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Old 2006-08-12, 06:31   Link #1
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Tekkon Kinkreet 鉄コン筋クリート [Studio 4C's film based on a manga "Black and White"]

There isn't a thread for this so I started one. [If there is, you can shoot me for it ]
Cos this looks AWESOME!! I only recently checked it after a long time and there's a gallery of screenshots (althoguh I've already seen the excellent trailer). (Flash website)

I haven't read up what it's about exactly yet (besides two spunky kids exploring a city), but for this film I don't want to know. I want to find out by watching, that way I'll enjoy it a lot lot more.
The visuals look very creative and appealing (to me) just like 4C always is. They're clearly superior in handling and making the best use of colour in digital animation. Their colour schemes always stand out and are the most evocative. They use very non-orthodox colours too and they're unafraid to use different-coloured lines, to greatly improve the effect.

The backgrounds also look great. I love the playful feeling of them. While I was looking at the gallery I also noticed a funny thing... on the second page, the third screenshot - the script at the bottom is Sinhala! WTF? I think that's the first time in my life I've ever seen Sinhala in an anime I'm REALLY curious now because it's the script of my birthplace/ethnic origin (for the record, it says "Fasil" I think, but that's a kind of outdated way of wrting the "f" character).

But one of the most outstanding things from the trailer is the music!!! I get starry-eyed and mesmerized every time I hear it, it's so magical! Even if this is a really cliche phrase. It's by a (group? I apologize for being so uninformed....) called Plaid. They seem to get pretty good reviews at Amazon and so on...

I can't be the only one looking forward to this? It's due in December or so I think...

P.S. The director is Michael Arias, billed as producer of the Animatrix. The original manga is Tekkon Kinkreet by Taiyo Matsumoto, sold as "Black and White" by Viz Media in the US.
I'm curious as to how a gaijin director got to direct this, and how he's directing it. The script is written by Anthony Weintraub who also worked on the Animatrix... I haven't looked up much about them but I guess they're either half-Japanese, or are very proficient in the language. Very much so for the scriptwriter

Only two members of the cast are known but they are both non-seiyuu:
Kuro - Kazunari Ninomiya (from the band ARASHI)
Shiro - Yuu Aoi (Hagumi in the Live Action Honey and Clover movie)
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Old 2006-08-12, 09:02   Link #2
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Yeah, I saw the posters in theaters here quite a long time ago, but I forgot to mention it here. I'm looking forward to it, though I won't be in Japan when it's out. I suppose we'll have sort of an international release, won't we?
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Old 2006-08-12, 11:05   Link #3
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You should read the comic as well.It's a real piece of work.I'm curious whether they can handle the original comic..but it's for me to find out when it hits the Japanese theaters.
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Old 2006-08-13, 20:02   Link #4
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W00t, I'll look forward to it just for the fact that it's Taiyo Matsumoto AND it's being directed and scripted by non-Japanese! Sounds like fun.
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Old 2006-12-07, 08:01   Link #5
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Hereīs a nice article from Pingmag with Eiko Tanaka, from Studio 4įC, whoīs in charge of the animation!

http://www.pingmag.jp/2006/11/22/mak...et-into-anime/

Wow, so psyched about this movie..!
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Old 2006-12-07, 08:17   Link #6
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Pretty interesting. Designs are somewhat unusual.
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Old 2006-12-07, 09:00   Link #7
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P.S. The director is Michael Arias, billed as producer of the Animatrix. The original manga is Tekkon Kinkreet by Taiyo Matsumoto, sold as "Black and White" by Viz Media in the US.
I'm curious as to how a gaijin director got to direct this, and how he's directing it.
We recently did an interview with Michael Arias regarding Tekkon Kinkreet and here's his story.

At the end of the 80's he worked as a special effects technician in Hollywood and met several Japanese specialists while working on a theme park dedicate to "Back to the Future". They invited him to Japan and he soon got sick of doing motion capture and got into game designing at Sega, where he worked as a graphic designer and programmer. He soon started up his own 3D-rendering company that specialized in computer animation and got introduced to many of the famous names in anime.

