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118_CD
minutes_NNS
;_;
not_XNOT
rated_VBN
(_)
though_CS
i_PP
suspect_VB
it_PP
would_MD
be_BE
rated_VBN
pg_NP
for_IN
adult_NN
themes_NNS
and_CC
language_NN
)_)
mamoru_???
oshii_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
name_NN
that_CS
probably_RB
isn't_BEZ
very_RB
well-known_JJ
to_IN
most_DT
american_JJ
audiences_NNS
,_,
but_CC
perhaps_RB
it_PP
should_MD
be_BE
._.
oshii_NP
was_BEDZ
the_DT
director_NN
of_IN
last_OD
year_NN
's_POS
best-known_JJ
japanese_JJ
animated_JJ
film_NN
import_NN
,_,
_ghost_RB
in_IN
the_DT
shell__???
,_,
and_CC
is_BEZ
known_VBN
among_IN
fans_NNS
of_IN
japanese_JJ
animation_NN
,_,
or_CC
anime_NN
,_,
for_IN
making_VBG
films_NNS
with_IN
a_DT
deep_JJ
philosophical_JJ
bent_JJ
._.
one_CD
of_IN
these_DT
films_NNS
was_BEDZ
the_DT
first_OD
theatrical_JJ
venture_NN
for_IN
the_DT
patlabor_NP
animated_JJ
series_NN
._.
in_IN
its_PP$
many_DT
incarnations--graphic_JJ
novels_NNS
(_(
"_"
manga_NP
"_"
)_)
,_,
two_CD
different_JJ
runs_NNS
of_IN
made-for-video_NP
episodes_NNS
(_(
original_JJ
animation_NN
videos_NNS
,_,
or_CC
oavs_???
for_IN
short_NP
)_)
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
television_NN
series_NN
running_VBG
to_IN
nearly_RB
fifty_CD
episodes--patlabor_NP
has_HVZ
proven_VBN
to_IN
be_BE
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
popular_JJ
series_NN
ever_RB
in_IN
japan_NP
._.
set_NN
in_IN
the_DT
very_RB
near_IN
future_NN
(_(
though_CS
it_PP
was_BEDZ
a_DT
somewhat_RB
farther_RBR
away_RB
near_IN
future_NN
when_CS
the_DT
series_NN
was_BEDZ
first_OD
conceived_VBN
)_(
,_,
this_DT
atypical_JJ
giant_NN
robot_NN
anime_NN
features_NNS
the_DT
characters_NNS
,_,
rather_RB
than_CS
the_DT
machinery_NN
,_,
as_CS
the_DT
primary_JJ
focus_NN
._.
as_CS
a_DT
whole_JJ
,_,
patlabor_NP
is_BEZ
the_DT
story_NN
of_IN
an_DT
exciting_JJ
time_NN
for_IN
japan_NP
._.
as_CS
the_DT
prologue_NN
to_IN
each_DT
episode_NN
of_IN
the_DT
television_NN
series_NN
explains_VBZ
,_,
giant_NN
industrial_JJ
robots_NNS
,_,
known_VBN
as_IN
"_"
labors_NNS
"_"
(_(
an_DT
interesting_JJ
play_NN
on_IN
words_NNS
,_,
considering_VBG
that_CS
"_"
robot_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
derived_VBN
from_IN
the_DT
czech_JJ
word_NN
for_IN
labor_NP
)_)
,_,
have_HV
come_VBN
into_IN
widespread_JJ
use_NN
in_IN
japan_NP
toward_IN
the_DT
close_JJ
of_IN
the_DT
twentieth_OD
century_NN
._.
with_IN
the_DT
rise_NN
of_IN
labors_NNS
,_,
however_RB
,_,
has_HVZ
come_VBN
a_DT
new_JJ
menace--labor_NP
crime_NN
._.
this_DT
led_VBD
to_IN
the_DT
creation_NN
of_IN
the_DT
two_CD
special_JJ
vehicle_NN
divisions_NNS
,_,
using_VBG
patrol_NN
labors_NNS
to_IN
fight_NN
labor_NP
crime_NN
._.
the_DT
patlabor_NP
story_NN
centers_NNS
around_IN
the_DT
second_NN
special_JJ
vehicle_NN
division_NN
,_,
sv2_???
