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« on: October 18, 2009, 11:47:46 pm »

I have done some consideration on watching the film steamboy.  i was wondering if any of you can give me your reviews and tell me if it is a good film. thank you!
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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2009, 11:52:05 pm »

Yes, it is very good. That's all you need to know.  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2009, 11:57:45 pm »


If you like steampunk you will like steamboy, its pretty much pure unadulterated steampunk from start to finish.
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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2009, 12:00:01 am »

^^Agreed^^

Probably the best of the anime genre steampunk movies to date.
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2009, 12:12:56 am »

Watch it.

Now!

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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2009, 12:23:39 am »

^^Agreed^^

Probably the best of the anime genre steampunk movies to date.

That would be Laputa: Castle in the Sky, but yes Steamboy is a very good film.

"abney park fan", I have to ask, why bother asking everyone here which movie is good or not? When you can just see them for yourself, and make your own judgment.
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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2009, 12:32:13 am »

^^Agreed^^
Probably the best of the anime genre steampunk movies to date.
That would be Laputa: Castle in the Sky,

Seconded.
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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2009, 06:39:59 am »

i must agree with Mr, Process, but still a d*mned good film
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« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2009, 07:20:32 am »

I forgot about Laputa, haven't watched it in a long time.

Steamboy seemed more "Victorian" to me, thus my comment.

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« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2009, 07:53:04 am »

Mr. Fan,

I would very much like to share with you a good way to find good Steampunk films.

Go to http://www.imdb.com and do a search for keyword "Steampunk". Every movie that anyone has ever tagged as Steampunk will show up. You can organize them in alphabetical order, or you can even organize them by the date of release (that way you can see any upcoming releases too). And there is no better place to gauge the quality of a film than IMDB (or Rotten Tomatoes). Don't just look at the overall user rating, take a look at the forums or the user reviews to get a better idea of whether or not the movie would be worth it for you to see. Personally I can't think of a single film tagged as Steampunk that you wouldn't enjoy.

Happy hunting!

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« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2009, 01:20:59 am »

Steamboy is a good movie but I was a bit turned off by the length. It is 130 minutes long and, while I certainly enjoyed watching it, I found myself wondering how much longer it could go on. I also can't turn away from some of the massive glaringly ridiculous things that happen. That doesn't mean I don't like the movie. In fact, I love the movie. It's easily one of the best films the genre has to offer in terms of being definitively steampunk and not being possibly anything else. I'm a huge movie buff but I'm also very critical of film. You should definitely watch Steamboy.
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« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2009, 01:25:43 pm »

Steamboy is a good movie but I was a bit turned off by the length. It is 130 minutes long and, while I certainly enjoyed watching it, I found myself wondering how much longer it could go on. I also can't turn away from some of the massive glaringly ridiculous things that happen. That doesn't mean I don't like the movie. In fact, I love the movie. It's easily one of the best films the genre has to offer in terms of being definitively steampunk and not being possibly anything else. I'm a huge movie buff but I'm also very critical of film. You should definitely watch Steamboy.

Funny but I always think it's too short. I always feel that when movies are edited to the standard 90 minutes (or usually 89 for some reason) it's to cater to the reduced attention span of the kind of cinema goers that suck thier pop and rustle thier sweeties therfore making me unlikely to go in the first place.
 There are exceptions of course but I much prefer the movie to run the course and not condensed to fit the needs of auditoriums trying to fit in a prescribed number of 'showings' per day.
 When the movie first came out on DVD it had a shorter running time but I much prefer the so-called Director's Cut which, I believe, is the only version now available.

 Of course if a film is terrible AND long that's another matter entirely.
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« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2009, 01:53:28 pm »

'Steamboy', despite one or two plot holes is amazing!! The artwork is  just incredible and the steam powered machines are brilliantly designed (I love the Steamtroopers). If you are trying to find some 'steampunk' films to watch APF then you really should watch Steamboy ASAP. And while you're compiling your list add both Hellboy films, Wild Wild West (but if you can find a DVD of the original TV series rather than the Will Smith film all the better), The Golden Compass, City Of Lost Children (which is subtitled by the way) and just released '9' which I saw a trailer for over the weekend and looks awesomely steamy!
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« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2009, 01:57:07 pm »

It's a very very good film, brilliantly produced.  The attention to detail with the drawings of the machines is awe-inspiring (for example, the control panel of the Steam Castle.) 

I'd say you should definitely watch it.  At least twice.   
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« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2009, 02:19:57 pm »

I thought "Steamboy" was very good, but not great. I haven't seen it in a while, so I'm trying to think of specific reasons for feeling that way. I thought the visuals and gadgetry were outstanding. "9" was also rather good visually, although a little thin on plot.

If you'd like to see an exceptional anime series, check out "Last Exile". It's a 26 episode series set in an alternate world of ship-of-the-line airship battles, dogfights between beautifully designed "vanships", and a fantastic cast of characters. It does start off a little bit slow, due to there being so much world-building, but by episode 3 or 4 the main story is underway.