He liked the manga Tekkon Kinkreet so much that he and Koji Morimoto from Madhouse did a short fully CG pilot for this manga. It took them a whole year to make just 3 minutes of crazy animation, and soon Michael went hunting for some money to make a full-length feature film. Morimoto sort of got away from the project and no producers came their way and soon Arias got a call from Hollywood in order to produce Animatrix. Wachowskis got together with Arias and he introduced them to Eiko Tanaka from Studio 4C as well as Morimoto and Otomo who was still working on Steamboy. Arias was mostly involved in brining the Japanese and Americans together, introducing people, scouting talent and doing post-production on the finished shorts.

So, after that happened, Michael Arias continued working for Studio 4C, where he and Morimoto produced their pilot, and the movie Tekkon Kinkreet started taking shape. Eiko Tanaka greenlit the project and here we are now, waiting for Arias to complete it.

This was in April. In August he told us that he was doing the last 100 cuts and he was hoping to do a world premiere in October during Tokyo Film Festival and do the full run starting with December 23rd.
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Old 2006-12-07, 09:33   Link #8
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Wow, thanks for the very fascinating information. Never knew anything about him before this...

It's certainly very exciting and reassuring to know that there are people who'll still work very hard - and are in the right position - to get interesting and worthwhile projects like this done, and in such great quality too. Thank goodness for people like him...

I haven't been keeping up with news on this movie though, so did it really air at the festival in October? I can't wait to see this movie myself, although it'll be a long time till the DVD comes out (maybe by that time I'll actually have the money to buy it -_-)
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Old 2006-12-07, 13:18   Link #9
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Now if we can get more directors to be inspired by anime....
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Old 2006-12-19, 03:50   Link #10
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I haven't been keeping up with news on this movie though, so did it really air at the festival in October? I can't wait to see this movie myself, although it'll be a long time till the DVD comes out (maybe by that time I'll actually have the money to buy it -_-)
Yes, they've also had pre-premiere screenings in some big cities in Japan. I think Sony Pictures have the world distribution rights.
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Old 2006-12-19, 15:40   Link #11
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Now if we can get more directors to be inspired by anime....
TOTALLY, just look at The Matrix...

Give a shout-out if any of you folks find any previews/reviews of the movie.
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Old 2007-02-28, 15:04   Link #12
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Catsuka has some gorgeous hi-res screenshots of Tekkon Kinkreet (or Amer Bťton as it's known en FranÁais). Download and enjoy.
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Old 2007-04-17, 12:22   Link #13
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the first batch of US screenings has been announced!

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Here's your chance to see one of anime's most exciting new films.
Tekkon Kinkreet is currently scheduled to be screened at the following venues:

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
Roy and Nita Titus Theaters 1 & 2
Wed 4/25 (T1), Thurs 4/26 (T2), Fri 4/27 (T2) - 8:30 pm
Sat 4/28 (T2), Sun 4/29 (T2) - 2:00 pm
Mon 4/30 (T2) - 8:30 pm

Director Michael Arias will appear at the April 25th screening.

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Laemmle’s Sunset 5
Sun 5/6 - 5:00 pm

Hawaii International Film Festival
Dole Cannery
Thurs 4/26 - 8:45 pm
hell yeah. the article also quotes a viz rep stating that tekkon kinkreet will see a dvd release in the fall, presumably after it finishes making the rounds at festivals/limited screenings.
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Old 2007-04-17, 14:01   Link #14
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When is this hitting DVD? I don't care for the country or the subtitles, it is sure to get ripped when that happens.
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Old 2007-04-17, 14:09   Link #15
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The manga (now out of print) is also wisely being reissued by Viz this fall to coincide with the DVD release. Shogakukan published a new single-book edition of the manga in Japanese, too.
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When is this hitting DVD? I don't care for the country or the subtitles, it is sure to get ripped when that happens.
US: "fall"
JP: 6/27 according to amazon.co.jp (via wao)
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Old 2007-04-18, 02:49   Link #17
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Hey guys, check out a great interview over at AniPages Daily with the director Michael Arias here. Quite informative IMO (like about the producer Tanaka's style of working, how Arias came to the project, etc)

It's extremely fascinating to see how he gathered the staff to create the film - it really feels as if the words "labor of love" are completely justified in describing the process. He didn't even intend to direct it but came to do it simply out of his love for the manga, and even the animators he got together were partly through their own love for the manga too (and holy - Nishimi and Yuasa were high school buddies? I knew they were from the same prefecture but high school too? Whoa...)

