This review is from: Redline [DVD] (DVD)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)`Redline' is a rare film in today's Japanese animation film industry because it is wholly hand drawn (rather than CG) and the stunning visuals on screen justify this audacious decision.
Redline is a racing tournament where anything goes as long as you reach the finishing line. JP is one of the drivers who guides his classic Trans-Am through the pitfalls of the course and tries to avoid the guided weapons coming his way. Sonoshee is another driver who JP is in love with and they both try to survive the onslaught coming from the leaders of Roboworld, where the final race is to take place. With corrupt gambling and ruthless opponents the race (and film) is set up for thrills and spills.
The animation is very impressive, although not as soft as the Ghibli films I particularly enjoy and this is an animation aimed squarely at an adult audience. The racing scenes are particularly well animated and once you realise this is hand drawn the backgrounds and small details stand out all the more.
There is also a `making of' documentary on the disc which sheds some light in the creative process.
I have many, many Japanese anime films in my film collection and this is a worthy addition to that collection. The attention to detail is staggering, the animation is very impressive, the story is pretty decent and the sound effects and dubbing are good as well. All in all if you are a fan of Japanese animation then this is well worth a look, it may be grittier than some films you may have already seen, but it is just as accomplished and well produced.
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