Salon.Com's Andrew O'Hehir gives a rave review to TEKKONKINKREET, a new Japanese anime film that opens Friday at the new Landmark Theatre in West Los Angeles. Curiously, the movie was directed by an American, Michael Arias.
Arias, who directed the immensely successful "Matrix" spinoff "The Animatrix," has also worked with Miyazaki and other anime pioneers. As overwhelming as the visual innovations of "Tekkonkinkreet" are, he's also learned that you need to tell an emotionally engaging story that moves beyond giant robots and exploding planets. His voice talent includes some of Japan's finest actors, and by the end of this phantasmagorical journey, I was as wrapped up in the precarious fate of these two wounded kids and the honorable yakuza warlords of Treasure Town as I've been in any film all year.