Posted by psgels on 20 September 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews


Tekkon Kinkreet is, apart from Eien no Hou, the last of the big movies of 2006 to get released on DVD. As it has been produced by the Studio 4C, I was obviously looking forward to it, and I must say that it turned, along with Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo into the best of the movies, released in 2006.

Don’t be scared by the strange look of the series. What we’ve got here is a heart-wrenching drama between two brothers, who have been abandoned to the streets in the neighbourhood of Tekkon Kinkreet, or Treasure Island. In here, a strange culture has developed. The oldest of the brothers (Kuro, black) lives through fighting others, and yet the two of them are on good terms with the police due to the younger one(Shiro, white), who seems to have some kind of mental illness: even though he’s eleven years old, he acts like he’s six years younger.

Tekkon Kinkreet is chockfull of symbolism. It just shows how living on the streets can be incredibly fragile for young children, and yet the two boys somehow manage to mentally survive by depending on each other. The younger brother often holds entire monologues, which can either be totally random or incredibly deep. Also expect these monologues and the dialogues to be written with a great deal of care and attention, to make it feel as natural as possible.

For the past month, I’ve been watching a lot of different movies, though none of them really found enough time to develop both its main and side-characters well, though Tekkon Kinkreet finally shows an exception t this rule. The side-characters, a bunch of policemen and yakuza go surprisingly deep, and some of the saddest scenes in the movie are between them. I think that the main problem is that none of them really has any background, but they way they’re fleshed out and developed totally makes up for it.

The only real bad point comes from some supernatural elements that get introduced near the end of the movie, most importantly the final bad guy. Their symbolic value is huge, but I would have liked to see a bit more development in this department, as it feels a bit strange and out-of-place.

Overall, I can imagine that not a lot of people are going to be picking this up by just looking at the promo-art, but beyond waits a gem of a movie. Studio 4C are really one of the best movie-producers out there, and their unique style and originality proves to be a true delight. These guys know what it takes to make a good movie.

3 Responses

  1. headachebaby says:

    This movie was way better than I expected. The cover looked alright and I was debating if I should buy it or not. It was selling for $19.99 which I think is a little expensive. I glad that I brought it. The movie is packed with emotions and the way it was shot, there are a lot of movements and various angles. The backgrounds were beautifully drawn; however, the characters were a little more sloppy. That’s alright…it adds to the movie. I hated it when the characters are too clean or pretty. The way the characters are depicted adds more realism. And the dialogues between the two brothers were believable as though they were truly kids. At the end of the movie, I was stunned with “Wow…that was good.”

    Psgels…89/100 is appropriate for this movie. Thanks for your review.

  2. toddler2kid says:

    Stunning pictures and characters. Glad I bought it. Highly recommend it.

  3. kero says:

    Superb Movie. I loved it the background is gorgeous, and loads of lovely little touches that makes it seem more real, like the snake character wiping his hands behind his back after shaking hands with someone.

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