|Title (English)||Love City|
|Title (Japanese)||Ai City||Art Sample
|Review||LOVE CITY (Western Connection, cert 15, 100 mins,£12.99)....
An odd movie made in 1986 that tries to be a poor man's AKIRA, complete with psychics, motorcycles, genetic manipulation and so forth, but on a low budget fails to carry it off. It's all rather under-explained, and more than a little surreal, with apparently solid cityscapes developing torn holes into somewhere else when under psychic attack. but the theme is one of genetic manipulation, with the main characters fighting over 'Ai' a cute-looking young girl who has been artificially created and whose body contains a secret code (I think).
There are some characters called 'Frauds' (don't ask). The 'Headmeters' are psychics with digital readouts on their foreheads which display the intensity of their psychic powers. The "Tuned Men' are (Ithink) androids. If I"d been more interested I would have tried to find out the answers to all these questions.
'Ai' also means 'Love'; while AI = Artificial Intelligence, so the title is a pun that can means "love City" or "AI City". It does not, with a British cert 15, means what you thought it meant, you dirty lot...
It's interesting in places but in others it just gets lost in cheap looking effects. One for completists or anime
journalists; others should be able to find a better video to spend their money on.
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