Osamu Tezuka wrote "Metropolis" prior to the huge success of his Astro Boy manga and the hit T.V. series that followed. Tezuka never completed "Metropolis" to his satisfaction but it has now been brought back to life by Katsuhiro Otomo (creator of "Akira") and Rintaro (from the Astro Boy T.V. show). A detecive, Shunsaku Ban, and his nephew, Kenichi (both are in the original Astro Boy manga), travel to the tri-level city of Metropolis in search of an organ smuggler. Their search takes them much deeper into the heart of Metropolis than they ever thought. The powerful Duke Red has created a superhuman android through which he will be able to control all robots. This android is in the form of his deceased daughter Tima. However, before she is completed she is lost in the labyrinth beneath Metropolis and meets Kenichi. What follows is a story of innocence betrayed by corruption and the ironic justice that must follow.
There are wonderful backdrops throughout the whole movie. Many of these were created using C.G. but are flawlessly integrated. The characters are drawn in that typical Tezuka style and any Astro Boy fans will love little camios by Tezuka's regular "actors" such as Lamp and Kim Sankaku.
The plot is intrigueing, the visuals are great, and there is a lot of social comentary thrown in. All in all a fantastic movie for any anime fan and a good intro to anime for those not familiar with the genre.