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  • Summary: Based on the Manga series, "Black and White", by Taiyo Matsumoto, Tekkonkinkreet is the story of two orphans who rule the streets of Treasure Town, keeping it safe from the terrors that plague it--the Yakuza and religious fanatics. But the biggest threat of all comes in the form of Kiddy Kastle, a corporate monster that wants to change Treasure Town to fit its own agenda. The orphans will fight tooth and nail to protect their home from such a fate. Expand
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  1. 90
    Arias' blend of traditional cell animation and 3-D CGI effects is thoroughly mind-blowing, and the film's visual sensibility is utterly distinctive.
  2. As intriguing and unusual as its title, this anime debut from CGI mastermind Michael Arias bursts with enough ideas for three movies.
  3. Reviewed by: Russell Edwards
    70
    Strained metaphysics dovetail with urban and architectural nostalgia in the exquisitely realized, minutely detailed Japanese anime Tekkonkinkreet.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeremy Knox
    70
    A beautiful looking kinetic film that’s always in movement. It’s a bit slow at times and the plot has a tendency to meander, but other than that it’s hard to find fault.
  5. 63
    Anime enthusiasts will want to take a look, but the film is too uneven to serve as a good introduction to the form.
  6. Demands to be seen, if only for its beauty.
  7. Reviewed by: Julia Wallace
    50
    It's both too cute and too rambling.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. JenniferH.
    Nov 12, 2009
    10
    Exciting and beautiful, a kaleidoscope of color and action.
  2. Jul 11, 2011
    10
    Outstanding strong story, for anime fans this is what we have been missing.I would love to see a sequel to it, it's incredible and well drawn ( weird character draws, but maybe the best one out there) . Animations need to keep doing more stuff like this. Expand
  3. SimoneC
    Oct 10, 2007
    10
    This movie was amazing...i loved it so much, especially for the characters and the artwork. Although I found that the main plot of the story wasn't clarified, it gave me an interesting feeling that I had to discover more of the details in the movie itself, then look over all the facts to discover what the meaning of the movie truly is. When Black and White were separated, I felt that was the most intense part of the movie. I looked over that part several times until I realized that -this is my belief-the movie is mainly about Taoism. The Yin-Yang represents balance, and without each other, Black and White are unbalanced. the movie really is amazing. I watched it about 4 times already! That's how much I loved this movie. Expand
  4. Aug 3, 2013
    10
    This is a really beautiful film. It's a travel from the darkness to the light, is a wonderful metaphor of the internal fight of the spirit. And the best of all, is that the history is told from the view of two amazing kids, that have a precious relation of love, trust and funny between them. Expand
  5. JoshS.
    Jan 28, 2010
    9
    A wonderful representation of the dangers of succumbing to one's own "dark side". I also really enjoyed the sub theme of youth vs adulthood. I think youthfulness is something that needs to be held onto throughout one's entire life and I feel that this movie conveys that thought very well. The soundtrack and the visuals are the two best parts of the film, though. Expand
  6. Aug 11, 2012
    7
    A very interesting style to the animation; quite simplistic in a way, some of the cityscapes reminded me a little of the work of the artist L. S. Lowry. Still, great to look at and also quite a complex plot; maybe complex is the wrong word here, let Expand
  7. joeR
    Aug 17, 2009
    3
    Having heard nothing but rave reviews for this film, I have to say I was extremely excited to see Tekkonkinkreet. Unfortunately, as much as I loved the manga Black and White, in watching this anime adaption something seemed askew. Yes all the characters were there as well as that beautiful and distinctive visual style. The problem was that I just didn't feel anything for this movie. Whether it be the flat character development, heartless cliche ridden dialogue or the censored intensity, Tekkonkinkreet falls flat for me. Now initially I had thought it was my own immaturity or lack of refinement and education in interpreting all of the symbolism, double meanings and thought provoking ideas in play. I soon realized however, that those things are simply not present, or at least not in the way that they should be. This fact is made even more apparent by the awkward monologues of white, the flashy showdown with the minotaur and the cut and paste feel of the various story elements. Even the ending feels so out of place with the story that you would think the writers forgot what movie they were supposed to be working on. It's seems odd to me that any movie adaption can follow a manga fairly well and yet feel so far removed from it. In the end the visuals are the only thing that carries this frustrating and even annoying movie Expand

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