This Japanese animé production echoes the themes of director Fritz Lange’s 1926 silent classic of the same name. Set in the futuristic city of Metropolis, robots have taken over much of the work force, creating a feeling of distrust and resentment from humans. The President announces a celebration to inaugurate the new Ziggurat building, which will make Metropolis a world power. But in the midst of celebration, signs of unrest appear. Duke Red hires a renegade scientist known to create illegal robots to create a robot replica of his lost daughter. When the laboratory is destroyed, Kinichi, visiting the city with his detective uncle, saves the human looking robot, Timna. The unusual pair find an unexpected attraction for one another. And Timna’s relation to the Ziggurat building is even more unexpected.
The story of Metropolis is filled with interesting allusions to biblical themes. Like Nimrod standing atop the tower of Babel, the President declares the tower will draw the world’s attention to Metropolis. And the impending destruction of the city is halted by an act of sacrificial love. Unfortunately, the dialogue includes a few unnecessary obscenities which, along with graphic violent images, mars the tale of METROPOLIS.