It's a loooooooong way up.
The 2001 Animated film by Tristar Pictures, directed by Rintaro, and animated by Madhouse
. It did not actually involve Osamu Tezuka
and was made after his death. It draws as much from the classic German film Metropolis
as it does from Tezuka's manga of the same name, and does not attempt
to be faithful to either. But it was rated on one film site's all-time best animated films
In a Zeerust
future, an elderly Japanese detective and his young assistant arrive in Metropolis, the most advanced and wealthiest city in the world, on the trail of a wanted Mad Scientist
and organ trafficker. Assigned a robot detective as a guide, they track the man down to a lab in the undercity just to see it destroyed by a Knight Templar
with an anti-robot agenda. Out of the wreckage crawls the doctor's greatest achievement, a naked and inhumanly beautiful young woman
with apparently no idea who she is, what she is, how she got there or what clothes are. The assistant and the girl then get separated from his mentor when the floor gives way.
As the film unfolds, the mentor attempts to find his ward, the assistant attempts to find out both the nature of the girl and how to escape from the undercity, the city politics take a turn for the worst, and the city's most powerful man seeks the girl as a prop in a somewhat messianic agenda.
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