Typically, this post would be full of all the things that inspired me in a given week…
But I’m so smitten with the film I watched last night that I felt the need to give it a whole post.

Tekkonkinkreet is the story of two orphan boys trying to protect the only town they know.
It’s got enough symbolism to satisfy James Joyce, and enough surrealism to make Michelle Gondry weep.
& the icing on the cake is the beautiful score by UK rockers, Plaid.

The animation in the film is a flawless combination of traditional and 3-d, which is executed in a manner not unlike Ghost in the Shell: Innocence. While it is based off the manga by Taiyo Matsumoto, it reminds me more of a Jaime Hewlett drawing, or an American indy comic book than anything else.

This film was brought to us by Studio4°C (that created the Animatrix), and is the first feature length Anime to be directed by an American (Michael Arias).

However, in America, it’s screening only in LA or NYC & it’s only playing for 4 more days.

In LA, you can see it @ Landmark West Los Angeles, The Westside Pavilion, 10850 West Pico.

In NYC, you can see it @ The Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th Street (between 5th &6th Ave).

Check out the trailer:

Or this rad chase scene:

Official Site (American)
Official Site (Japanese)
IMDB page
Soundtrack by Plaid on Amazon


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1 Comment
  1. grey says:

    So, despite the hype, Michael Arias, is not the first american to direct Japanese animation. Look to Scott Frazier for that (or as she’s now known, Jan Scott-Frazier founder of production I.G.). Arguably there are other Japanese animated US-directed pieces which also predate Frazier, though not many are feature length (e.g. Rankin Bass’s The Hobbit; or Masami Hata and William T. Hurtz directing Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland) and were pretty much intended for a stateside audience, as opposed to Frazier and Arias’ work.

    Really though, I can’t recommend Tekkon Kincrete to anyone who hasn’t first seen Mindgame, which IMNSHO is a far better film, and perhaps the most radical animation since Canon Fodder (the short within MEMORIES which more or less marks the beginning of Studio 4C).

    More on Studio 4C and whatnot on my friend Nick’s(and Japanese cinema expert) blog:


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Inspiration – Week of 7/16 (Tekkonkinkreet)

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July 16th, 2007