Metropolis Script - Dialogue Transcript

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Metropolis Script



Every epoch dreams its successor.

--Jules Michelet



Producers Masao Maruyama

Iwao Yamaki



Based on the Comic by

Osamu Tezuka



Screenplay by

Katsuhiro Otomo



Character Design/ Animation Supervisor

Yasuhiro Nagura



CG/ Art Director

Shuichi Hirata



CG Technical Director

Tsuneo Maeda




Toshiyuki Honda



Directed by




At this moment our state

extends its reach to the stars!



I tremble at the honor

of announcing...



...the culmination of humanity's

long history of intellect and science.



Our power spans the earth.

Now it will illuminate the stars!



May it stand forever!

Our Ziggurat!



Those robots are getting big ideas.

They don't know their place!



But our economy is unthinkable

without robot labor.



Yes, but they cause friction

with human workers.



The enemy is developing new weapons.



What Metropolis needs is a leader

who will be a powerful symbol!



Duke Red, with the Ziggurat complete,

will you be entering politics?



Don't be silly!



As long as President Boone governs,

our state is secure.



Politics has no need of me.



Mr President, would you like to see

Duke Red in politics?



Don't encourage him! How could I

compete with anyone so popular?



It is true there are

military facilities in the Ziggurat?



Would the Mayor care to comment?



Ask Minister of State Skunk

about that.



Hurray for the Ziggurat!

Long live Metropolis!



Hurray for the Ziggurat!

Long live Metropolis!



Uncle Shunsaku...what does

'ziggurat' mean?



Who knows?



Hey! Look up there!



What's that?



Malduk! It's the Malduks!



There he is!



You said she'd be ready tonight,

Dr Laughton.



Er, well...



What is the meaning of this?

I've given you the best facilities...


            can buy!



If you could wait a little longer.

I'm almost done.



I'm tired of hearing that.



I'll be at your lab tomorrow night.



But it's not the kind of place

you'd go to!



And the place is a mess!



Get back to work!



It's me.



I hear there was trouble, Rock.



Yes. A robot agitator in the plaza.



You were supposed to have

that under control!



Yes, Father.



Fool! I am not your father!



I merely found you during

the last war and took you in.



Yes, sir.



I'm Shunsaku Ban,

a private investigator from Japan.



I have a letter of introduction

to Superintendent Notarlin.



I see.



So you're saying this 'Dr Laughton'...


            hiding out...


            in Metropolis?



Yes. This is a reliable tip from

an organ smuggler he dealt with.



The International Human Rights

Committee and other organizations...



...have issued warrants against him...



...for vivisection experiments

and dealing in human organs.



To which end I ask

for your cooperation...



...seeing I've never been in this city

and I don't know east from west here.



I'd like to help, but with

the celebrations for the Ziggurat...



...going on all this week...


           's taking every single person

I have...


            keep things under control.



I don't have anybody...



Well, I could give you a robot

if that's OKwith you.



A robot?!



Yes. He's very good.



He's not authorized

to arrest people...



...but he can certainly assist you

in your investigation.



Do I have to return him

with a full tank?



He only needs refueling

every five years.



Soon they won't need us any more.



I'm Ken-ichi. How do you do.



I am Model    -D-RP-DM...



...   - -C.



Uh, how do you do.



The completion of the Ziggurat...



...establishes our Metropolis

as the world leader...


            industry, economics

and culture.



Thus is born a State that will

last a thousand years!



I tremble at the honor

of announcing...



...the culmination of humanity's

long history of intellect and science.



Our power spans the earth.

Now it will illuminate the stars!



May it stand forever! Our Ziggurat!



Well, where do we start, uh...



...    uh...



'D-RP-DM   - -C'.



Don't you have an easier name?



We are not allowed human names,

as it may infringe...



...upon human rights.



I know! As of now,

your name is 'Pero'.



That's a dog's name!



That's right.

I used to have a dog named 'Pero'.



He was a great dog.



In my opinion, a criminal

could not hide...



...up here in Metropolis.



I have reliable sources

that say he's here!



Dr Laughton would not hide up here.

He would go to Zone   .



'Zone   '?






Hey! You are a detective!



It is simply a calculation

of probabilities.



Robots are strictly forbidden...


            operate outside

their assigned area.



That robot...



...was not authorized

to operate at surface level.



OK, but who are those guys?

They look like fascists.



The Malduk Party, vigilantes

who started as a political group.



Movement between levels is restricted.



No one who carries the mark

may pass through this gate.



