Tekkon kinkurîto (Tekkonkinkreet) (2007)
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In the anime Tekkonkinkreet, two orphans of life's storms sail through the air like birds, like superheroes, like Jackie Chan.
Somewhat resembles Paprika, another recent piece of Japanimation. But director Michael Arias, a Tokyo-based American, doesn't fuse his striking graphics to a story anywhere near as satisfying.
The dazzlingly intricate backgrounds are a marvel, and though the jam-packed story occasionally trips over its own sentimentality, it quickly rights itself every time.
Tekkonkinkreet, for all its architecturally grimy virtuosity and flourishes of anime cool, remains the story of a damaged city that can still point to one mighty example of brotherly love.
Far less cartoonish than, say Pirates of the Caribbean 3. And its characters are the most poignant, and convincingly human, of the summer.
Audience Reviews for Tekkon kinkurîto (Tekkonkinkreet)
Tekkon Kinkreet is stunning and easily the best animated movie (I've seen) in years. It has the vibrancy and surrealism of Paprika, the emotional intensity and violence of Evangelion, with the urban action sequences and complex cityscapes of Akira. Of course it is not a simple mish-mash but has a character all its own and emphasizes on the need to have a place called home and people that are family.
Tekkonkinkreet is an absorbing, gripping, beautiful, eerie, and multi-layered fantasy. Even after seeing it multiple times, it has never lost its luster to me. Even after seeing several superb films over the years, Tekkonkinkreet is not only one of the all-time greatest animated films I've ever seen, but it is also one of the all-time greatest films I've ever seen, period. This is a film that requires the viewer to pay attention to the story, and it may even require multiple viewings to fully appreciate the symbolism, but also even the little things so much more. It's a complex and multi-layered film that feels completely and utterly alive in every way - the story, the well-rounded characters you grow to care deeply about, the stunning animation, Treasure Town itself, every line of dialogue, and every expression. It's hard not to lose yourself in this fantasy film - that is, if you have any taste in films and are willing to pay attention to the story. It's an ambitious and startling film about human nature that delves deep into the souls of its characters to expose both their darkest and brightest aspects as human beings, resulting in an emotionally-gripping and fascinating storyline that never gets dull for a single second. It's a shame that this film has gone largely unnoticed and was also eclipsed by Happy Feet (An absolutely horrible, completely unimaginative, insultingly stupid, festering pile of shit - to put it kindly and mildly). If you enjoy not only great animated films with a lot of depth, but also enjoy films with a lot of depth, Tekkonkinreet is a must see for anyone who has taste in films and is willing to pay attention to storylines.
This is the sort of movie that I would normally love, but the story is not there. The animation, is of course, fantastic, beautiful, and original. I may be unfair to this movie though, as I couldn't get past 70 minutes in. The plot was just plain blah and I didn't have that instant interest in Black and White, whereas the best scifi animes of this sort are only good if you care about the characters, otherwise it's just a pretty pictures romp, and that's all I saw here. Granted, many people think I overpraise Metropolis (2001) and underpraise the first Ghost in the Shell, so I'm not a good barometer, as when it gets to my fave genres, that's where I'm the most picky, and I couldn't pick out anything about this movie that made me *love* it or even want to watch it again.
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