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Tekkonkinkreet [Blu-ray] [2007] [US Import] [2006]

Kazunari Ninomiya , YŻ Aoi , Michael Arias    Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kazunari Ninomiya, YŻ Aoi, YŻsuke Iseya, KankurŰ KudŰ, Min Tanaka
  • Directors: Michael Arias
  • Writers: Anthony Weintraub, Taiyo Matsumoto
  • Producers: Eiichi Kamagata, Eiko Tanaka, Fumio Ueda, Masao Teshima, Mikio Ono
  • Format: AC-3, Animated, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English, Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TGCR3S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,120 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Tekkonkinkreet is a landmark in the increasing cross-pollination between Japanese and American animation: Based on a manga by Taiyo Matsumoto, the film was made in Japan at Studio 4C, but directed by American Michael Arrias. The story unfolds in Treasure Town, a scabrous metropolitan slum so gritty it makes the viewer want to clean under his fingernails. Orphans White and Black share an existence at the fringes of an already marginalized subculture. White seems naive, if not learning disabled: at 11, he can't tie his shoes or dress himself. But he has an uncanny sixth sense about what's happening in Treasure Town. Older, streetwise Black looks after White and receives the emotional support he needs in return: they're two halves of a damaged whole. The arrival of a murderous yakuza boss who wants to demolish Treasure Town and build an amusement park draws Black and White into an escalating spiral of physical and emotional violence. Although the ending of Tekkonkinkreet feels needlessly obscure, it's a striking and often powerful film from a first-time director. (Contains violence, grotesque imagery, brief nudity, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon,

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Anime Film I've Ever Seen! 13 Oct 2007
Simply amazing, emotional, heart wrenched beautifully written adaption.. loved every second! So much to take in, set in an amazing world of dark and good two brothers live homeless as orphans, one takes on the 'duty' of saviour of the town but at the same time has the responsibility of a younger sibling. Is his competition too much.

A very well constructed piece of anime you feel some aspects of reality.. I'm not a fan of manga or 'action' anime as such and have watched all the Studio Ghibli collection, I can quite easily say this has now topped my anime collection, you wont want to miss this one!! I would say this isn't for a very young audience but pref 12+
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning piece of work. 24 Feb 2008
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I'm very fond a Japanese anime but (to my shame) this title had eluded me. I bought it primarily because it's one of the first animations on Blu-Ray and I was curious to assess the image quality. Well you live and learn: this film is extraordinary in the extreme. It's appears to be a simple tale of two boys living and surviving on the streets of a run down Japanese town but it becomes far more than that. Their names are 'Black' and 'White' and I would urge you to consider yin & yang at this point.
The animation is amazing. There's so much detail in each frame that I wanted to frame (as in wooden) most of them. Sometimes the animation is deliberately simplistic but it all blends and builds magnificently. The high-definition really brings this out and any lover of anime will be drooling at this one.
This is now one of my top 5 films and that's really saying something because I'm 43 years old and I've seen a lot of movies. I don't impress easily. If you like anime then just buy this, a no-brainer. If you like a thoughtful and interesting (but at times surreal) story then also buy this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This film is a MASTERPIECE 10 May 2008
I bought this and Paprika as my first two Blu-Ray movies ever. I'm not a fan of Anime at all but after this film I'll definitely seek out a few others.

Tekkonkinkreet is a piece of art, everything seems to be done to perfection, the story is emotional and touching, yet it has enough action to keep anyone satisfied. The animation is beautiful, I was sat watching this film amazed at every second wondering how they made it look so good!

This films a definite keeper and I'll be sure to watch it many many times more, I'm sure it'll appeal to watchers of all ages, even family viewing, just be wary of some of the violence in it. ;)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I could not recommend this anymore to a fan of Animation be it western or Japanese anime as this is a work of art and hats off to Michael Arias and all the others that pulled this off also check out the Manga that it's based on also called TEKKONKINKREET that is written and drawn by Taiyo Matsumoto ( amazon sell the re-released version as it happens )and you will see just where the odd style artwork came from.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Animation 26 Dec 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Before purchasing this title from Amazon UK, I had already watched it for, at least, 2 times.

So I knew it was good.

I've watched tons of anime and this one is amazing - very well written with a great story development; realistic and fantastical at the same time. You'll be blown away by the amount of details and the thought behind them. The characters have simple clothes (that change everyday!), but the backgrounds, the city, everything is alive, moving, and believable. You can find complex, real personalities within every face you'll see. The style is very distinctive and unique, without the now-regular big eyed faces that would change the spotlight - since this film is more about what's happening than the shiny looks. The animation itself is very fluid, with either action scenes or daily-life situations. Everything happens for a reason, even if you don't get it right away, and you can expect rage, nostalgia and panic from the little guys on the screen. Expect some funny moments too.

I recommend it to anyone who wants to spend their time with something worthwhile.
One of my top favourites, no doubt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre, stylish! 30 Sep 2009
The first thing you'll notice about Tekkonkinkreet is the animation. This really is a case of subject and style blending together perfectly, as the vibrant, jittery animation matches the wild natures of the main characters to a tee. The story is adequate, but takes something of a second place to the sheer exuberance of the action. It explores its themes nicely and helps set up the mood, but the real showstopper is the way the conflicts it contains is brought to life in sequences that sometimes border on the psychedelic without ever bringing you out of the narrative.
Perhaps a little too 'out there' for frequent repeat viewings, but a jewel in any animated movie collection nonetheless.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't regret it 11 Aug 2009
What else can be said? Brilliant.

Easily an all-time personal favourite, everything about it is classy and original. The characters are engaging and entertaining, the plot is thoughtful and intricate, the visuals are cutting edge and mesmerizing, the music is cool and modern- what more could you want?

I will advise to keep watching it, for some reason upon first watching it I lost interest but I blame tiredness. It is a superb show.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spectacular 6 Nov 2007
this is a truly wonderful film! the animation is absolutely perfect for the feel, and the graphics are great!
it features talents such as Ninomiya Kazunari and Aoi Yu, with music by Japanese rock band 'Asian Kung-Fu Generation', and British electronic Duo 'Plaid'.
bassed on the 1993 manga by Taiyō Matsumoto, the story is situated in a town that's falling to pieces. Kids roam the streets tearing things up, while Yakuza help support the powers of the place. amongst all this, two kids, Shiro (white) and Kuro (Black) are getting by through petty theft, when things begin to become more complicated than they could have ever imagined, with the Yakuza backing the plans for Treasure Towns reconstruction, and 3 immensely powerful guys at their command.
their relationship is but through the test, and it's a wonderful tie to the Chinese mythology of Ying and Yang (not get me wrong, this is by NO MEANS a Yaoi or shonen-ai).

i highly recommend this film! it's not in a conventional 'manga' style anime, and though the story-line is rather simple, it's enticing, and pulls you into their characters lives very quickly - it even made me cry a couple of times ^^;
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