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« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2009, 06:01:15 pm »

Steam Boy is a very good film in my opinion. I know many folk don't like it due to the plot and perhaps it is only my Steampunky tastes that endears it to me... but it is very endeared to me and is one of my favourite films. If for nothing else, watch it for Patrick Stewart's awesome voice acting.
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« Reply #16 on: October 21, 2009, 02:07:41 am »

'Steamboy' is very good (and recently found in the $3 DVD bin at Big Lots, by the way), but for me, it suffers from the same problem as 'Akira'.  Just when you think it's about to end, it doesn't.  It's like there were a couple of endings and they just strung them together and it dragged on a bit.

But still very much worth watching.

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« Reply #17 on: October 21, 2009, 09:10:59 am »

Funny but I always think it's too short. I always feel that when movies are edited to the standard 90 minutes (or usually 89 for some reason) it's to cater to the reduced attention span of the kind of cinema goers that suck thier pop and rustle thier sweeties therfore making me unlikely to go in the first place.
 There are exceptions of course but I much prefer the movie to run the course and not condensed to fit the needs of auditoriums trying to fit in a prescribed number of 'showings' per day.
 When the movie first came out on DVD it had a shorter running time but I much prefer the so-called Director's Cut which, I believe, is the only version now available.

 Of course if a film is terrible AND long that's another matter entirely.

I've actually watched movies which I felt were either too long or too short, went back and watched them again later and thought the exact opposite. Funny how that happens, eh?
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« Reply #18 on: October 21, 2009, 09:19:08 am »

steamboy is a very very good movie
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« Reply #19 on: October 22, 2009, 07:37:58 am »

Fantastic movie. I love anime and steampunk. Putting the two together is pure, unadulterated win.
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« Reply #20 on: October 25, 2009, 08:01:05 pm »

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« Reply #21 on: October 25, 2009, 08:31:04 pm »

I've seen parts of Steamboy and I have to say it's very good, what I've seen.
If you'd like to see an exceptional anime series, check out "Last Exile". It's a 26 episode series set in an alternate world of ship-of-the-line airship battles, dogfights between beautifully designed "vanships", and a fantastic cast of characters. It does start off a little bit slow, due to there being so much world-building, but by episode 3 or 4 the main story is underway.
I agree that Last Exile is good. The one downside was in the first ep when I thought if I heard them use the word "chivalry" one more time I would throw a shoe through the TV.
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« Reply #22 on: October 26, 2009, 01:09:44 pm »

Steamboy ought to be required steampunk viewing. As an overall viewing experience it looks wonderful, but I had a few reservations.

I haven't watched it for a while but I remember being somewhat underwhelmed in terms of the storytelling. Quite conventional by Otomo's standards once you get past the steampunk trappings sadly.

Also its a great pity the English dub is so flawed by Anna Paquin because otherwise its great. I hate it when women are cast as an immature male voice. It's something BBC radio drama used to do often and you can always tell. She also has to try for a Mancunian accent and its just comes out sounding absurd.
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« Reply #23 on: October 27, 2009, 05:41:55 pm »


If you'd like to see an exceptional anime series, check out "Last Exile". It's a 26 episode series set in an alternate world of ship-of-the-line airship battles, dogfights between beautifully designed "vanships", and a fantastic cast of characters.

WickedPenguin speaks the truth.

Last Exile is visually stunning - epic battles between aerial dreadnaughts, steam-powered small arms and the sheer depth of the world Prester. Some great characterisations in there too. Plot wise, yes it's slow to get going, but well worth staying the 26-ep distance (it's just under 11 hours from beginning to end!) And it's not that expensive - I've seen the collected full series on DVD for less than £20


Steamboy - I've only watched it once right through and it's certainly enjoyable, though if you ignore the steampunk trappings, it would be pretty average anime fare - the steampunk visual elements definitely make it.

Must confess that I was somewhat put off by the dub - despite a strong voice cast it just didn't sit right with me... but then I almost always watch my anime subbed. I'll give Steamboy another go with the subs instead.



Other Steampunk anime are Steam Detectives (series - Sherlock Holmes with Giant Steam Robots!) and Laputa: Castle in the Sky (movie). There's also Nadia: Secret of Blue Water (series) which is largely based on Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Samurai 7, the anime series version of Kurosawa's classic movie Seven Samurai, is set in and contains steampunk elements.

I think of those, Samurai 7 and Laputa would be easy to get hold of, I'm not even sure if Steam Detectives or Nadia ever had a western release.
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« Reply #24 on: October 27, 2009, 06:10:38 pm »

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Must confess that I was somewhat put off by the dub - despite a strong voice cast it just didn't sit right with me... but then I almost always watch my anime subbed. I'll give Steamboy another go with the subs instead.
I dunno...I think the English dub (even with it's generic 'Northern accents'..let's face it..they're all over the place) makes it more palatable (IMHO) than if all these Victorian characters were spouting Japanese. Normally I agree that the sub-titled version of foreign films is far superior to a dubbed version but I would find the Japanese dialogue very distracting given it's 19th century English setting.
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