Watch Patlabor The Movie Full Movie

Mamoru Oshii’s work on the anime series Patlabor and its subsequent feature film are considered by many, including the director himself, as the turning point in his career. After leaving Studio Pierott and striking out on his own as a freelancer on a few projects, Oshii would join the independent creative collective Headgear and become a major influence in shaping the aesthetic of their first project, Mobile Police Patlabor. Although Patlabor: The Movie can be described as a pure pop entertainment film, it still manages to incorporate the elements of history, politics and religion that define Oshii’s signature as a director. With a solid mix of action, mystery, and not-so-subtle post-WII era commentary, the first Patlabor film is not only an essential installment in Oshii’s filmography but in the canon of anime history.

Director: Mamoru Oshii
Writers: Kazunori Itô, Masami Yûki
Stars: Toshio Furukawa, David Jarvis, Doug Erholtz
Plot Keywords: robot | police | suicide | sabotage | adult animation
Genres: Animation | Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Certificate: PG