So that robot had the mark?






Each block has a gate like this.



There are, of course, hidden ways

and people...



...who work as guides to them.



Damn right! The system's wrong!


            takes light

to create shadow, I guess...



This level is not

particularly dangerous...



...but there are places in which

police writ does not run.



Avoid them.



We can't do that.

We're not here as tourists.



Duke Red...



Let's see it.



Very good.



Isn't she finished?



Her final-stage energy processor

isn't stable yet.



Are you using real organs?



Dear me, no! That's illegal!



Real organs are quicker,

but they don't last very long.



Hers are mechanical. I made them.



She will be my masterpiece!



When will you finish?



Within the week.

If I start her too early...



..she'll build up too much energy,

catch fire and explode.



My Tima...



I'm not giving you to anyone!



I'll put on the finishing touches...



...and together we will flee!



Rock? What are you doing here?



Protecting my father is

my most important task.






But Duke Red has no children.



And the child who died was a girl.



Quiet! I know what you're up to.



No mad scientist is going to

deceive my father.



And no mannequin like this

will steal his heart.






It is at Duke Red's request

I've made Tima.



Tima is the super-being

who is to sit...



...on the Throne of Power

atop the Ziggurat.



You lie!



He would never give

the Ziggurat to a robot!



Perhaps you should ask

Duke Red about that.



Will you destroy...



...the super-being for whom

the one you call 'Father' waits?



No robot will steal my father!



No! Don't!



O ye Gods, give me courage...



...and strength to guard

my father from machines!









A Malduk set that fire!



I saw him!



The ones up there want to kill us!



Atlas is right!



They think we're nothing but garbage!



To arms! Now we have to fight!



Please remain calm. Fire-fighting

operations are commencing.



Everyone please step back.



Robots out!



First you take our jobs,

and now you're trying to kill us!



This is no time to be fighting!



What the...?!



But why did he set fire

to that old factory?



Well, that strange old man

was around...



An old man? This one?






Thanks a lot!



There's someone in there!






Ken-ichi, go round the back.






Come on, Laughton!






That notebook?






Laughton's lab burned down?!



I guess he was doing an experiment.

The fire just ripped right through it.



What happened to him?



His body was found.



Whatever he was doing...



...considering there are

warrants for his arrest...


            must have been

something dangerous.



What's wrong, Father?

What did Dr Laughton mean to you?



Get out!



Leave me alone.



Where am I?



That was sure some fire!



Well, it was just an old factory.



Saves the trouble of tearing it down.



This is strange.



She was the most advanced

robot there is.



There should be something left...



Pero, who's that?



Rock of the Malduks.



He's young, but he's one of

their main men.



They say he does

Duke Red's dirty work.



Duke Red?



Is he connected with the Malduks?



He's the party founder.



Now there's no official connection,

but he funds their activities.



It's a public secret.



Everyone knows.



Where does this sewer come out?



It merges up ahead with

the sewage from Zone  ...



...and goes to the processing plant

in Zone  .



If she's down there she'll have been

chopped up with the other garbage.



Anyone else, yes.



The criminal always returns

to the scene.



An old saying, but a good one.



We should continue searching

for Ken-ichi.



Who are you?



'Who are you.'



No, no, call yourself'I'.



'I' am who?



'I am'...



You are I.






'You' are 'I'. 'I' am 'you'...






I am who.



Yeah, that's right.

And I'm Ken-ichi.












Anyway, it'll all come to you

after a while.



Your name, your family,

your father, your mother...






Uh, thanks, I guess.



I know this is food,

but it's all rotten.






Yeah. You put it in your mouth

like this...and eat it.



No, don't eat that!

It'll make you sick!



'No, don't eat...make you sick'...



Attention Control::cloud cover  .  .

Clear to proceed with experiment.



Magnetic bias  . .

Continuing line adjustment.



Commencing cooling.



Opening dome.



   seconds to radiation...     ...



Motor, cooling, sensor

and operating systems, all 'go'.



Control authorization.

We are 'go'.



Energy condensers confirmed at

Level   plus-  .






Observation Group to Control::

transmitting footage from city.



Commencing final preparations.



Magnetic target::bias  .  .



Optical target::bias  .  .



Radiation equipment in position.



We'll radiate for three minutes.



Citizens won't be affected,

but above-ground robots will.



I'm having everything recorded.



The data will be valuable.



Begin at Level  .



Yes, Doctor.



Commencing radiation!



Terminate Level-  radiation

at      seconds.



