|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Yu Aoi, Yusuke Iseya, Kankuro Kudo, Sanchu Mori, Masahiro Motoki, Kazunari Ninomiya, Yoshinori Okada, Nao Omori|
|Genres:||Animated, Anime, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, World Cinema|
|Run time:||1 hour 46 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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simply exqusiteBy a customer from Scotland , 16 Dec 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]i didnt know much about this movie when i rented it, id saw a review in a magazine give it 5 stars and that was enough for me. they were not wrong. this movie is awesome. its so exquisite, the story is multilayered and engrossing and the animation is second to none. they have truly created a magnificant world in this movie with such intrecate details throughout. every scene is full of so much detail and imagination that brings the whole thing to life. it is incredible to watch. the characters are fleshed out well and are truly likeable, well obviously not the 'bad guys' who were suitably dislikable. when i finished watching it and the credits rolled, i immediately felt giddy and couldnt wait to watch it again to see some of the details id missed first time round. its definately one of my favourite movies of all time. dont rent it... BUY IT. you wont regret it.
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Am I the only person who wasn't blown away by this?By JafarIqbal (97 reviews) from London , 24 Oct 2013Black and White, two brothers, claim to own Treasure Town, the city where they live. Life is both peaceful and violent here, ruled by the stray Cats who act as they please. But things spiral out of control for Black and White when they are forced to defend themselves (and their city) from not only the Yakuza but a dark, more sinister and supernatural evil. A lot was said about Tekkonkinkreet, which is why I thought it would be a good movie to see. My knowledge of Japanese animation is limited (Studio Ghibli is as far as it stretches, really), so this was meant to be an opportunity to expand my horizons. So I was a little let down. I was really wanting this film to blow my mind; instead, it was somewhat average and nothing else. Its not a bad film by any means. The story is a strong one, and I liked how the supernatural elements of the film were integrated with the gritty reality. That was never jarring and, frankly, animated films allow you to suspend disbelief with so much more ease. My problem was with the story I was just never that engaged. I liked the dynamic between the two central characters (even with their ridiculously obvious names), but not enough to carry me through the two hours. By the end, I was just waiting for it to end. Which isnt good. But heres why the film is still worth watching the animation. The art is spectacular, with a superb attention to detail in everything, from wrinkled faces to individual faces in crowds. I watched it in Blu-Ray too, so it was that much more sharper and the colours were so striking and beautiful. It had the same effect on me that Avatar did I was in awe of the visuals, but fell asleep once the novelty wore off. Yep, I ended up having to watch the second half the next day, simply because I just couldnt enjoy the movie enough to stay awake. Tekkonkinkreet suffers from a story that maybe cant be condensed into a screenplay, and I will safely presume that the original comic is probably fantastic. But as a film, it just doesnt work. Try and see it for the sheer brilliance of the animation but, personally, not much else is must-see here.
Give this a go, you'll be surprised.By a customer , 20 Aug 2012I love this film. Totally unexpected and the animation superb.
This film is about two boys, Black, who is slightly older and looks after White, who is young and smart. Both kids are orphans or 'strays' and they steal and fight to survive. They live in a place called 'Treasure Town' which is a gambling district, which they think they own. Unfortunately, they are not the only gang around who thinks they own Treasure Town.
The film is quite surprising. The story is deep and there seems to be a few propaganda themes through out. This isn't your typical kiddy anime, infact, this is far from kiddy.
The animation style is amazing - the backgrounds are brightly coloured and full of detail you would expect from a high budget anime. The actual characters are drawn very simply - almost as if a child drew them - which suits the style and story of the film. (As Black & White are children in a very adult world.)
I really enjoyed watching this film and was captured from the beginning. If you like this, I would recommend another anime called 'Summer Wars'.
Disney it isn't...thankfully.By Celluloidpsychopath (14 reviews) from Leicester , 01 Aug 2012It's hard to believe anyone could produce such fascinating and beautiful background scenes, containing characters with equally amazing movement and depth.
It's true some of the story and characters feel underexplained and because of that it can be difficult to follow but, stick with it and the reward is a truly magnificant and enjoyable animation experience.
This film, for me, sits in it's own spot. I can't say it reminded me of anything else and I probably wouldn't be bothered if it did.
Yes I liked this film and yes I intend to buy it!
Warning, Highly AwesomeBy TheBigC (6 reviews) from Bournemouth , 29 Feb 2012Totally epic and awesome, it has just about everything you could want from a manga, one of the best films i've rented
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Different but good!By Bester (7 reviews) from London , 07 Dec 2011Beautiful looking anime film, was intrigued to see what it would be like after watching the trailer and wasn't disapointed. It has very Japanese theme of contrasting characters (White and Black duh) with a very playful and dark story at same time. Must admit my attention did wain towards the end as I found the build up of Blacks character rather pretentious and over the top but after that I did it again. Spirited Away is still far better.