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Animation, Science Fiction and Fantasy
It is no coincidence that this dazzling, candy-coloured animated adventure shares its name with Fritz Lang's 1927 sci-fi: it borrows ideas and images liberally from that futuristic masterpiece, as well as from other anime such as Akira and Ghost in the Shell. The story focuses on a society where the uneasy truce between humans and robots (which were once humankind's servant) has broken down into violent confrontation. There are echoes, too, of another classic dystopian tale, Blade Runner, with the introduction of a world-weary private detective who is doggedly pursuing corruption in the chaotic city-state.
This visually spectacular German sci-fi classic (made, incredibly, in 1927) sees the rich live in skyscrapers and the poor toil underground.
11+ years 138 mins
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