STEAMBOY
SUCHÎMUBÔI
2004, Sony Repertory, 126 min, Japan, Dir: Katsuhiro Ôtomo

Writer-director Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s follow up to AKIRA is just as brilliantly visualized as that earlier anime classic. In mid-19th-century England, boy inventor James Ray Steam receives a mysterious device from his grandfather with instructions to guard it carefully. When operatives from the O'Hara Foundation arrive to steal it, it becomes clear why: The “steam ball” can be used as a power source for highly destructive weapons. Again dealing with themes of science and militarism, Ôtomo has created a rip-roaring adventure that’s as entertaining as it is thought-provoking. In Japanese with English subtitles.


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