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by Katsuhiro Otomo





Director: Katsuhiro Otomo

Script: Sadayuki Murai, Katsuhiro Otomo

Aniatmion Superviser: Tatsuya Tomaru

Animation Director: Shinji Tagaki

Artistic Director: Shinji Kimura

Photographer: Mitsuhiro Sato

Sound: Keiichi Momose

Composer: Steve Jablonsky

Music: Yoko Kanno

Production: Toho Company, Bandai Vision

Gaumont Columbia
Tristar Films
131 avenue de Wagram
75017 Paris
Teel: 0033
Fax: 0033

Year: 2004

Screening: 2005

35 mm, Colour, 126 min
OV Japanese with French Subtitles

Japanese Animation

In 1851, while Victorian England is preparing the World Fair, young Ray is given a highly important mission by his grandfather. He has to handle a revolutionary invention, a mysterious metal sphere, to another scientist named Stephenson. This sphere is in fact a "steam ball", a source of energy with phenomenal power, the key to the mysterious mechanism of the "steam castle", the last and brilliant invention of Eddie, Ray’s father. The invention arises many people’s envy, and the powerful Ohara Foundation is ready to do anything to get hold of this invention they contributed to create. The conflict for its possession will lead Ray to the most exciting and dangerous adventures. From now on, future is in his hands...

Steamboy is a story of adventures poised between different worlds, combining the nostalgia of a time when imagination was fired, to great creativity. Using an original and evocative visual style and great graphic precision, this animation film takes us to a world, unlike any other.


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