Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo. 124 min. Rated R. 124 min. Japan. Animation.
Apparently, the landmark of Japanese anime. Being unfamiliar to the territory, the whole feature was strangely both original and post-modern to me. There's a theory (probably my own) that when grown-ups are unable to implement their ideas into an adult/live-action movie, they resort to children's medium/animation - and this two-hour-plus film, which contains extreme violence, nudity, and extravagant sci-fi concepts that would make James Cameron shiver from thoughts of the live-action budget, is a testimony to that effect. With stunning visuals throughout, the story was so wild with imagination, even a sci-fi-lover like me needed some urgent Wikipedia research.