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Roujin Z [Import]
An elderly invalid is volunteered for a bizarre experiment. The Z-001 is a machine that take care of all human needs when linked with the brain waves of the subject. But due to a secret military prototype of the Z-001, the machine has turned into an unstoppable robot.
Japan faces the expensive problems of caring for an aging population. As a solution, Mr. Terada, an official in a mysterious government ministry, unveils the Z-001, a high-tech bed that cares for an invalid's every need. His chosen guinea pig of a patient is Mr. Takazawa, an aged man in the care of Haruko, a pretty young nurse. Haruko realizes that the machine can't attend to Mr. Takazawa's emotional needs and tries to rescue him. When Terada foils her efforts, she turns to a group of elderly patients--who turn out to be ace hackers. The complications pile up when an unscrupulous member of Terada's staff reveals that the Z-001 is actually a prototype battle robot. But once Haruko's aged hackers gain control of it, the Z-001 takes on the personality of Mr. Takazawa's late wife. It sets out to realize his dream of spending a day at the beach at Kamakura, wreaking havoc wherever it goes.
Although it's filled with robot battles, sexual jokes, and sinister-sounding acronyms, Roujin Z, written and designed by Katsuhiro Ôtomo, the director of Akira, has a humane warmth that sets it apart from run-of-the-mill anime features. Not rated, but minor nudity and sexual jokes are unsuitable for small children. --Charles Solomon
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Roujin Z is an incredibly hilarious satire on the treatment of the elderly and the prevailing attitudes toward them. I highly recommend this to anyone who has worked in the health care sector or related fields, as I think they are the ones who will appreciate Roujin Z's humour at its fullest.
Yes, the movie is a bit gross at times, but that's rather the point. Being stuck in an "old folks' home" is not clean and happifying. One fault is that at times it sounded like swears were thrown in just to make the movie seem more adult. (As if anyone under 21 would even understand the themes of the movie.)
The Z-001/Mrs.Takazawa voice is undoubtedly one of the most memorable anime characters ever for me. This movie has a good English dub.
Final answer: Watch this if you want to laugh.
This is a great story about an old man Takazawa, being put into a bed, the Z-001 created by Terada, a big bully like man. The bed will do anything for Takazawa and his nurse Haruko (who looks like my sister) knows that Takazawa doesn't like being inside of it. Thus begins a wild ride as the bed later begins thinking it's Takazawa's wife and it goes bezerk across the city en route to the beach at Kamakura.
This movie is also pretty funny especially the three old men who Haruko meets in the hospital. I certanly recommend it.
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This movie is silly, disgusting and satirical. There is a lot here that resembles Akira: detailed designs, solid direction, changing alliances, activist young people, and... Read morePublished on March 26 2004 by Dean Siren
when i watch a manga film i expect good gore and violence not a story about the aging population of futuristic japan and beds fighting each other - this film is shitPublished on Nov. 26 2000
Finally- a movie with an original plot! Very, very funny anime, definitely worth seeing.Published on July 15 2000
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