,_,
who_WP
,_,
through_IN
no_DT
fault_NN
of_IN
their_PP$
own_DT
,_,
have_HV
acquired_VBN
a_DT
bad_JJ
reputation_NN
for_IN
destructiveness_NN
._.
sometimes_RB
utterly_RB
hilarious_JJ
,_,
sometimes_RB
almost_RB
deadly_JJ
serious_JJ
,_,
the_DT
patlabor_NP
series_NN
explores_VBZ
the_DT
interpersonal_JJ
relationships_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
special_JJ
vehicle_NN
crewmembers_NNS
,_,
and_CC
also_RB
looks_VBZ
at_IN
the_DT
effects_NNS
of_IN
technology_NN
on_IN
modern_JJ
life_NN
._.
those_DT
who_WP
are_BER
unfamiliar_JJ
with_IN
the_DT
patlabor_NP
story_NN
and_CC
characters_NNS
may_MD
find_VB
themselves_PPX
slightly_RB
confused_VBN
coming_VBG
into_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
,_,
although_CS
there_EX
is_BEZ
ample_JJ
background_NN
exposition_NN
provided_VBN
for_IN
new_JJ
viewers_NNS
._.
the_DT
story_NN
,_,
as_CS
has_HVZ
much_RB
of_IN
patlabor_NP
before_IN
,_,
centers_NNS
around_IN
the_DT
controversial_JJ
babylon_NN
project_NN
,_,
a_DT
gigantic_JJ
seawall_NN
that_CS
will_MD
,_,
on_IN
its_PP$
completion_NN
,_,
allow_VB
the_DT
reclamation_NN
of_IN
thousands_NNS
of_IN
square_NN
miles_NNS
of_IN
land_NN
from_IN
tokyo_NP
bay_NN
._.
this_DT
project_NN
has_HVZ
been_BEN
an_DT
almost_RB
constant_JJ
target_NN
of_IN
environmentalist_NN
terrorists_NNS
,_,
most_DT
notably_RB
the_DT
house_NN
of_IN
sea_NN
organization_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
the_DT
threat_NN
in_IN
this_DT
case_NN
comes_VBZ
not_XNOT
from_IN
any_DT
terrorist_NN
,_,
but_CC
from_IN
someone_PN
who_WP
is_BEZ
already_RB
dead_JJ
._.
._.
._.
shinohara_NP
heavy_JJ
industries_NNS
,_,
the_DT
premier_JJ
labor_NP
manufacturer_NN
in_IN
japan_NP
(_(
if_CS
not_XNOT
the_DT
whole_JJ
world_NN
)_)
,_,
has_HVZ
just_RB
come_VBN
out_RP
with_IN
a_DT
new_JJ
operating_NN
system_NN
that_CS
increases_VBZ
labors_NNS
'_"
movement_NN
speed_NN
and_CC
efficiency_NN
by_IN
30_CD
%_NN
._.
this_DT
hyper_NN
operating_NN
system_NN
,_,
hos_???
for_CS
short_JJ
,_,
has_HVZ
very_RB
quickly_RB
been_BEN
installed_VBN
into_IN
well_RB
over_IN
90_CD
%_NN
of_IN
the_DT
nation_NN
's_POS
labors_NNS
._.
._.
._.
including_IN
the_DT
patrol_NN
labors_NNS
of_IN
sv2_???
._.
since_CS
that_DT
installation_NN
,_,
dozens_NNS
of_IN
labors_NNS
,_,
including_IN
a_DT
heavily-armed_JJ
military_JJ
model_NN
,_,
have_HV
begun_VBN
to_IN
go_VB
on_IN
berzerk_NP
rampages_NNS
for_IN
no_DT
apparent_JJ
reason_NN
._.
._.
._.
and_CC
the_DT
only_JJ
factor_NN
they_PP
all_PDT
had_HVD
in_CD
common_JJ
was_BEDZ
that_CS
they_PP
were_BED
all_PDT
running_VBG
under_IN
the_DT
new_JJ
hos_???
._.
(_)
some_DT
wags_???
have_HV
compared_VBD
this_DT
to_IN
windows_NNS
95_CD
._.
)_)
it_PP
's_BEZ
up_RP
to_TO
asuma_NN
shinohara_JJ
,_,
labor_NP
command_NN
officer_NN
with_IN
sv2_???
and_CC
the_DT
son_NN
of_IN
the_DT
president_NN
of_IN
shinohara_NP
heavy_JJ
industries_NNS
,_,
to_IN
find_NN
the_DT
source_NN
of_IN
these_DT
problems_NNS
before_IN
more_DT
labors--including_NN
sv2_???
