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Old 08-08-2007, 08:28 PM   #1   [permalink]
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Tekkon Kinkreet


Tekkon Kinkreet (鉄コン筋クリート, Tekkon Kinkurīto?, literally a combination of the Japanese terms for "iron," "concrete," and "muscles") (also known as Tekkonkinkreet in English release)[1] is a 2006 feature-length Japanese anime film, directed by Michael Arias and animated by Studio 4C, adapted from Black and White, a one-volume seinen manga series by Taiyō Matsumoto, which was originally serialized between 1993 and 1994 in Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits.[2][3] It was first released in Japan on December 23, 2006.[4] The story takes place in the fictional Takara Machi ("Treasure City") and centers on a pair of street kids: the tough, canny Kuro ("Black") and the childish, snot-nosed Shirō ("White"). Together they are known as Neko ("Cats").

Studio 4C's Tekkon Kinkreet was showing at the Melbourne International Film Festival, it's one and only screening was on Tuesday, so skipped a tutorial, grabbed a few friends and decided to watch it.

Now Studio 4C's work is usually gorgeous and fluid, (see Amazing Nuts!, Ayumi's Connected and Noiseman) and Tekkon Kinkreet definitely delivers there. Sure character designs are a bit lacking but the bustling world they're in is just stunning. Direction is ace as well, first person views, whrring camera spins when people are leaping, flying and what not, does not falter there.

I went in with only watching clips off Youtube thinking this would be just a fancy action adventure movie, well anyone else going in to see this leave those thoughts at the door. This gets quite deep and really becomes a mind ---- at the end with surreal characters and landscapes, which honestly I felt a bit of a drag. The hour and half felt more like three. Action was awesome (thought sparse), seeing Black and White scaling buildings, soaring through the sky beating up adults with poles was stunning stuff. And the final showdown between Black and the two hitmen was definitely a treat.

I don't know how I feel about Tekkon Kinkreet, I want to like it but .., it's a visual treat that's for sure. It is an arthouse-lite sort of movie though and maybe, well maybe I just can't appreciate that sort of stuff.

So has anyone else seen it?
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