UK distributor Eureka Entertainment has dipped their toes into the anime realm with the 2001 feature film Metropolis. They don’t have any details for it at the moment in the how or when of the release, but it’s one they’re excited for as a dual format release int the “not too distant future.” The film was previously released on DVD by Sony Pictures years ago and we saw a North American release back in 2002. It also saw a TV broadcast on Cartoon Network back in 2005.
Directed by Rintaro based on the screenplay by Katsuhiro Otomo, the film was animated at Madhouse. Working from the original manga by Osamu Tezuka, Yasuhiro Nakura handled the character designs and served as the chief animation director. The Japanese cast includes Kei Kobayashi as Kenichi, Yuka Imoto as Tima, Junpei Takiguchi as Dr. Laughton, Kouki Okada as Rock, Kousei Tomita as Shunsaku Ban and Tarô Ishida as Duke Red.
The English language dub was produced by Animaze and was directed by Kevin Seymour based on the translation from Shoko Oono and scripts by Marc Handler and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn. The cast for that includes Brianne Siddall as Kenichi, Rebecca Forstadt as Tima, Jamieson K Price as Duke Red, Michael Reisz as Rock, Simon Prescott as Dr. Laughton and Tony Pope as Shunsaku Ban.
Plot concept: In the great city of Metropolis, severe community structures and prejudice dominate a world where humans and robots live together. Unrest and violence increase with each new day.
Searching for the scientist Dr. Laughton, suspected to violate human rights by trading organs, the Japanese detective Shunsaku Ban and his nephew Kenichi arrive at Metropolis. In the scientist’s laboratory, Kenichi discovers a girl without any memory of her past life. He decides to help her, so they run away together. His uncle follows him and penetrates the dark secrets of the city to find Duke Red, the man ruling from the shadows. Meanwhile, Kenichi desperately tries to protect the mysterious girl from the people hunting her. However, Duke Red and his adoptive son have their own deep reasons for chasing the girl. These reasons are connected to her true identity and the struggle for the domination of Metropolis…