Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Memories (1995)

Directed by Kōji Morimoto, Tensai Okamura and Katsuhiro Otomo
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(DVD, Columbia TriStar)

An anthology of anime sci fi stories, by three of the leading directors in the genre. In the first story, a space freighter responds to a distress signal, which leads them to a mysterious giant space station. Inside, they find a holographic world of old world European elegance inhabited by an enigmatic opera singer. Her memories seem to populate the space station, drawing the explorers further and further into it, eventually leading to its destruction. In the second story, a lab technician is in infected with a virus that threatens to destroy Tokyo. The military try to stop him, but he relentlessly carries out his duties to deliver a sample which he mistakenly believes will stop it. In the final segment, a city is at perpetual war with an unseen enemy. They fire huge canons into the distance, requiring a huge dedicated workforce. A father and his young son go about their daily routine preparing the canons, unsure if it is doing any good. The stories are hit and miss, the first rather long and more drama than sci fi, the second just plain silly, but the third installment is the most successful, with its anti-war themes.

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