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Tekkonkinkreet [UMD Mini for PSP] [2006] [US Import]


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  • Actors: Kazunari Ninomiya, Yû Aoi, Yûsuke Iseya, Kankurô Kudô, Min Tanaka
  • Directors: Michael Arias
  • Writers: Anthony Weintraub, Taiyo Matsumoto
  • Producers: Eiichi Kamagata, Eiko Tanaka, Fumio Ueda, Masao Teshima, Mikio Ono
  • Format: Animated, Colour, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TGCR42
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 463,303 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

From Amazon.co.uk

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, Amazon.com

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A. Maine on 13 Oct 2007
Format: DVD
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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By P. White on 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.
Genius!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. A. MCHUGH on 10 May 2008
Format: Blu-ray
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frances E. Barer on 6 Nov 2007
Format: DVD
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cerberus on 19 Jan 2008
Format: Blu-ray
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Argenio on 25 April 2009
Format: DVD
I bought this DVD with a gift token and it was purchased as a filler to make up the full value of the gift. I had read a couple of reviews on Amazon and was left intrigued but in no way was purchasing this film very high on my list of priorities. Some Anime titles become so hyped that they can never meet your expectations and I include Paprika and Origins in this category. Whilst they are both good films neither are great nor deserving of five stars.

So having approached this film with an air of indifference, I am delighted to say that this film is excellant. I won't describe the plot or the themes as they are available to read elsewhere but what makes this film so good is the characterization of the brothers Black and White and the loving bond that exists between them. Yes there are weaknesses in the story and the pacing. Yes the principal Bad-guy, Snake's origins and motives could have been explained but these are minor shortcomings.

I am first and foremost a film fan and I continue to watch and love many Anime films and my only regret with this film is that I will not be able to sit and watch it with my two young daughters.

Anime like all art, film, music divides opinion and Tekkonkinkreet will be no different. If you enjoy animation then I urge you to seek out this film for the following reasons:

Excellant voice work on all the principal characters
Music by Plaid that fits like a glove
Stunning cityscapes of urban-baroque decay beautifully 3D rendered
Heartwarming story.
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