Tekkonkinkreet

  • 12
  • Michael Arias (2006)
  • Jpn (SUB)
  • 106 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Visually gorgeous but narratively uneven, this manga-based urban fantasy from debuting director Michael Arias is a frequently mesmerising affair. The first feature-length Japanese anime to be made by an American, it sets an overlong story of friendship, devotion and childhood imagination against beautifully detailed cityscapes that leave you swooning at their technical virtuosity. Unfortunately, the violent and episodic events themselves aren't as impressive, becoming increasingly sprawling and off-puttingly surreal, as two street urchins, Black and White, try to stop the yakuza and their allies from turning their decaying home into an amusement park. The looser the scripting gets, the more the film's intricacies and emotion start to wash over you, sadly diluting its poignancy and appeal.

Plot Summary

Animated action adventure. Two orphans with mysterious powers battle thugs, aliens and the yakuza on the streets of Treasure Town, but face a new foe when their city is threatened by a mysterious corporation.

Cast and crew

Cast

Kuro / Itachi
Kazunari Ninomiya
Shiro
Yu Aoi
Kimura
Yusuke Iseya
Sawada
Kankuro Kudo
Suzuki
Min Tanaka

Crew

Director
Michael Arias

Other Information

Language: 
Japanese +subtitles
Colour
Available on DVD and BluRay
Certificate 12
Distributor:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Categories
Drama

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