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Metropolis (2001)

Kenichi and his uncle Shunsaku Ban must find the mystery behind robot girl Tima.
Original Title: Metoroporisu
(PG-13, 108 min.)


Saturday, April 30, 2022

8:00 PM

Brace yourself for a totally new experience in cutting-edge animation. Based on the classic comic created by Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy), written by Japanese anime legend Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) and directed by Rintaro (Galaxy Express 999), Metropolis is a spectacular film featuring stunning imagery and unforgettable characters. In the industrial, tri-level world of Metropolis, Duke Red is a powerful leader with plans to unveil a highly advanced robot named Tima. But Duke Red's violent son Rock distrusts robots, and intends to find and destroy Tima. Lost in the confusing labyrinth beneath Metropolis, Tima is beginning a friendship with the young nephew of a Japanese detective. But when Duke Red separates the two innocents, Tima's life - and the fate of the universe - is dangerously at stake. [Sony Pictures Entertainment]

Starring: Toshio Furukawa(voice), Yuka Imoto(voice)
Director: Rintaro
Language(s): Japanese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian w/ English Subtitles
Genre(s): Animation, Adventure, Drama

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"A visual masterpiece."

— Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

"Poetic, surreal, and curiously powerful."

— Jonathan Perry, Boston Globe

"One of the most beautiful animated films ever produced."

— Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine

"One of the best animated films I have ever seen."

— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"You'll be hard pressed to name a recent film with this much action, pathos, and smarts."

— Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle

"One of the most spectacular and masterly demonstrations of animation in screen history."

— Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

"The imagery with which director Rintaro brings this world to animated life is unique and captivating."

— Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News

"This muscular anime melodrama is so visually splendid that on that level alone it qualifies as a breakthrough."

— David Chute, L.A. Weekly

"A hallucinatory tour de force of color, perspective and scale, virtually encapsulates the history of Japanese animation."

— A.O. Scott, New York Times

"Science-fiction fans and adventurous filmgoers will find this ingenious explosion of retro-cyberpunk a compelling dystopian vision with a gleam of hope."

— Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"A striking Japanese manga animation, derived from the original comic book variant on Fritz Lang. This is a remarkable feat of animation from Katsuhiro Otomo and Rin Taro."

— Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

"Here is a film of staggering technical and visual virtuosity, filled with utterly amazing images, that's also entertaining and engaging for children and adults on several levels."

— Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

"Apart from its own considerable achievement, Metropolis confirms Tezuka's status as both the primary visual influence on the animé tradition and its defining philosophical conscience."

— Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star