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DVD Review: “Tekkonkinkreet”

(Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. 2007. 1 Disc. 111 minutes. Color. Widescreen. Rated R. Directed by Michael Arias.) Featuring the voices of Yu Aoi and Kazunari Ninomiya. Music by Plaid.

Based on the manga by Taiyo Matsumoto, Tekkonkinkreet (a punning mash-up of the Japanese words for concrete, steel and muscle) tells the story of two young orphans who live in the street of Treasure Town. Black, the more aggressive and violent of the two, works to protect the innocent and childlike White, as well as trying to protect Treasure Town from the gangsters and developers who are trying to take it over. The story rambles a bit in the middle (and gets weirdly expressionistic at the end), but the relationship between Black and White is what really holds it together. White’s development throughout the film leaves more questions than it answers (is he really just some innocent child, or is he tuned in to something deeper?). From the grimy, crowded streets of the town, to the colored pencil vistas of White’s imagination, the film blends 2-D and 3-D to beautiful effect. Live-action-style camerawork gives the town a very solid, realistic feel that the characters tend to defy with their acrobatics (do you know a kid who can scale a three-story building in four hops?). The excellent soundtrack is provided by British electronic duo Plaid (the opening flyover sequence is notable). Special features include commentary by director Arias, a behind-the-scenes production diary and an oddly-stilted interview between Arias, Plaid, and some onscreen text. Maybe not the best film for those new to anime, but a good example nonetheless.

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