• 2004
  • Japan
  • 126 minutes
  • PG
  • Directed by: Katsuhiro Otomo
  • Written by: Sadayuki Murai, Katsuhiro Otomo
  • Cast: Anne Suzuki, Manami Konishi, Katsuo Nakamura, Masane Tsukayama
  • Language: Japanese

Set in the UK in the 19th century, Ôtomo's latest animated effort features young inventor Rei and his attempts to keep the menacingly powerful 'Steam Ball', out of the clutches of the nefarious Ohara Foundation.

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Katsuhiro Otomo, director of the groundbreaking anime feature Akira, returns with this visually striking fusion of the past and the future. It's the Industrial Age in England, reimagined, and various and sundry inventors and scientists are arriving in Britain to hawk their products while capitalism rears its ugly head.

A Steampunk extravaganza and, most amazingly, the first piece of action takes place on the beautifully drawn stretch of rail track between Bury and Rawtenstall! As imagined by Japanese animators1 Worth seeing for this alone…otherwise a rather complicated and wandering storyline but a must see for all fans of Steampunk.

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