official site of filmmaker Michael Arias

Tekkon kinkreet directed by Michael Arias

What is it about the fire? So calm and peaceful but inside, all power and destruction. It´s hiding something. Just like people do. Sometimes you have to get close to find out what´s inside. Sometimes you have to get burned to see the truth.


2006 111m 2.35:1

a STUDIO4°C film directed by Michael Arias voices by Kazunari Ninomiya / Yū Aoi / Yusuke Iseya / Masahiro Motoki / Min Tanaka screenplay by Anthony Weintraub based on the manga by Taiyō Matsumoto animation supervisor and character design Shojiro Nishimi art director Shinji Kimura co-director Hiroaki Andō animation supervisors Chie Uratani and Masahiko Kubo computer graphics supervisor Takuma Sakamoto music by Plaid sound design Mitch Osias

copyright © Aniplex, Asmik Ace Entertainment, Shogakukan, Beyond C, dentsu, TOKYO MX

Selected Awards and Honors

  • 2008 Japan Academy Prize for Best Feature Animation
  • 57th Berlin International Film Festival Generation 14plus and Best First Feature nominations
  • 40th Sitges Film Festival—Gertie Award Jury Special Mention
  • Anima 2008 festival in Brussels, Belgium—Gran Prix
  • 2007 Fantasia International Film Festival—Golden Prize for Best Animated / Stop Motion Film
  • 31st Hong Kong International Film Festival—Animation Unlimited screening
  • 2007 Deauville Asian Film Festival—Panorama Selection
  • 2007 Nippon Connection Film Festival in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 2007 Camera Japan Festival in Holland
  • 2006 Mainichi Film Concours Noburō Ōfuji award for excellence in animation
  • 2010 Nippon Connection Film Festival in Frankfurt, Germany—Nippon Cinema program
  • 2008 Future Film Festival in Bologna, Italy—Lancia Platinum Grand Prize Special Mention
  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)—North American Premiere (April 25, 2007)
  • Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF)—World Premiere (October 21, 2006)

Tekkonkinkreet, for all its architecturally grimy virtuosity and flourishes of anime cool, remains the story of a damaged city that can still point to one mighty example of brotherly love.

— Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

By the end of this phantasmagorical journey, I was as wrapped up in the precarious fate of these two wounded kids and the honorable yakuza warlords of Treasure Town as I've been in any film all year.

— Andrew O'Hehir,

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