Solar constant deviation

at minus    .



Five seconds to Sector R...



... ... ... ...  ...



Omotanium fusion!



Omotanium confirmed

in Fraunhoffer phase.



     ...     ...     ...



Sunspot field density

    and rising.



Ionospheric disturbance.

Communications disrupted.



Level-  radiation terminated.



Control disengaged.






This will set the whole world

on its ear!



You now hold the power

of the gods themselves.



If only Dr Laughton had finished

building our guardian deity...



He's caused anomalies in sunspots...



...and bathed Earth

in harmful magnetic radiation.



It's an outrage that he would

endanger national security...


            developing such a thing!



The Malduk robot hunters...



...are using this as an excuse...


            cry 'human rights' and press

for changes in the Robot Law.



The pro-robot citizens' groups...



...say that's reactionary nonsense.

They're organizing protests.



There's fighting breaking out.



This is our chance, Mr President!



We could make a case

for treason here.



Will the military support us?



Some units are under Duke Red's

influence, but I can handle that.



We'll stir up the public

with a few leaks.



Once sentiment is against Duke Red,

we'll arrest him for treason.



Should military action be needed,

you have...





I suspect he was the guy

who did in Laughton.



What I don't understand is

how they were connected.



Just what was Laughton

working on, anyway?



What will you do?



Laughton's already dead.

I want at least to know why.



My client deserves that.



Where's he going now?



Zone   I think.



There's another level below this?

How far down does this place go?



Zone   is the Metropolis

power-plant area.



Zone   below that

is the sewage-handling facility.



The sewage facility...



You know, he was looking at

a drain behind that factory...



I'll report back and get

permission to go below.



I'll file a missing-persons

report on Ken-ichi, too.



Hey! You're kind of old

for a petty thief!.






If anyone was wandering around

down there...



...they'd notice him right away.



How often are you down here?



Twice a week,

for maintenance on the robots.



These are Albert II types.

It's their last check this week.



Is anyone here?



You never get used to the stink

down here, though.



No human could last a day

at this work.



What is it?



Someone's there.






Hey! What are you doing there?!



This is a restricted area!



So she survived...






What are you doing?!



It's all right. They're criminals.



How do we get out of here?



Stop that, please!

You'll hit the equipment!



Are you OK?



That guy's trying to kill us!



Move! Move! Out of the way!



You piece of junk!






Is it safe?



It looks OK.



What's wrong?



Oh, I get it...



Fifi can't go through that gate.



Thanks for everything, Fifi.

We'll see you again.









It's him!






No weapons through here.

May I see your I D?



I'm Rock of the Malduks!



Demonstrations are forbidden

during Celebration Week.



Please disperse immediately.












Pay up!



They're not here!



They have to be! Keep looking!



Look over that way!



What's the matter, Atlas?

We're waiting for your signal!



Not today. There are Malduks

all over the place.



Was there a leak?



They're the reason.



Rock's after them.



Come on!



He was at that factory...



Who are you?

Where did you come from?



I'm Ken-ichi. I'm from Japan.

My uncle's a private...



A private what?



Uh...a journalist!

I'm his assistant.



Why is Rock after you?



I don't know.



He just started shooting at us.



I don't trust them.



Let's kill them.



Cool it!



We're not a gang.



He says he's a journalist.



If he can tell the world about

Metropolis, that helps us!



We can't waste time on nice uniforms

and our pictures in the paper.



The uniform I die in...



...will be the uniform

of the revolution!



Look at that!



She looks like an angel!



Yeah! An angel!



Around here there's two

or three families to a room.



There's no schools,

hardly any jobs for people...



They survive on food handouts,

but with the Ziggurat celebrations...



...that's all been stopped.



What does 'ziggurat' mean?



It's an ancient Babylonian tower.



'The Tower of Babel' was one.

You know what happened to that.



The king's pride brought down

the wrath of God on him.



History repeats itself. The same thing

will happen to Duke Red.



But it won't be God this time.

It'll be us.



Is that wrong?



No, it's fine.



I was just thinking your hair's grown.



What kind of hair do you like?






Yours is fine right now.



Let's get back to your writing.



Next comes...






Huh? What?



'Tima'. My name.



So you remember!



That's great! Now you'll start

remembering more and more.



Thank you, Ken-ichi.



Oh, I forgot...I borrowed this

from Atlas.






So the Army's with us?

That helps a lot.



The underground residents

support us...



...but they're not sure if we've got

the strength to win or not.



The Malduks are to move

when the Ziggurat celebrations end.



