Black Jack


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Name:Black Jack
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Running Length:90 mins.
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Black Jack
Black Jack is a medical-drama science-fiction piece. Our protagonist, known as "Black Jack", is a mercenary surgeon who lives a reclusive lifestyle with a little girl named Pinoko. He commands huge prices for his work and is exceedingly skilled at what he does.

The primary plot covers our protagonist's experiences as he is commissioned to discover the cause of a new phenomenon that causes people to exhibit super-human talents. This delves into some medical whys and wherefores that someone with no knowledge of biology will just let wash over them. To some people this may sound like the scientific jargon that is thrown around in Star Trek, but most of it seems like moderately sane science. There are a couple of things that seem a little far fetched but it's not that difficult to suspend disbelief if you have been watching animé with giant robots saving the world or magical sailor scouts.

I personally liked the film as medical things interest me. There are depictions of surgery that are for the most part not particularly gory; there is however graphic violence and blood in the film. If the idea of people dying of disease and bullet holes turns your stomach then don't watch this. Having said that, I don't believe that any of the violent content is gratuitous.

Created by Osamu Tezuka, arguably the Godfather of Animé, it is not surprising that the animation and art style in the movie are really well done. Computer effects are integrated well, the only really obvious computer work in it, being some of the water textures and pixilated images that are being looked at through a view screen. Those people paying attention will recognise a reference to premiere animé, "Astro Boy" which is created by the same artist. A sly parody is also made of Star Wars.

Copyright 1996, this seems to be set in an alternate reality. It covers events that happen from 1996 to 1998. To viewers now it may seem like a piece designed to be futuristic. It comes across as being a little dated, but this far less ridiculous than Space1999.

Some critics will find the plot of this movie under explained. Why has the protagonist got scars all over his face? How did he get his extraordinary skill? Why does he have a little girl living with him? The reason for this is because these are characters from a series of comics. A movie cannot capture all of this back-story and present it in a way that wouldn't come across as cheesy. In my analysis the film works well as a stand-alone piece, and those elements of back-story are unnecessary to the plot.

Cheese value, I believe, is something that this story is lacking. The characters are believable and sincere and for the most part, the plot follows logical progressions. The themes get a little strained as we get a barrage of rants, toward the end of the movie, about environmental responsibility, but I didn't allow that to destroy my viewing experience.

Black Jack is a thinker's animé that will probably be favoured by those of us who prefer our cartoons on the darker side. It's not as flashy as Ghost in the Shell is, or as psychological as Perfect Blue, but all in all it's worth watching.

Overall Rating: 7
Animation:7 Plot:8 Humor:2 Sound Track:6
Weight: 40 (Reputable Vote)
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By: Erebus
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Black Jack
This anime is a thought provoking, unique and an imaginative story from the brilliant mind of Osamu Tezuka, godfather of anim. This story is centred around a surgeon, a very shadowy figure who will perform highly intense and difficult surgical operations too any who can meet his price.

My review is based on the movie recently released by Manga Video. It had a very complex story line and it raised some interesting issues.

By the end of the film, no only did I have a good feeling in my heart but I also wanted nothing more than to be a surgeon myself ^_^. I highly recommend Black Jack to intelligent audiances.

Overall Rating: 9
Animation:8 Plot:10 Sound Track:8
Weight: 10 (Trustworthy Vote)
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By: DeXeSs
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Black Jack
Intriguing and cleverly-written storyline.

Just like other works by Tezuka (that I have seen), Black Jack has the "human touch" that sets you thinking about life. Most stories left me somewhat sad though, as the characters' struggle against their own mortality reminds me of how helpless we really are. Despite the good doctor's extraordinary skills.

The character design is cool and one-of-its-kind.

The best part -- the way the details of each medical case were revealed, I found it surprisingly fascinating. And then I found out that Tezuka did have a medical degree of some sort in college!

Overall Rating: 9
Animation:7 Plot:9 Humor:6 Sound Track:8
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.18.66)
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Black Jack
Saw only two episodes, but I really like what I saw. Very good story line that does not have to do with major gut-wrenching violence. Thought-provoking story-line, Blackjack is the man!!!! Animation is excellent.

Overall Rating: 10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.204.119)
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Black Jack
I don't know why it says the average is 10? This movie is worth seeing but I'd only give it an 8. It has an interesting plot and the animation is not bad.

Overall Rating: 8
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.248.87)
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Black Jack
The reason I give it the rating 10 is because i love the character Black Jack and the other characters in the anime.

Overall Rating: 10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.204.21)
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