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A Detective Story (2003)

A private detective is hired to track down the computer hacker known as Trinity. But as he gets close his goal, reality takes a weird turn for him.

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Shin'ichirô Watanabe (as Shinichiro Watanabe)

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Ellen Moore (additional dialogue), Shin'ichirô Watanabe (as Shinichiro Watanabe) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
James Arnold Taylor ... Ash (voice)
Carrie-Anne Moss ... Trinity (voice)
Terrence 'T.C.' Carson ... Clarence (voice) (as T. C. Carson)
Matt McKenzie ... Agent (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mugihito Mugihito ... Clarence (voice)
Masane Tsukayama ... Ash (voice)
Hiromi Tsuru ... Trinity (voice)
Ryûnosuke Ôbayashi Ryûnosuke Ôbayashi ... Client (voice) (as Ryunosuke Ohbayashi)
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Ash, a private detective, is quite frankly sick of his job. It's not as adventurous as he thought it was and on top of that both his fridge and bank account are empty. When the phone rings, Ash promises to his cat Dinah he will quit the business forever if this is yet another husband who wants his wife shadowed. But the caller is quite a different gentleman. He wants Ash to look for a computer hacker called Trinity. The caller refuses to say his name, but Ash is quickly persuaded to take on the job when he sees his recently updated bank account balance. When he starts investigating, Ash finds something strange. He is not the first detective looking for the hacker. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 2003 (USA) See more »

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The Animatrix: A Detective Story See more »

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Studio 4°C, Warner Bros. See more »
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The name of Ash's cat (Dinah) is a reference to the character Dinah Brand from the novel "Red Harvest" by Dashiell Hammett. "Red Harvest" was widely considered the first hard-boiled detective novel. Also, Dinah is the name of Alice's cat mentioned early in "Alice in Wonderland." See more »

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Ash: A case to end all cases...
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UNDER THE GUN
Written by Ramin Sakurai, Kirin Shahani, Geri Soriano Lightwood, Rick Torres
Performed by Supreme Beings of Leisure
Courtesy of Palm Pictures LLC
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They mix so well
12 April 2009 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

The eighth, and thus second-to-last short of the Animatrix ones, this is the only one quite like this. This takes two of the main types of filmed entertainment inspirations of The Matrix, and combines them unbelievably well. This is immensely faithful to the trilogy in that aspect, the tone. The animation is a gorgeous, breathtaking Animé. The style, which is omnipresent in this, is Noir. The plot is fitting, and the story-telling, as well, as the music, is spot-on. The sound in general is fantastic, and really helps solidify the mood and atmosphere, along with the drawings and designs. The voice acting is impeccable. This is one of only two where people also in the movies reprise their roles, and both have Anne-Moss, who is the only of them appearing in this. This is one of the best of the nine, and also one of my personal favorites. This is about ten minutes long. The pacing is perfect. It never slows down terribly much, but it's not overwhelming, either. The ending could not have been more appropriate for this. This shares a nine and a half-minutes long making of with Kid's Story, and it's well-done and informative. I recommend this warmly to any fan of the universe and the two genres that this is made up of. 8/10


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