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WXIII Patlabor the movie 3

Released 30 March 2002

Runtime: 102 minutes

Staff

Director: Fumihiko Takayama
Screenplay: Tori-Miki
Original Story: Masami Yuuki
Character Designs: Hiroki Takagi
Mechanical Designs: Hajime Katoki, Shoji Kawamori, and Yutaka Izubuchi
Music: Kenji Kawai
Production Supervisor: Yutaka Izubuchi
Production: Madhouse

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This film is a very untypical Patlabor film. First up it's more of a side story. The SV2 are hardly seen in the film (their total contribution takes up less than 15 minutes). The two detectives and Saeko Misaki are the main characters and the focus of the story. Also the labor action is mostly left to the last 15 minutes of the movie, and hardly any labors are seen during the film. It's basically a detective mystery with a monster film sub-plot. Most of the monster sub-plot seems very similar to the 1989 film "Godzilla Vs Biollante", which also involved a scientist using cancer cells from his dead daughter crossing them with a rose to create a monster. Set in the year 2000, the film takes place two years before the events of "Patlabor 2 the movie", and strangely two years before the film's actual release date in Japan.

The film's story is based upon the Patlabor manga story "Waste Product 13" (sometimes known as "Wasted 13"), which is complied in volumes 7 to 10 of the Japanese graphic novels. Unlike the film, this part of the manga was heavily based around the Special Vehicles Unit 2, Schaft and the Griffin. The detectives, Shinichiro Hata and Takeshi Kusumi do not appear in the manga at all. The members and staff of the Toto Medical Laboratories, Saeko Misaki, Toshiro Kurusu (the director), and Shizuo Miyanomori (the male research scientist) all have major roles in manga. The ending is also quite different when compared to the film.

This movie is probably the most delayed production in anime history. Many fans thought it would never be made. Work began on this film in 1994. At this stage it was to become a direct to video animation (Original Video Animation or OVA). In this early stage it was decided that it would not be called Patlabor as it was a 'side story' and didn't involve the SV2. As production progressed it was changed to a movie format and the Patlabor title was re-instated. The film was finally announced as "in production" to the public in October 1997. It was due for release in 1998, but the studio Triangle Staff who was meant to animate the film went bankrupt before production could start. Animation duties were eventually given to Studio Madhouse who finally began production on the film in 2000. The film eventually premiered at Tokyo International Fantastic Film Festival on 10 December 2001, but wasn't released in cinemas until March 2002.

The Pilot Film from 1997 mirrors almost all the scenes from the film so closely, it almost looks like they used the same animation from the film. This suggests that not much was changed to the script between 1997 and when to went into it's production nearly three years later
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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 DVD and blu-ray with 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. The Bandai Visual DVD is only available in Japan, and therefore will only work on DVD and blu-ray players that are both NTSC compatible and will play region 2 DVD discs. 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
WXIII Patlabor the movie 3 (Emotion the Best) (Japan) NTSC DVD, Region 2, Japanese Dialogue with English Subtitles BCBA-3702
WXIII Patlabor the movie 3 (Japan) NTSC Blu-ray Disc, Region Free, Japanese Dialogue with English Subtitles BCXA-0087
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 disc. These discs do not come with an English dub, but do have English subtitles. These discs are only available in Japan, and therefore will only work on DVD and blu-ray players that are both NTSC compatible and will play region 2 DVD discs. If you don't live in Japan, check your player's instruction manual to see if it will play the disc. 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
WXIII Patlabor the movie 3 (Emotion the Best)
NTSC DVD, Region 2, Japanese Dialogue with English Subtitles BCBA-3702
WXIII Patlabor the movie 3 NTSC Blu-ray Disc, Region Free, Japanese Dialogue with English Subtitles BCXA-0087

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