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Black Jack (1996)

Cast: Hiroshi Fujioka
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Manga Video Entertainment
Genre: Anime, Animation, Cel
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Black Jack is an underground surgeon, who, although he has no license, has God-Like skills which enable him to perform operations that are impossible for even the finest surgeons. Charging millions for secret operations, Black Jack is a man who is alone and full of mystery, appearing in operating rooms to fulfill his tasks, and then disappearing. And now.. his biggest challenge.. An extraordinary number of intellectual and athletic geniuses (the "Super Humans") have the world caught in awe, wonder and excitement. However, little does anyone know about the hideous conspiracy lurking behind this phenomenon... Black Jack comes face to face with a lethal virus, which may endanger the very existence of mankind!

GreenCine Member Reviews

Anime done right by OKhan1 January 20, 2004 - 12:09 AM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Blackjack is the type of anime which reminds me why I got into it in the first. Blackjack isnt about space battleships, cute girls or fuzzy animals, its the story of a doctor, a damn good one and the bizarre medical cases he encounters. When was the last time you watched anime about an exceptional doctor ? Based on the classic manga by Osamu "god of manga" Tezuka, this movie is excellent in its content, characters and message that there is no such thing as a quick fix. This is essentially anime for people who like plot and realistic characters and the motivation that drives them.
The dub is exceptionally well done. I dont think the Blackjack OAVs have been released on dvd in the US market yet but definetly worth watching also. Bottom line, Blackjack is a welcome and much needed departure from the mediocre and mundane anime which comprises the majority of the US market. Highly recommended.

one word: awful by vinayd April 2, 2003 - 9:03 PM PST
2 out of 8 members found this review helpful
the pretty visuals just don't make a difference. this is one of the worst things I've seen in years. the plot is preposterously convoluted, there isn't anything resembling storytelling --- instead we get long, rambling explication from one of two primary characters. the character of 'dr. blackjack' and his weird miniature nurse/daughter is bizarre, but what's worse is that the world this character inhabits is some kind of dreamscape that is mashed together on the fly as a backdrop for his operating room daring-do. don't waste 90 minutes of your life. get something else.

Vigilante master surgeon changing the world one operation at a time by hneline1 November 5, 2002 - 6:10 PM PST
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Think of this as a cross between C.S.I. and Batman the Dark Knight -- where else can we see a vigilante master surgeon as the hero, out to change the world one operation at a time before disappearing into the night? I thought this was a pretty good medical mystery with just enough jargon to make it almost believable (unless you've studied neurology in which case you can laugh) and enough action and intrigue and world travel to keep it intense. The downside is a corny wrapup but it's a good ride until then. One annoying thing is Black Jack's daughter Pinoko -- she's too cheerful and stupid in an otherwise serious action thriller, so I just ignored her.

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(Average 6.41)
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