I found this part of the interview gave me a particular "Ahh, that was it!" moment:

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I wanted the city to evoke some nostalgic associations with a previous, less hurried, more peaceful age, so Kimura and our colorist Miyuki Ito and I looked at printing from 50s and 60s Japan (also a bit of India and China) - children's books, matchboxes, billboard advertising. The film shows a great deal of that graphic sensibility in our choice of color. I liked something very evocative Taiyo said about Treasure Town was that he imagined it like a box of toys spilled out on the floor.
Yes!! Yes, that was exactly what I was trying to place my finger on when I saw pictures of the movie. The combinations of colours and tones is something I love to bits and pieces (it's like that with most Studio 4C works, really - they've got one of the best colour sensibilities out of all the anime studios imo, or at least the most opportunities to play around with 'em).

27th June cannot come fast enough... I bloody wish this was showing at the upcoming film festival here but nope....
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Old 2007-04-22, 13:48   Link #18
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Wow... After reading the interview, I have to say that I'm so intrigued. It was really nice to see how they really work, because, well, japanese people aren't all that talkative from what I've seen in interviews. Now I'm really looking forward to this.
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Old 2007-05-17, 15:02   Link #19
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I just wanted to revive the thread because I saw the movie with friends a week ago (it was released 2 weeks ago in France).

It was dazzling.

The graphics are extremely original, the city is unbilievably beautiful and swarming, the music is cool, the seiyuu are excellent, the screenplay and the camera moves are dynamic, and the story is poignant. I especially liked the last face-to-face between Nezumi and Kimura.
In short, a rare jewel, both poetic and harsh.
I will buy the DVD when it is released in France, no doubt.
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Old 2007-06-29, 04:57   Link #20
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So anyone else seen it? The DVD is out or should be out soon (I got my copy yesterday, as a birthday present). I'm not entirely sold on all of the directing - something felt a little odd about the last third, although it might just be me, but it's undoubtable to me that the visuals were aawwwweeesome. And I mean it in a genuine, non-shiny way - I think the director wanted it this way, but there's that feeling that they wanted to show others how well people can draw, and even with the CG used and all it really feels so organic and bursting with life and creativity that I loved it. I really could screencap every other scene in the anime, it's just so full of lovely things (and the colours! *swoons*)

Surprisingly enough I really found myself liking the pairs in the show - Kuro and Shiro, Suzuki (Nezumi) and Kimura, Nezumi and the other guy, the other guy and the newbie with the blonde hair (why can't I get their names grr). I kept finding myself stuck on that phrase of how Shiro says he holds all the screws to Kuro's heart, and how the old guy was telling Kuro that he had always felt it was Shiro who was protecting Kuro all that while. It's like Kuro is the only one who can protect Shiro exactly the right way, but Shiro's the only one who can keep Kuro together. They really can't live without each other entirely, although they can't stay that way forever...

And I loved the way Suzuki kept telling Kimura things and Kimura felt so dejected after he had to "take a break", yet ultimately we know he's full of respect for Suzuki and by the end of the film he was a bit of a different man. And so on and so forth.

I wish there was a sub file on the net or something though, I couldn't enjoy the film fully because I had to watch it without subs and some of the yakuza speech was a bit hard to get - although I was interrupted like, 4 times while watching and had to restart so I eventually got a good chunk of it.

EDIT: Jeez, I started this thread last year... I feel so weird.

EDIT2: P.S. - any Akino Arai fans here? One of her songs on the album Furu Purachina, "Gareki no Gakuen", was inspired by this show. IMO it's a better image song than AKFG's one at the endo f the movie, but that's just me (cough Arai fangirl cough)
You guys really should go listen to it.
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