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Memories (1995)

Director: Tensai Okamura, Tensai Okamura, Katsuhiro Otomo, more...
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Anime, Foreign, Anime Feature Films
Running Time: 114 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
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Katsuhiro Otomo garnered worldwide attention in 1988 for his cyberpunk classic Akira, featuring a fully realized dystopian future that rivaled Blade Runner. In this animated triptych, all written by Otomo, he once again gazes darkly into the future. The first segment, called "Magnetic Rose" and directed by Koji Morimoto, is set in the year 2092 and centers on a quartet of futuristic losers on a orbiting garbage ship, collecting junked satellites. While trolling about the heavens, they encounter a massive rose-shaped structure. Venturing into one of its petals, the two crew members suddenly find themselves in a European-style opera house adjoining a sun-dabbled garden. They hear the sound of a soprano diva in mid aria. As the section progresses, the crew members learn that this idyllic though bizarre satellite was the refuge of an early 21st century opera singer whose ghost still haunts its metallic halls. The second segment, titled "Stink Bomb," is directed by Tensai Okamura. A nerdy research assistant finds himself the unwitting center of a civic chaos and panic when he accidentally swallows a chemical that renders him a human stink bomb. Unable to smell the stench himself, he is baffled as to why humans and animals alike keel over at the very sight of him. Trying to meet a deadline of delivering vital info to government organ, he blithely causes a national incident when he hops and his scooter and heads to the downtown Tokyo. The final segment, directed by Otomo, is titled "Cannon Fodder." Set in a bleak Orwellian future in which a forest of massive cannons fire at an unseen enemy, this section focuses on a man who crew of cannon number 17 and his son who worships his dad and his grim profession. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • "Memories of Memories" featurette
  • Interviews with Katsuhiro Otomo, Koji Morimoto, and Tensai Okamura
  • Pilot films for "Magnetic Rose," "Stink Bomb," and "Cannon Fodder"

GreenCine Member Reviews

Well Crafted but Mordant by Calafragious September 15, 2004 - 10:20 AM PDT
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
The other reviewers seem to have covered the details, so I'll add only my impression that "Memories" is a fine compilation of shorts -- a genre that ought to be done more in anime than it is. The three stories are all beautifully produced and individually striking. However, I found all three of the stories to be somewhat 'down': distopian, satirical or both. There are no happy endings in "Memories." Keeping that in mind, this well-made film otherwise makes for a great evening's entertainment.

Japanese Directors Breaking Out of the Typical Anime Pattern by hneline1 April 15, 2004 - 11:54 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This ain't your normal Japanese anime. The animation styles are varied, the storytelling follows different patterns, and there are actually political or societal messages being presented.

Episode One, Magnetic Rose, is a beautifully drawn space tale grounded in pure SciFi. There are no cutesy girls or flashy battles here, only space garbage collectors following the laws of physics and getting into a weird psychological horror nightmare.

Episode Two, Stink Bomb, is the environmental comedy. Although some of this is pretty predictable, I was laughing as poor Tanaka's mission to take the BioChem evidence to his Section Chief escalates into ridiculous proportions. I enjoyed the parody of all those battle anime.

Episode Three, Cannon Fodder, is the sociopolitical commentary. The animation style is definitely western and the story is more stream of consciousness than plot oriented. There is a strong anti-war message.

There is also an informative "Memories of Memories" interview video, where the three directors (Koji Morimoto, Tensai Okamura, Katsuhiro Otomo) talk about their visions and adventures creating these shorts. All in all, this is a good DVD to watch if you're interested in seeing Japanese directors breaking out of the typical anime pattern, similar to The Animatrix, Cat Soup or Night on the Galactic Railroad.

Thanks for the Memories... by NLee March 2, 2004 - 5:18 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Memories is a collection of three lavishly produced animes by three famed directors. The stories are unrelated and differ greatly in styles and substances, so obviously people will disagree on which one is the best. The follwings are just my (not so) humble opinions:

Magnetic Rose (directed by Koji Morimoto) is the first, the longest, as well as the best piece on this DVD. The story is all about memories. The memories belonging to the opera star Eva refuse to die, so she lures unsuspecting explorers in order to re-live the best part of her life. On the other hand, Heintz the explorer also harbors fond memories he wants to cherish, as well as sad memories he wishes to bury. Much like "Millennium Actress", this anime does a good job in merging past and present, fantasy and reality. Its music (by Yoko Kanno) is also the best among all three segments.

Stink Bomb (directed by Tensai Okamuro) is supposed to be a comedy - if you can call a bio-chemical disaster funny. Problem is: the central character, Nobuo, is a complete idiot! After killing thousands of people in town, he insists on going to Tokyo (thereby risking the life of millions) just because his boss ordered him to. The story lost all creditablities when Nobuo developed Akira-like psychic power, so even the whole military is unable to stop him. You know this anime is a bomb when you have to yell at the central character: "Oh drop dead already!"

Cannon Fodder (directed by Katsuhiro Otomo) is the last and the shortest segment. Its drawing is distintively non-anime, and resembes that of European comics. The background and character designs look like they are from Germany during the first World War. But if this is meant to be an anti-war piece, why bother with the non-anime style and a fictional city? A faithful depiction of people's life in Japan during World War II would deliver exactly the same message.

After viewing all three segments, there should be no wonder why this collection is named Memories, because Magnetic Rose alone makes owning this DVD worthwhile.

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