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Roujin Z [Import]

Chisa Yokoyama , Toni Barry , Hiroyuki Kitakubo    Unrated   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! Best comedic anime ever. April 1 2008
There isn't much anime I've seen that I could call a genre-breaker, but this is one of them. I see another review complained that they want action and gore when they watch anime. Well, read the item information before you buy. Anime is a rather vague and never-to-be-defined-exactly term.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I had to do this... June 19 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I was scanning for a new anime when I saw RoujinZ AND the little bit of review from DJ-Crackhead (DJMETH) -which you can read for yourself. This anime, for me, is one of the funniest out there and I've seen most of them - warning; you have to pay attention! The dialog is fast and you can miss the acronyms ie-agedly challenged = A.C.H.E. and how about the -Special Homes In The Sun = ;-) - if you really enjoy anime, buy it! It's certainly worth renting at least once. ps - I wrote this to push an unfair review down the list, so, if you don't agree with me, that's fine, you can sound off about it to me at JJsWorld@kc.rr.com. I only ask you watch the film and judge for yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my 10 favorite movies May 28 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
I'm not that much of a fan of anime but this along with Sailor Moon are the only two animes that appeal interest to me.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A very, very funny anime...one heck of a ride! Dec 25 1998
Format:VHS Tape
Roujin Z is the story of Haruko, a young nurse caring for Takazawa, an invalid. A corporation, wishing to rid the world of the care the elderly, builds the Z-001, a hospital bed capable of tending to Takazawa's every need. Haruko decides it's her responsiblity to save him, and things go nuts when the Z-001 begins believing it is his dearly departed wife, which is what Takazawa really needs. This film is written and designed by Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) so you know it's gotta be cool. Even if you're not a big fan of anime, or cartoons in general, you owe it to yourself to check it out...it's a jewel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, classic Oct. 14 2002
This is a wonderfully funny movie about health care. The story has some very unbelievable spot, well nearly half the movie, but that doesn't matter. This is a typical comical anime. I would recommend it to all who like animes like the Slayers, or Sakura Wars.
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