargantuan machines dominate vapid little people. This brief but timely vision of the insanity of war suggests a mixture of 19th century Prussia and World War II Japan. (Rated PG-13: profanity, violence, tobacco and alcohol use) --Charles Solomon,

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Three stories by anime master Katsuhiro Otomo. 'Magnetic Rose', based on a manga short, tells the tale of two space travellers who get drawn into a woman's world of memories following a distress signal. 'Stink Bomb', directed by Tensau Okamura, follows a young chemist whose experiment has changed him into a biological weapon - set on an unstoppable course for Tokyo. 'Cannon Fodder' portrays a day in a city on which cannons are continuously fired at an unknown enemy.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three great little stories here. 17 Sep 2004
By Gaffer
These three stories are quite seperate and in no way interlinked.
The first involves a group of space "Refuse Collectors/Cleaners" who clear away old space relics. They enter an ancient abandoned craft...where a nasty fate awaits them...It's a great story (I like this one the best) in the style of a space thriller.
The second starts out as a bio-genetic science accident and turns into a comedy...good twist at the end.
The final anime has a "rougher" feel to the animation (bear in mind these were made nearly 10 years ago now), but this is intentional. It is more thought provoking and questions the (futility) of war.
Overall, you're bound to love at least one of these short films and should buy this dvd for your collection...
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I'm still pretty new to this wide new world of anime, so I can't really compare Memories to other works in the genre. I can say that it is a most interesting and impressive production made up of three very different short films from some of the leading names in anime. I don't think the visuals are quite as dazzling as that of more recent anime films, but the artistry of these three episodes certainly does help define the very different worlds in which the action takes place and demonstrates the compelling, visceral powers of anime. We have the celebrated Katsuhiro Otomo to thank for this project; each of the three films, if I'm not mistaken, was adapted from a short manga piece in Otomo's graphic novel Memories.
Episode One is Magnetic Rose, directed by Koji Morimoto of Animatrix fame. This is a beautiful, haunting tale of a most unusual space rescue mission. The crew of a space garbage collection ship responds to a distress signal from a dead part of space. Two crew members board the debris-shrouded vessel and enter a completely different world, one fueled by the memories of a beautiful young opera singer who apparently retreated to the isolation of space following a tragedy in her life. I won't pretend to have understood every thing about this story, but it is wholly captivating. The men encounter lavish rooms including opera houses and living quarters fit for a princess, holograms and other visual artifacts of "the young Madam" Eva entertaining guests and audiences, and decayed artifacts that sometimes come to life in front of their eyes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worh the price 17 Mar 2005
By Chris Morse VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This little anime, or really, 3 anime's can now be had in some bargain basements.
It did'nt get a lot of attention when it appeared, and is a strange mix.
There are three 30+min films on the disc, all very different from each other.
Magnetic Rose: Based on a manga short by Otomo, two space travellers following a distress signal are drawn into a magnificent world created by one woman's memories. (Directed by Koji Morimoto)
Stink Bomb: A young chemist accidentally transforms himself into an unstoppable biological weapon set on a direct course for Tokyo. (Directed by Tensai Okamura)
Cannon Fodder: A day in the life of a city whose entire purpose is the firing of cannons at an unknown ememy. (Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo)
Magnetic Rose has some genuinly creepy moments in it, but by the end I was loosing interest in who lived and who died. The revelation at the end was also a real non event as I had taken it for granted that it had happened anyway.
Stink Bomb was very good, and had a lot of humour in it, which does'nt usually translate very well to the west, but in this it did. I really would have liked to see more of just how they planned to stop this biological nerd.
Cannon Fodder had a very different feel to it and a very different animation style as well. The story, though I felt, had been written for just one line at the end when the little boy asks his Dad who they're firing at. The reply comes, "when your older, you'll understand".
All in all for the price this can be had for a good buy. Could easily be watched again, as most anime's can, especially if they are subtitled, as you now have a gist of the story and can sit back and enjoy the artwork more.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Trio 5 April 2005
By A Customer
This is an excellent series, the 3 stories are all intriguing, extremely well produced, and each meaningful and enjoyable in its own way.
The first story, Magnetic Rose, after repeated viewing, has become my favourite of the 3. It is beautifully presented, entrancing, and rich with symbolism. Imagine a mysterious SOS call in space transmitted as an Aria(Madame Butterfly) originating from a region known as Sargasso.
Another interesting note about this story is its 'Japanised' European setting, which is so typical of many of the Japanese Manga, grand with ostentatious gowns, decors, and furnishings.
The second story, Stink Bomb, is a hilarious parody of the singleminded, doggedness of a typical Japanese 'salary man'. Very cleverly done too.
The third story, Cannon Fodder, features a grim world of warfare and missiles. Every character in this story is grim and ugly from the environment. The teaching of warfare in school, and the little boy's enthusiastism about war, are reminiscent of the militarism in Japan leading to WW2.
This is certainly a great collection that can be watched again and again, and enjoyed even more at each subsequent viewing!
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3.0 out of 5 stars File in Corners of My Mind
Enjoyable but somewhat dated animation from three of anime's leading early exponents. Magnetic Rose is an effective 'Bermuda Triangle' tale; and Stink Bomb neatly covers... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning. A Must For Anime Fans.
An amazing collection.

The first short "Magnetic Rose" was my favourite, and in my opinion, the best. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Abi
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite DVD
Wish I had more DVDs like this, I was looking to see if it was available on Blu ray.
It takes some beating, 3 unconnected stories all of a high standard. Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2012 by Narue.S
4.0 out of 5 stars One incredible work of art, one intelligent piece of political...
Firstly, I would highly recommend this DVD to any fan of anime. I bought this because I am a huge fan of the late Satoshi Kon, who's contribution to these short films is "Magnetic... Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2011 by TheHazzaDee
4.0 out of 5 stars An animated trilogy
This DVD consists of three short films (around half an hour each). There doesn't seem to be any common theme between the three films and each has a very unique feel, even the style... Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2010 by @GeekZilla9000
4.0 out of 5 stars A victory for the underdog
I bought this for the short film by Katsuhiro Otomo as I ama massive fan of his masterpiece Akira. Surprisingly, I found Otomo's film to be by far the least satisfying fo the three... Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2009 by P. A. Glover
4.0 out of 5 stars Thinking required!
Even though I was not a huge fan of "Akira", I could see that the work Otomo did with the animation was outstanding. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2008 by Sebastian Fernandez
4.0 out of 5 stars Memories
All three of the short films featured in memories are unique and beautiful in their own way. However i did find at points (although it pains me to say it) that i wanted the story... Read more
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