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Patlabor 2 the movie

Released 7 August 1993

Runtime: 113 minutes

Staff

Director/Storyboards: Mamoru Oshii
Screenplay: Kazunori Ito
Original Story: Headgear
Character Designs: Akemi Takada and Masami Yuuki
Mechanical Designs: Yutaka Izubuchi, Hajime Katoki and Shoji Kawamori
Music: Kenji Kawai
Production: I.G. Tatsunoko (Production I.G)

Under Construction

This film is essentially a reworking of episodes 5 and 6 of the original Patlabor OVA series. It is of course much more complex and more political. In an interview Masami Yuuki claims that Mamoru Oshii made this film to showcase his favourite character Shinobu Nagamo. Oshii apparently got the job as director for "Ghost in the Shell" based upon his work on this film. Apart from the bird motif of the film, Oshii's favourite animal, a Basset Hound, makes it's debut in one of his anime films (a cardboard cut out appeared in his 1992 live action film "Talking Head") and would later become one of his trademarks. The dog would later appear in "Ghost in the Shell", "Minipato", "Avalon" and "Innocence". This film was the last to be produced by I.G. Tatsunoko, who would later in 1993 change their name formally to Production I.G.

In 1998, Oshii re-released the film with a Dolby Digital 5.1 channel remix. Additional music was also added by Kenji Kawai. The remastered version of this film, and "Patlabor the movie", were released on the home video in Japan in December 1998
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Movie Synopsis

 

Availability in  English
On Streaming Services

Hidive and VRV are currently streaming this film in Japanese with English subtitles and an English dubbed version. Hidive current streaming rights only include Canada and the United States of America. VRV's current streaming rights only include the United States of America.

Format Region Serviced
Streaming Company
Japanese Dialogue with English Subtitles and English Dubbed Versions Canada, United States of America
Hidive
Japanese Dialogue with English Subtitles and English Dubbed Versions United States of America VRV


Physical Home Video Releases

Maiden Japan released the film in the US on blu-ray with an English dub, original Japanese dialogue and English subtitles. Currently it is only available on the "Patlabor The Mobile Police: Complete Collection Special Edition" blu-ray box set, which also includes the TV series, the New OVA series and the other two anime films. In Japan the movie is available on blu-ray with an English dub and English subtitles from Bandai Visual. The Maiden Japan blu-ray set is only available in the United States of America, and therefore will only work on region A blu-ray players. If you don't live in United States of America, check your blu-ray player's instruction manual to see if it will play them. All Bandai Visual blu-ray discs are region free. Please see the English Language Movie Releases Video List for a complete listing of all releases, formats and product specifications of this film in English.

Title Format Catalogue Number
Patlabor 2 the movie (Japan)
NTSC Blu-ray Disc, Region Free, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles BCXA-0086
Patlabor The Mobile Police: Complete Collection Special Edition (US) NTSC Blu-ray, Region A. Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles MJB-PTL010


Availability in Japanese
On Streaming Services

Bandai Channel, Amazon Prime Japan and Hulu Japan are currently streaming the film in JapaneseBandai Channel, Amazon Prime Japan and Hulu Japan's current streaming rights only include Japan.

Format Region Serviced
Streaming Company
Japanese Dialogue Only
Japan Bandai Channel
Japanese Dialogue Only Japan Amazon Prime Japan
Japanese Dialogue Only Japan Hulu Japan


Physical Home Video Releases

This movie is available in Japan from Bandai Visual on DVD and blu-ray. The DVD version does not come with English subtitles or an English dub, however the blu-ray release comes with the new English dub and English subtitles. The DVD is only available in Japan, and therefore will only work on DVD players that are both NTSC compatible and will play region 2 discs (if you don't live in Japan, check your DVD or blu-ray player's instruction manual to see if it will play the discs). All Bandai Visual blu-ray discs are region free. Please see the Japanese Movie Releases Video List for a complete listing of all releases, formats and product specifications for this movie.

Title Format Catalogue Number
Patlabor 2 the movie NTSC Blu-ray Disc, Region Free, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles BCXA-0086
Patlabor 2 the movie (Emotion the Best) NTSC DVD, Region 2, Japanese Dialogue Only BCBA-3701

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