We want you to crush them

and storm the Ziggurat.



The President will announce the arrest

of Duke Red for treason.



He will invoke his powers...


            take control of

the police and military.



Then Metropolis will be governed

by the rule of law.



And we will participate

as a proper political party.



Of course, Atlas. The President

will welcome you with open arms.



The things I get myself into!



I finally find that kid,

and look what happens!



I'm sorry I could not have been

of more assistance.



What are you talking about?



You've been lots of help!

I don't know east from west here.



Don't worry about Ken-ichi.

He's tougher than he...



Cut that out!



Just look at this, will you?



'Watch out. Hide, robots.

Coup d'etat.'



What?! A coup d'etat?!



Oh, man!



Take a good look, Ken-ichi.



Tell the whole world

how angry we are.



I'm all out of breath!



We'd better get out of here, Pero.

We can't do anything.



Ask headquarters for back-up.



I'm not leaving you here!



It's robots they're going to

attack first!



I will be fine.






It is also my duty to ensure

the safety of all visitors...


            our city.



All right.



Just don't stir anything up

till I get back!



Are you going to hold this gate

all by yourself?



Demonstrations are forbidden

during Celebration Week.



Please disperse immediately.



Sorry, we can't do that.

Our time has come.



Why must humanity settle matters

by resorting to violence?



Yes, we all know that.

I agree it is a problem.



It's our emotions. They vibrate,

and all we can do...


            move forward

within that amplitude.



But without affirming them,

we can't survive.



It's time for the uprising to begin.



When should we release a statement?



Things should be clear

by about   p.m....


            I suggest   or  :  .



What is it, Minister?



Hard to relax, eh?



Yes, Mr President.

I have an unpleasant duty to perform.



What the...?!



You've gone over to Duke Red!



I am merely history's agent.



Wait! We can discuss this!






Why do humans just go

and destroy robots?






The coup d'etat has failed.



Martial law is in effect,

under the command of Duke Red.



Abandon your weapons and surrender.



I repeat...



...the coup d'etat has failed.



Martial law is in effect,

under the command of Duke Red.



Abandon your weapons and surrender.






Hey! Ken-ichi!






You're safe! That's great!



Are you all right?



This? It's nothing!



Who's this?



Her name's Tima.



We escaped from that fire together.



Tima, this is my uncle.












We meet at last.



Don't move!



No trouble.



Give me the girl,

and you might get back home alive.



Don't make promises

you won't keep, Rock!



Don't play games with me!



Tima! Pick up the gun!



I'll have that back, please.



Don't give it to him!



You going to shoot?



I'm human, you know.






So it's these people

you've neglected your duties...


            go chasing after...






It's you!






What's going on here?!



You told me no one survived

the fire in Dr Laughton's lab!



And how did you know about Tima?

Answer me!



I will.



You are the one who must sit

on the Throne of Power.



No robot must ever rule...



...the Ziggurat, and Metropolis!









Do you think you fool me?

You're out of line, boy!



Get up!



I never want to see you again!






So it was you who hired Laughton!



What if I did?



I've come from Japan

to arrest Laughton.



My name is Shunsaku Ban...



Get in.



And Ken-ichi?



You'll see him later.



I'm here to see

Superintendent Notarlin.



He's been transferred.

His successor hasn't been named.



There's been a mistake. The Malduks

have taken my nephew away...



Handle it through your embassy!



At this moment our state

extends its reach to the stars!



I tremble at the honor

of announcing...



...the culmination of humanity's

long history of intellect and science.






Make it hot.



Hot whisky or gin I can do,

for a Japanese detective.



Hot whisky, then.



Who gives a damn about the Ziggurat?!



And those Malduks can eat dogshit!






Hey! That was Rock!



I heard he quit the party.

What's he doing here?






Take care.









...a man earlier tonight

asked me to give you this.



I said 'no'.



He wanted it kept secret

from Duke Red, and of course...



...I said I couldn't possibly, but...

his name was 'Ken-ichi'.



'I can't move at the moment,

so I can't...



'...come to you.



'I'm leaving the country soon.



'I want to see you again.'






What's going on here?



You will bring her back soon,

won't you?



I'll be in real trouble

if they ever find out.



Don't worry. This won't take long.



This wasn't my idea.



I have to get back.



You tricked me.



How else could I talk to you?



Where's Ken-ichi?

If you know, take me to him.



Well, well, well...



To talk to you, you'd never guess

you were a robot.



I guess Father chose

his mad scientist very well.



