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Cyberpunk Review » Metropolis (2001)
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Comments

February 9, 2006

Terminal Reality said:

Metropolis is one of the most stunning animes that I have ever seen. However, it’s obivous that some both visually and thematically aspects of it are heavily influenced by Fritz Leng’ Metropolis.

SFAM said:

It does actually have a few elements (come to think of this, I should have mentioned them in my review - I may update it). The central tower, the Ziggurat, clearly has the look. For themes, the idea of a corporately controlled society that is captivated by an android chick certainly is quite similar as well. The love story aspect is similar but different in many ways. But there are quite a few things that are significantly different as well.

February 11, 2006

Simonf said:

Osamu Tezuka claims he had never seen Metropolis at the time he was working on his story and that the poster for Langs film was the only influence. Make of that what you will…

Simonf said:

I did a bit more research and it seems that Hayashi Shigeyuki who directed Metropolis added in a whole bunch of extra stuff that wasn’t in the original manga, such as the class struggle and the set designs from Fritz Lang’s original film. So it wasn’t written as a remake but it more or less became one in it’s translation to film.

SFAM said:

Hi Simonf, that sounds about right. It certainly far more similar visually to Metropolis than it is thematically. It really is a completely different story, even with a few similarities.

January 10, 2007

Steve Gilman said:

I absolutely loved this movie. I thought it was astounding, and this is why. It’s very dynamic, it begins with a lot of subtle hostilities in the background and just opens and opens and explodes into this movie that you had no idea was coming. It’s weird, because the animation is a little cartoonie and kidsy and you’re like, “ok this is going to be a kiddie movie”, but the movie becomes more and more serious, and the contrast becomes shocking and tragic, seeing falls from innocence, grief, blissful ignorance being lost, and even death. This is especially affecting because you really grow to absolutely love and feel for the characters, and absolutely loath and hate the antagonists, it’s a real contrast of such angelic good, and such despicable evil. The environment that they create is so immense and enthralling, it’s completely astounding the way they create this city, which is the biggest city in the world, and slowly reveal more and more of it until you realize it’s not as beautiful as you thought - the vertical caste system, the oppression and mistreatment of servants, both human and robot. The people and atmosphere are kinda made like 1920’s era - fashions, old street lamps, blimps, even characters that are drawn and animated as they might have been at that time (think old mickey mouse eyes) - but this is done on purpose. Images of old rotary phones and a nest of wires rigged into some advanced technology and extravagance in the face of so much poverty gives you a sense that these people might not yet be ready to handle the responsibility that comes with the power that technology can provide.

January 16, 2007

SFAM said:

Hi Steve, that’s a wonderful post! You should be doing movie reviews! Seriously, I’d like to add your comments above if you’re interested.

May 15, 2007

jude said:

your move is very good.. i like it.. hehehe

June 25, 2007

MiNGo_GO said:

It’s the best movie that I saw

November 13, 2007

reaperking-q said:

This movie is so cool Tima is the coolest girl ever

May 14, 2008

daniel said:

cel ma rumos film pe care l-am vazut

February 11, 2009

Anonymous said:

wow this movie roxs

April 5, 2009

PinkyHellbitch said:

I just gotta say that it is awesome !
^-^ I totally love it !

June 16, 2011

Chr1s said:

Hi, thanks for putting me on to this anime - it was great, especially the cityscape and the soundtrack. However, your plot summary seems to be a little confused - did we watch different versions/translations?

April 29, 2013

Avtomat said:

How is this movie deep and “exploring the nature of humanity”? This kind of morale has been done hundreds of times before and the script is completely cliche and childish. I’d rather watch Akira or GITS: Innocence.

September 15, 2013

Sa7Ke said:

Awesome movie, i recommends to all anime lovers to watch

April 18, 2014

Aaron said:

I liked this movie too. I am a big fan of Rintaro. Notice the extended scenes of floating bodies which Rintaro did in Galaxy Express 999. I’ve seen this and 999 in a theater and the image of bodies floating in space covering an entire theater screen is incredible.
The song at the end “I Can’t Stop Loving You” is a reference to the collapse of the old-style Japanese anime industry.

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