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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Robokon movie synopsis

 Satomi (Nagasawa Masami) is a student of a technical college. She is a lazy girl and poor at both study and club activities. One day, a teacher tells her she is short of credits and needs to have extra lessons. More lessons will be killing her, but the teacher gives her a proposal that if she joins the second robot club of the college and takes part in the coming Robokon with the club, he will accept that as the credit.

 'RobotContest' or Robokon is competed by one hundred and twenty-four teams from sixty-two technical colleges - two teams from each college. Everyteam consists of one robot and three members of crew - a captain, an operator and a mechanic. The captain of Satomi's team is the club leader Yotsuya, who has dropped out of the first robot club of the college because it is too tightly organized, but is worried about too few members of his club and his small gift of robot operation. The mechanic is Aida (Oguri Shun), who is a lonely genius -having enough gifts in technological fields and no cooperation. And theoperator is Satomi, who has never operated a robot before. Their robot is named 'BOXhund', designed with outstanding ideas but still incomplete. Still, through many setbacks and inter team squabbling, plus not having the best Robot entered in the contest, this being a feel good teen movie they qualify for the final Robokon contest and go all the way to win the championship, winning with one second left on the clock.

 Though it's far from a masterpiece this is such an enjoyable watch, especially Masami who won the newcomer of the year actress award for her role. Quite fluffy, predictable but the characters are so well played by the cast it's hard not pulling for them as they do eke out the championship in a very dramatic way. Mentioned it's not a masterpiece but it's a fun watch, have watched it at least 5 times and it gets better with every viewing, a must watch for all Masami fans, but kudos to the whole cast too for doing a good job, final rating of 8.5/10, highly recommended. Sadly couldn't find a trailer for the movie, but check the next few posts for many screenshots from the film.

Year: 2003     Running Time: 118 minutes

Masami Nagasawa – Satomi Hazawa
Shun Oguri – Koichi Aida
Atsushi Ito – Yotsuya
Takashi Tsukamoto – Kazuyoshi Takeuchi
Kazuma Suzuki – Zushi sensei
Risa Sudo – Sasaki sensei
Tsuyoshi Ujiki – Yoshiyuki Hazawa
Hideko Yoshida – Obaba
YosiYosi Arakawa – Gohara
Sei Hiraizumi – Wakita sensei

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