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Roujin Z: [1994 Amine by Katsuhiro Otomo]

Roujin Z: [1994 Amine by Katsuhiro Otomo]

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Seller's Description:  Roujin Z: [1994 Amine by Katsuhiro Otomo]
Akira English Language Version
Condition: Very Good +

Format Animated, Color, NTSC, Dubbed
Contributor Blair Fairman, Nigel Anthony, Nicolette McKenzie, Allan Wenger, Barbara Barnes (II), Adam Henderson, Jana Carpenter, Ian Thompson, Chisa Yokoyama, John Fitzgerald Jay, Toni Barry, Tamio Ôki, Sean Barrett, Hiroyuki Kitakubo, Rica Matsumoto, Shinji Ogawa, Chie Satou, Kôji Tsujitani, Peter Marinker
Language English

1 hour and 20 minutes

Roujin Z (老人ZRōjin Zetto, lit. "Old Man Z") is a 1991 Japanese animated science fiction action thriller film directed by Hiroyuki Kitakubo and written by Katsuhiro Otomo. The animation for Roujin Z was produced by A.P.P.P. in association with other companies including MovicSony Music Entertainment JapanAniplex and TV Asahi.

Roujin Z is set in early 21st-century Japan. A group of scientists and hospital administrators, under the direction of the Ministry of Public Welfare, have developed the Z-001: a computerized hospital bed with robotic features. The Z-001 takes complete care of the patient: it can dispense food and medicine, remove excretory waste, bathe and exercise the patient lying within its frame. The bed is driven by its own built-in nuclear power reactor—and in the event of an atomic meltdown, the bed (including the patient lying within) would become automatically sealed in concrete.

The first patient to be "volunteered" to test the bed is an 87-year-old dying widower named Kijuro Takazawa. He is an invalid who is cared for by a young nursing student named Haruko. The electronic elements within the Z-001 somehow manage to transcribe Takazawa's thoughts through Haruko's office computer, and he uses the communication to cry for help. Although she objects to such treatment of elderly patients, Haruko begrudgingly seeks the aid of a group of computer hackers in the hospital's geriatric ward to create and install a vocal simulation of Takazawa's deceased wife in the Z-001.[2][3] However, once Takazawa wishes to go to the beach, the Z-001 detaches itself from its moorings and escapes from the hospital with the man in its grasp.[2][6] Haruko's fears are then justified, as it is discovered that the bed is actually a government-designed, experimental weapons robot.

Roujin Z: [1994 Amine by Katsuhiro Otomo]


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