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Roujin Z [DVD] [US Import] [NTSC]

Chisa Yokoyama , Toni Barry , Hiroyuki Kitakubo    DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chisa Yokoyama, Toni Barry, Shinji Ogawa, Allan Wenger, Jana Carpenter
  • Directors: Hiroyuki Kitakubo
  • Writers: Katsuhiro Ohtomo
  • Producers: Kazufumi Nomura, Laurence Guinness, Yasuhito Nomura, Yasuku Kazama, Yoshiaki Motoya
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Aug 1998
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630506251X
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,019 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Shion 2
Format:DVD
Roujin-z is an unknown film amongst most western fans of the genre,
constantly overshadowed by its creators major success, Akira.

Dont let the fact that this film isnt as often mentioned as Akira
put you off from watching it, this film is more enjoyable to watch in
most ways, and easier to relate to than Akira.

The main driving point of the film in general is the attitude that
younger generations in japan have been taking when it comes to the care
of their countries elderly, seeing the elderly as a burden to the busy life
of the modern human being and as something that can (and almost always is)
be put in the background and only really marginally provided for.

Otomo uses this point to devastating effect, stripping the main character
of his dignity and pitting him against japans own ideas on how the elderly
should be cared for, and in the process showing how truly indifferent human
beings have become to the suffering of the elderly.
And yet at the same time as the main character is showing the pitfalls of
japans attitudes towards the elderly, Otomo also shows us how one individual can make a good difference, which comes in the form of a trainee nurse who truly does care and is willing to give her time (and in one instance her life)just to
make another person feel atleast in someway happy.

There are so many different things about this film that you can read into
and find meaning in that it is hard to express them all in such a small space.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
I have watched this movie millions of times and never once frowned. This a very funny movie and the animation is smooth and very detailed. The plot is very well put together. Not to mention, I think that the heroine Haruko is kinda cute^_^.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Anime 6 Jan 2004
Format:DVD
When watching this you must understand when it is from.
This is a classic anime, from the director of Akira and Black Magic M-66, and from the era in Manga where you got greats like Ninja Scroll, Battle Angel Alita, and Madox 01.
If you liked any of those then you should like this. If you haven't heard of these then you should really look into them.
The artwork is to me classic, but to others, more fond of the CG graphics of anime today, it may seem dated.
Finally the Film itself. The story seems zany, but its very funny if you settle into it. the story is not so simple as to be childish but it doesn't take a genius to work out. That's what makes classic anime, well, classic.
One thing I must point out that has been mistranslated for years is the name. Roujin Z. Rou-Jin. It means "old man", not "plan". I believed it to be "Plan" after I watched this with the original subtitled name but this must be mistransliteration, as "plan" in japanese is in fact ke-i-ka-ku. I think this is more to do with making a valid english name rather than being true to the original, as old man Z makes no sense in english.
I really think this is well worth a watch, I've had it on video for years and have been trying to get a copy on DVD for a while now, but of course R1 DVD's aren't so easy to purchase.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you are all way off 25 May 2004
Format:DVD
maybe i remember this film with younger eyes? I remember the film now, as a subversive piece of cinema commenting on the japanese social conflict, between the historic reverence for the old (and therefore wise), and the more western ideals for youth culture. This internal conflict is studied with humour and inspired animation sequences. Of further note is the unstoppable force of technology pushing toward the horizon with good intent but unabound destruction. This bed carries an unwitting old man stripped of dignity and bodily functions to a mutual goal. The directing and production are both master strokes. Do not underestimate this forgotten film it is inspired and touching
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