Internet Weekly Report - Art And Culture

Tekkon Kinkreet

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Tekkon Kinkreet is a wonderful animated movie (anime), based on the manga "Black and White", about the brotherhood of two boys White (Kuro) and Black (Shiro) living in a strange amusement park type place called Treasure City, which has the look and feel of Tokyo in the 1950s and 1960s.  Black and White are homeless and live in an old abandoned car underneath the freeway.  The WWII goggle wearing Black is the older of the two boys and also the tough guy, who protects White.  White, who is 11 years old is more naive, dependent and childlike, but at the same time seems to very in tune with his environment.  White also loves to wear his amazing hats and was my favorite character in the movie by far. The boys are known on the street a Nekos or cats and are in conflict with the Yakuza (Japanese Mafia), who are trying to clean the streets of Treasure Town for a new development.

Tekkon Kinkreet has won several well deserved  international film festival awards.  The remarkable, colorful, detailed and beautiful backgrounds in the animation are based on the Tokyo of the 50s and 60s.  Even the colorful faced gang members are based on real gangs from the same period.  This movie is really a fascinating work of art and nearly on a par with the greatest animator in history - Hayao Miyazaki.  The story at times can be a little hard to follow, but the detailed and colorful artwork dazzles throughout the movie.  The sense of movement and reality in the animation is also astounding.  It's not choppy or herky-jerky at all and the characters and vehicles move naturally across the screen. I was totally impressed with Michael Arias' direction and animation style.   In fact, I would rate this as one of the top ten anime movies of all time.  Check it out!  BTW, the movie has an "R" rating.  I imagine it was for the profanity and adult situations.  I certainly wasn't offended, but it's probably not the wee guys.

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Internet Weekly Report First Issued on 12/15/2001,
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Last Updated Sunday, 23. March 2008 12:23:43.

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