's_MD
own--fall_RB
victim_NN
to_IN
them_PP
,_,
and_CC
before_IN
hos_???
drags_NNS
his_PP$
father_NN
's_POS
company_NN
down_IN
with_IN
it_PP
._.
as_CS
was_BEDZ
the_DT
case_NN
with_IN
_ghost_RB
in_IN
the_DT
shell__???
,_,
if_CS
you_PP
just_RB
want_VB
a_DT
no-brainer_NN
actionfest_NN
,_,
this_DT
might_MD
not_XNOT
be_BE
the_DT
movie_NN
for_IN
you_PP
._.
_patlabor_NP
:_:
the_DT
movie__???
is_BEZ
more_DT
of_IN
a_DT
psychological_JJ
thriller_NN
,_,
a_DT
technological_JJ
suspense_NN
drama_NN
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
closer_RBR
,_,
perhaps_RB
,_,
to_IN
a_DT
chrichton_NP
novel_NN
than_CS
to_IN
an_DT
action_NN
movie_NN
(_(
crichton_NP
novels_NNS
that_CS
have_HV
been_BEN
made_VBN
_into__???
action_NN
movies_NNS
notwithstanding_IN
)_)
._.
there_EX
are_BER
long_JJ
,_,
thoughtful_JJ
montages_NNS
of_IN
dialogueless_NN
footage_NN
as_IN
two_CD
investigators_NNS
make_VB
their_PP$
way_NN
through_IN
slums_NNS
and_CC
derelict_JJ
housing_NN
in_IN
old_JJ
quarters_NNS
of_IN
tokyo_NP
,_,
similar_JJ
to_IN
sequences_NNS
from_IN
_ghost_RB
in_IN
the_DT
shell__???
._.
this_DT
movie_NN
is_BEZ
fraught_JJ
with_IN
symbolism--in_???
fact_NN
a_DT
large_JJ
part_NN
of_IN
it_PP
is_BEZ
based_VBN
on_IN
christian_JJ
symbolism_NN
._.
patlabor_NP
's_POS
near-future_NN
setting_NN
is_BEZ
,_,
aside_RB
from_IN
the_DT
giant_NN
robots_NNS
tromping_VBG
around_IN
,_,
very_RB
similar_JJ
to_IN
our_PP$
own_DT
present_JJ
day_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
uses_VBZ
this_DT
setting_NN
to_IN
make_VB
its_PP$
central_JJ
point_NN
:_:
is_BEZ
progress_NN
moving_VBG
too_RB
fast_RB
for_IN
humans_NNS
to_IN
keep_NN
up_RP
?_?
are_BER
history_NN
and_CC
culture_NN
falling_VBG
by_IN
the_DT
wayside_NN
like_IN
the_DT
old_JJ
buildings_NNS
that_CS
are_BER
being_BEG
torn_VBN
down_RP
and_CC
replaced_VBN
with_IN
new_JJ
?_?
this_DT
is_BEZ
a_DT
question_NN
just_RB
as_IN
applicable_JJ
to_IN
today_RB
as_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
to_IN
patlabor_NP
's_POS
alternate-1999_???
setting_NN
._.
as_CS
far_RB
as_CS
the_DT
technical_JJ
aspects_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
go_VB
(_(
referring_VBG
to_IN
the_DT
subtitled_JJ
version_NN
,_,
as_CS
that_DT
's_BEZ
the_DT
only_RB
one_CD
i've_???
seen_VBN
)_(
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
transfer_NN
is_BEZ
clear_JJ
,_,
almost_RB
phenomenally_RB
so_RB
._.
the_DT
animation_NN
quality_NN
is_BEZ
incredible_JJ
,_,
though_CS
the_DT
character_NN
design_NN
is_BEZ
different_JJ
from_IN
what_WDT
most_DT
patlabor_NP
fans_NNS
will_MD
be_BE
used_VBN
to_IN
._.
the_DT
oavs_???
and_CC
tv_NN
series_NN
were_BED
more_RBR
cheerful_JJ
,_,
better-suited_VBN
to_IN
humor_NN
;_;
the_DT
movie_NN
,_,
however_RB
,_,
makes_VBZ
everyone_PN
look_VB
a_DT
great_JJ
deal_NN
less_DT
cute_JJ
,_,
and_CC
emphasizes_VBZ
that_CS
this_DT
is_BEZ
going_VBG
to_TO
be_BE
,_,
for_IN
the_DT
most_DT
part_NN
,_,
a_DT
deadly_JJ
serious_JJ
storyline_JJ
._.
as_CS
far_RB
as_CS
cinematography_NN
goes_VBZ
,_,
there_EX
are_BER
many_DT
interesting_JJ
moments_NNS
in_IN
_patlabor_NP
:_:
the_DT
movie__???
