Tekkonkinkreet (鉄コン筋クリート Tekkon Kinkurīto?, a child's mispronunciation of "Tekkin Konkurito" (steel reinforced concrete)  is a 2006 feature-length Japanese anime film, directed by Michael Arias and animated by Studio 4°C, adapted from the three-volume seinen manga series of the same name by Taiyō Matsumoto, which was originally serialized in North America between October 1998 and April 2000 in Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits and first published in English as Tekkonkinkreet: Black & White. It was first released in Japan on December 23, 2006. The story takes place in the fictional Treasure Town and centers on a pair of orphaned street kids - the tough, canny Black and the childish, innocent White, together known as the Cats - as they deal with yakuza attempting to take over the city of Treasure Town. The manga was released in North America on October of 1998 and was re-released on September 25, 2007 as a compilation of three comics in one.
In Treasure Town, orphans Black and White rule the mean streets through violence and terror. These lost boys are direct opposites: Black being a streetwise punk who embodies everything wrong about the city, while White is a innocent dope, out of touch with the world around him. They're on the quest to prevent a yakuza plot to turn this city into a amusement park. Together, they're unstoppable as they take on petty thugs, religious fanatics and brutal yakuza. But when a corporation called "Kiddy Kastle" tries to tear down and rebuild Treasure Town to fit its own goals, the boys must save the soul of their beloved city, that is if they can save themselves from inner demons.
Tekkon Kinkreet won the prestigious Best Film Award at the 2006 Mainichi Film Awards. It was also named Barbara London's top film of 2006 in the annual "Best of" roundup by the New York Museum of Modern Art's Artforum magazine. In 2008, it received 'best original story' and 'best art direction' from the Tokyo International Anime Fair. It won the 2008 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.
|Character||Theatrical version||Video version|
|Black||Kazunari Ninomiya||Scott Menville|
|White||Yu Aoi||Kamali Minter|
|Suzuki aka Rat||Min Tanaka||David Lodge|
|Kimura||Yusuke Iseya||Rick Gomez|
|Chocola||Nao Omori||Alex Fernandez|
|Dawn||Yukiko Tamaki||Yuri Lowenthal|
|Fujimura||Tomomichi Nishimura||Maurice LaMarche|
|Kimura's Wife||Kate Higgins|
|The Alien Assassins||Uncredited|
|The Doctor*||Steven Jay Blum|
- - Minor Role
- Wallace, Julia (2007-04-24). "Tracking Shots: Tekkonkinkreet". Film (The Village Voice). Retrieved 2007-04-26.
- "Michael Arias's Tekkonkinkreet". The Museum of Modern Art 2007 Film Exhibitions. MoMA.org. 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-26.
- Amid (2006-03-21). "Production I.G’s TEKKON KINKURITO". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 2007-04-26.
- Schilling, Mark (2006-12-21). "Outlander gazes into Showa's soul". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2007-04-25.
- (Japanese) "映画「鉄コン筋クリート」OFFICIAL BLOG － TOL ブログ(Blog) 芸能人・有名人・ツタヤのお店がエンタメを語る～". Retrieved 2007-04-27.
- "GreenCine Daily: Artforum. Best of 2006". Retrieved 2007-04-27.
- Eva 1.0 Wins Tokyo Anime Fair's Animation of the Year - Anime News Network
- (Japanese) "Animation of the year". Retrieved 2008-03-30.
- Wong, Amos. "Tekkon Kinkreet". (January 2007) Newtype USA. p. 99.
- (Japanese) Tekkon Kinkreet official site
- Tekkon Kinkreet official site at Sony Pictures
- Otaku USA interview with Michael Arias
- IONCINEMA.com interview with Michael Arias
- Daily Yomiuri/de-VICE interview with Michael Arias
- Interview with Arias
- Tekkon Kinkreet trailer
- Tekkon Kinkreet at Anime News Network
- (Japanese) Production I.G official site
- Tekon kinkurîto at the Internet Movie Database
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