Tuesday, May 19, 2009
What can I say, I like Steampunk. :) This is a 2004 movie by Katsuhiro Otomo, the creator of the famous manga/anime Akira. It looks breathtaking. I'd like to find it to watch. It ran in a limited number of theatres in the US in 2005 and is said to have been the most expensive Japanese full-length animated motion picture and took about 10 years to make. Fortunately it is available at Amazon including the Director's Cut, which preserves 15 minutes of film cut from the other English dubbed version. Voice talents for the English include Anna Paquin (Rogue from the X-Men movies; Sookie from 'True Blood') and Patrick Stewart of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' and a host of other things). It didn't get a great review from Cory Gross of Voyages Extraordinaires, but that is from the perspective of someone who's a firm Steampunk enthusiast, whereas a newcomer may find it interesting. I'll let you read/watch and decide for yourself. It certainly was very hyped, and may not live up to that, but I'd like to give it a gander.