._.
i_PP
don't_DO
think_VB
i_PP
can_MD
recall_VB
ever_RB
seeing_VBG
a_DT
fish-eye_NN
perspective_NN
used_VBN
in_IN
any_DT
other_JJ
animated_JJ
film_NN
(_(
save_VB
for_IN
_ghost_RB
in_IN
the_DT
shell__???
,_,
another_DT
oshii_NP
film_NN
)_)
,_,
or_CC
indeed_RB
,_,
in_IN
many_DT
other_JJ
movies_NNS
at_IN
all_PDT
._.
the_DT
cinematography_NN
is_BEZ
well-suited_VBN
to_IN
the_DT
storyline_JJ
,_,
emphasizing_VBG
what_WDT
it_PP
needs_VBZ
to_IN
,_,
though_CS
a_DT
couple_NN
of_IN
scenes_NNS
(_(
where_CS
characters_NNS
'_"
features_NNS
are_BER
exaggerated_VBN
in_IN
anger_NN
)_)
may_MD
seem_VB
slightly_RB
strange_JJ
to_IN
western_JJ
audiences_NNS
._.
the_DT
audio_NN
track_NN
of_IN
_patlabor_NP
:_:
the_DT
movie__???
is_BEZ
in_CD
glorious_JJ
hi-fi_NN
stereo_NN
,_,
and_CC
should_MD
be_BE
used_VBN
to_IN
demonstrate_VB
home_RB
theater_NN
systems--it_???
_is__???
that_DT
good_JJ
._.
even_RB
without_IN
headphones_NNS
,_,
sounds_NNS
from_IN
either_DT
side_NN
of_IN
the_DT
screen_NN
can_MD
be_BE
clearly_RB
heard_VBN
to_IN
_come__???
from_IN
that_CS
side_NN
._.
giant_NN
robot_NN
footsteps_NNS
are_BER
deep_JJ
and_CC
booming_JJ
._.
the_DT
sometimes-understated_VBN
,_,
sometimes-blaring_VBG
score_NN
is_BEZ
crisp_JJ
and_CC
clear_JJ
,_,
and_CC
always_RB
right_JJ
on_IN
the_DT
mark_NN
,_,
enhancing_VBG
the_DT
moods_NNS
created_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
animated_JJ
scenery_NN
._.
as_CS
far_RB
as_CS
the_DT
subtitles_VBZ
go_NN
,_,
i_PP
have_HV
to_TO
say_VB
that_DT
they're_???
among_IN
the_DT
most_DT
easily-readable_JJ
subtitles_VBZ
i've_???
ever_RB
seen_VBN
for_IN
_anything__???
._.
large_JJ
enough_RB
that_CS
they_PP
don't_DO
strain_VB
the_DT
eyes_NNS
,_,
but_CC
small_JJ
enough_RB
not_XNOT
to_TO
conceal_VB
too_RB
much_DT
of_IN
the_DT
screen_NN
._.
although_CS
it_PP
does_DOZ
have_HV
several_DT
action_NN
sequences_NNS
in_IN
it_PP
,_,
most_DT
notably_RB
the_DT
climactic_JJ
conclusion_NN
,_,
_patlabor__???
is_BEZ
foremost_JJS
not_XNOT
an_DT
action_NN
movie_NN
._.
although_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
superbly-realized_JJ
film_NN
,_,
it_PP
relies_VBZ
in_IN
large_JJ
part_NN
upon_IN
prior_JJ
familiarity_NN
with_IN
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
to_IN
carry_VB
the_DT
story_NN
,_,
and_CC
that_CS
could_MD
detract_VB
from_IN
some_DT
people_NN
's_POS
enjoyment_NN
._.
my_PP$
._.