ANIME CLASSICS – METROPOLIS (メトロポリス, Metoroporisu) [Monday 4th March – Doors: 7:00pm]


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ANIME CLASSICS METROPOLIS (メトロポリス, Metoroporisu)

dir Rintarō (2001 / Japan / 108mins / Japanese with English subtitles) 

Doors: 7pm / Intro + Film: 7:30pm / Food served to 9pm / Event: 18+




Shunsaku, a private investigator, and his nephew Kenichi, discover a sinister plan which threatens humanity while apprehending a mad scientist accused of human trafficking.


Based on a manga by one of the founding fathers of Japanese animation, Osamu Tezuka (ASTRO BOY, KIMBA THE WHITE LION), directed by Rintarō (X: THE MOVIE, GALAXY EXPRESS 999), and written by Katsuhiro Ōtomo (AKIRA, STEAMBOY), METROPOLIS is a potent gateway to some of the most original creative minds in anime.


Osamu Tezuka was inspired to write his 1949 manga after reading about Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent sci-fi classic of the same name, a film he never actually saw. The anime leans more heavily into Lang’s film, using a cutting-edge (for the time) combination of CGI and traditional, hand-painted visuals.

Quite simply, it’s a world-building masterpiece as the beautifully designed characters explore METROPOLIS, “a grimy, fascist, violent place” (The Ghibliotheque Anime Guide), to discover its rotten secrets. The film’s stunning, jazz-infused score by Toshiyuki Honda, uses an entire Ray Charles song – “I Can’t Stop Loving You” – to chilling effect.


“The new milestone in anime. It has beauty, power, mystery, and above all… heart. Images from this film will stay with you forever.” (James Cameron)


ANIME CLASSICS is a celebration of Japanese animation, hosted by queer film fanatic Token Homo (BAR TRASH). All films screen in Japanese with English subtitles and an introduction. Tickets £3.


***Terms & Conditions: Advance tickets (whether bought online or in person at the venue) are non-refundable, except in the case of a show being cancelled. If you have purchased tickets in advance and cannot attend a show you can transfer the tickets to someone else by informing us in advance via email. Please be aware that there’s only one entrance to the venue and there are 20 stairs and no lift. We also have a no pets policy in the venue (sorry furry friends) and the venue is strictly over 18s past 9pm. Wearing masks whilst not seated it advised, please do not attend if you or any of your household have Covid-19 symptoms or have recently tested positive.***