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Steamboy [Director's Cut] (2004)

Cast: Anne Suzuki, Anne Suzuki, Anna Paquin, more...
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo, Katsuhiro Otomo
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Anime, Foreign, Anime Feature Films, Animation, Cel
Running Time: 126 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Jap
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
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Katsuhiro Otomo, director of the groundbreaking anime feature Akira (1988), returns with this visually striking fusion of the past and the future. It's the Industrial Age in England, reimagined, and various and sundry inventors and scientists are arriving in Britain to hawk their products while capitalism rears its ugly head. A gadget-happy British lad named Ray (voice of Anna Paquin) receives a mysterious package from his grandfather Lloyd Steam (Patrick Stewart) -- a tiny ball that turns out to be an engine toting immense power. As it happens, several of these little balls run the O'Hara pavilion, a massive, mobile fortress. Ray later discovers that his dad and grandfather are located inside of the pavilion; his dad, Eddie, has become mesmerized by O'Hara and subject to their whims, while Lloyd suspects that O'Hara may want to use the balls for nefarious purposes, and tries to put a definitive end to those plans. Indeed, the O'Hara people soon take over the Great Exhibition and turn it into a veritable circus for weapons dealers. Meanwhile, Ray starts to develop feelings for a young girl named Scarlett O'Hara. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Yawn by brakhage September 3, 2005 - 8:36 AM PDT
4 out of 7 members found this review helpful
Another incredibly expensive gorgeous-to-look-at labor of love ... with no plot. This thing took years of effort, and it's an animation milestone, but I have to be honest with you, I fell asleep. Yes, when I realized that the third act was going to be one long series of explosions, I drifted off. The next morning I checked out the extras, which consist of the director and sundry animators patting themselves on the back for such a marvelous job.

Working Up a Real Head of Steam by talltale July 31, 2005 - 8:16 PM PDT
4 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Little boys of all ages are going to cream their diapers over STEAMBOY, the Japanese animated movie that too few saw during its theatrical run. It's not certain that boys will discover it on DVD, either. For whatever reason, this chock-full-of-action anime seems destined to languish just outside the mainstream. Too bad, because it is so richly conceived and drawn, combining Victorian England with the future in ways that are wonderful to behold. It also features a nasty, funny/scary heroine and a hero who's almost (but not quite) too good to be true.

Best of all is its use of politics, economics and psychology to create a terrific story featuring three generations of men, two of which get it all wrong. But then, most of the men here get it wrong, and it's bracing to see an anime director make such positive use of mankind's mistakes. I wish some of the darker scenes (color-wise, not in terms of content) had been a bit easier to view. Otherwise, this one is as much fun as it is intelligent and creative. Or, as we kids used to say: "Zowie!"

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