The Next Generation: Patlabor - The Movie
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|Original Name||The Next Generation 機動警察 首都決戰 劇場版|
|Official Release Date||Apr 22, 2016|
|Starring||Mano Erina, Fukushi Seiji, Kakei Toshio, Ohta Rina|
|Audio||Dolby Digital EX|
|Running Time||94 Mins|
descriptionLABOR原本是為了協助重型工業所設計的機械人，它為行業帶來翻天覆地的改變，更提高城中的罪案率。為了撲滅與LABOR有關的罪惡，警方組成新的機動 警察中隊，又稱為特車二課。這亦是機動警察誕生的原因。故事發在21世紀，由於長期的經濟衰退、成本高昂、保養困難的問題，警視廳特車二課的機動警察中隊 無奈解散。但當首都東京受到恐怖份子隱形武裝直升機 GREY GHOST的襲擊，特車二課又再一次出動，保衛家園。
Set in the year 2013, Tokyo Metropolitan Police’s Special Vehicles Section 2 — the so-called “Patlabor” — has made some drastic changes to its labor forces due to the global recession. The name of the unit stems from a robot specifically designed for heavy industry work, called “Labor”, which opened up a new quality of crime, thus the “Patrol Labor” – Patlabor police unit was created.
15 years after the setting of the original Patlabor animated movie, the TMPD was forced to get rid of its former personnel, making space for the next generation of Labor pilots, crew and technicians who took the place of the original 2nd Special Vehicles Division, leaving only Shigeo Shiba (“Shige”), former second-in-command of the mechanics division, as a veteran.
The live action series consists of thirteen episodes (numbered 0-12) and is helmed by none other than the director of the original Patlabor anime, Mamoru Oshii. It is set as a sequel to the Patlabor series, specifically to the three animated movies, although a lot of plot ideas are recycled. In comparison to the movies, the show is much more of a comedy and parody of other works, such as the Kaiju and Real Robot genre, than a police sci-fi thriller.
The complete show is split into two DVD/Blu-Ray Boxsets but the story of Episode 12 will conclude with a feature-length “The Next Generation: Patlabor - The Movie”, aka “Tokyo War”, which is basically a remake of the animated Patlabor 2.
The movie starts with an attack on Rainbow Bridge in Odaiba by an experimental military helicopter called “Gray Ghost”. The gunship was stolen 2 days prior by followers of Yukihito Tsuge, a former lieutenant colonel who planned a military coup 13 years earlier. Having private connections to the suspect, Captain Gotoda sets out to stop his former friend. It will take all the skills and wits of SV2 to keep up with the unfolding plot, but it might not be enough to stop a plan that has started 13 years ago and since then ran like clockwork.
25 more minutes of Tokyo War on this newly released Director’s Cut of The Next Generation Patlabor: The Movie.
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