In a future society where cyborgs who look like real people
can be owned, the city's police security force are on the
trail of Cyon, a rogue cyborg who is very powerful and extremely
dangerous. Meanwhile 'R', a reliable and respected member
of the security force is giving his chief cause for concern.
'R' has fallen in love with the pleasure cyborg Ria (colloquially
called Dolls by the media) and purchases her from a nightclub
owner near the end of her three-year life expectancy. With
the aid of a black market doctor/scientist he attempts to
find a way to prolong her life. Unfortunately, this involves
the use of a young woman from the streets, whose DNA structure
is a near match, and he is caught between protecting a human
life and saving his beloved. However, 'R' hasn't bargained
for Cyon's own agenda involving the same woman...
This is a difficult one to read. It tries to be many things
simultaneously, but fails to significantly be any one of them.
Imagine a live-action Manga attempt at Blade Runner
and you won't be too far away. There is the same mix of slums,
street life and futuristic settings, with roving advertisements.
are many Manga-like fight sequences incorporating intermittent
slow-motion reminiscent of The Matrix.
doesn't have the class of these influences, and it fails severely
on an emotional level. Frankly, you just don't care about
anyone in the movie. The most curious thing involves the dialogue;
is it the fault of the screenplay or the translation to English
subtitles that make the speech so unrealistic? Sometimes it
feels like you're caught up in a pantomime rather than a film,
with dialogue like "Duck", "Up above, now behind!" "Move!"
and swear words which just appear funny because they don't
appear to be in any context.
those who might enjoy Natural City the extras are fairly
good. There's a Making Of..., a Location Tour with the director,
and three deleted scenes. If you're curious about this one,
my advice would be rent, don't buy.
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