What are you talking about?



You being a robot.



That's not true. I'm not a robot.



So what are you? Human?



So who's your father? Where is he?



My father...





The super-being?

A mannequin like you?!



If you can't take me to Ken-ichi,

I'm going.



Tima's gone?!



Watch where you're going!



Let's see inside this super-being

Father wants so much.



Come on, Laughton!






That notebook?



Don't be alarmed.



I taught Rock a lesson

he won't forget.



Where's Ken-ichi?



I'm looking for him, too.



I need your help for that.



You do?



I think they've got him somewhere

in the Ziggurat.



I need to look for him...



...on the Ziggurat's data network.



Can you do that?



Hold out your hand.









Ken-ichi's in...



...that building!



You did it! I knew he was there!



What happened to me?



I don't know

who you are, do you.



What do you mean?



I'll report the instant

we find anything, sir.



Duke Red?









We can track the signal...


            where it burned out the splitters.



Got it!






Zone   , South Block    .

The Hotel Coconut.



Tell me, please! Am I human,

or am I...



Well, you're different...



...from normal robots.



I'm human.



Just like Ken-ichi!



Uh, yes...of course you are!



Anyway, now we've got to

rescue Ken-ichi.



Tima! I've been looking for you!



Tell me what's going on,

or I'll charge you with kidnapping!



I'm not your man.



It's your son you want to talk to.



Huh? Rock?



I don't know what the plan is...



...but I suspect Dr Laughton

was involved in it somehow.



And I suspect

you had him killed...


            keep her a secret.



Take him away.



Come on!



That is a special throne made

especially for you.



One day from here

you will rule the entire world!









That is your destiny.



I'll show you.












Wake up, Ken-ichi!



It's me! Can you hear me?






What have you done to him?!



He's in no danger. We just had to

quiet him down a little.



Ken-ichi? Ken-ichi?



I'll file a protest with my embassy!

It'll be an international incident!



Oh? I didn't realize you were

so politically important.



My apologies.



But soon every nation in the world

will bow down before Tima.



Make Ken-ichi the way he was.



What's one or two young kids, Tima?



You have the power to rule the world!



What power is that?



Am I human?



Or am I one of those poor robots?



Oh, don't be silly!



You're nothing like those piles of junk!



Then am I human, like Ken-ichi?



What are you saying?!

You're no mere human being...



...ruled by emotion and feeling,

torn between morality and love!



You are the super-being!



So then I am a...



I've brought you new clothes,

Miss Tima.



Yes, you are a robot...



...but you stand at the pinnacle

of all existence!



No. I have the emotions and love

that you hate.



That's because your full capacities

haven't yet taken form.



As your abilities evolve...



...they're simply taking

the form of emotion and love.



In time...



You will become one with that throne,

a computer weapon meant on conquest!



Your memories and emotions

will all be erased!



How did you know that?!



I fancy myself a detective.



Come, Miss Tima.

You should change.


            your eyes!






What on earth?!



What are you doing?!



It is you who must sit

on that throne.



You are the leader we must bow to!









You're awake?



I am a humanoid...a machine

made to destroy the world...



Not 'destroy'! 'Make again'!












Who threw that switch?!



It just started up!



Cut the power!



It won't respond!



It's going into the red!



Dr Ponkotz!



What's that alarm?!



The omotanium generator's going wild!



What's going on!?



I'm not sure...



Stop, Tima!

You'll destroy the Ziggurat!



This comes of trifling with robots.



Her memory's merging with

the data network! She'll go mad!



Thus God destroyed

the Tower of Babel...






No! She's no longer

the Tima you knew!



All right.



The omotanium generator will explode

if we don't shut it down!



The chance of human survival...



...will fall to    per cent

within one hour.



My entire world-wide network

of forces...



...will be completely activated

within    minutes.



Their targets are

the world's major cities...



...and      other facilities.



Estimated time period...



...for eradication of humanity

by biological warfare:



    hours,    minutes.



Hear that, Duke Red?



Your super-being says

she doesn't need us!






Come back!
























Doctor! We've lost control of

the underground power pl...



What's happening?!



Get out! You robots

are not supposed to be here!



Tima! It's me!






It's Ken-ichi!






The likes of you...



...will never kill...














Tima! Grab my hand!



I'm Ken-ichi.



Who are you?



'Who are you. '



No, no, call yourself'I'.






Grab on!



I am...who?






Where did you find this?


















...I think I'd like to

stay here a bit longer.



I am...who?




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