7.5| 1h53m| PG-13| en| More Info
Released: 23 July 1997 Released
Producted By: Shochiku
Country: Japan
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In this anime anthology, a salvage ship crew happens upon a haunted vessel in "Magnetic Rose"; a cold tablet turns a lab worker into a biological weapon in "Stink Bomb"; and an urban populace carries on an endless war with an unseen foe in "Cannon Fodder."

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Tensai Okamura, Koji Morimoto, Katsuhiro Otomo

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Memories Audience Reviews

Greenes Please don't spend money on this.
Phonearl Good start, but then it gets ruined
Cleveronix A different way of telling a story
Hayden Kane There is, somehow, an interesting story here, as well as some good acting. There are also some good scenes
Jose Cruz I found this flick to be quite interesting visual show. Though the characters weren't developed and the stories followed the traditional clichés of film. For instance, the first part, which was the highest quality one in terms of animation, looks good but the story has been told a thousand times before, though it has some interesting twists. The other two films are shorter and contain less plot and characterization.Not that this is a bad film, quite to the contrary, I am very rigorous in my ratings: 6/10 is for a very good film, 7/10 is for an excellent film, 8/10 is for a great film, 9/10 is for a masterpiece and 10/10, well, that's reserved for the REAL STUFF.I am still searching for a non-Ghibli anime films that can even approach the level of quality achieved by Miyazaki and Co., but it appears that they are simply on another level of quality.
MrVibrating After seeing Akira it's natural to be curious of what Otomo's produced. This collection of short movies(all more than 20 minutes though) is a fun, action-packed and imaginative reminder why anime is among the best genres, and NOT restricted to kids(or in the case of these shorts, not really for kids at all).The last short of the three is called Cannon Fodder. It features a very cool style unlike normal anime, some neat "camera" tricks and illusions of 3D, and a heavy but playful mood. It's quirky and good but not great.The second short is called Stink Bomb, which is a crazy, fast-paced disaster/action story with a healthy dose of black humour. It's very well made, with insanely detailed tanks, helis, airplanes etc, and lots of explosions. The whole thing is funny and bizarre, and easily a classic.The first of the three shorts, which in my opinion should have been saved to last, is Magnetic Rose. Here the humour of the two others is gone, and we have a very gripping and serious story set in a sci-fi environment. This is more like Otomo's Akira stuff; epic but with great characters. Some scenes are gut-wrenchingly emotional and disturbing. All set to a classic opera score, it is chilling and eerie and grand-scale in a way Hollywood never seems to get right.If you like to watch the occasional anime, this is a very good choice. Don't know how easy it is to get a hold of, but it seems to be very popular at least in Japan.
Brooke Katsuhiro Otomo's "Memories" combines the vision of Otomo's usual "God's revenge for the human race believing too much in science" with two first-time, although far from inexperienced directors. The first of the three films, "Magnetic Rose" is by far the least Otomo-esquire of the three pieces, although based on one of his short mangas. The film centering mainly on the sci-fi side of anime. Space freighters respond to a distress call in a bad sector of space, and become lost in the haunting memories of an intergalactic opera singer. The second piece, "Stink Bomb" shows, if possible, a humorous side to biological warfare, as an unsuspecting pharmaceutical tech accidentally ingests a biological weapon and becomes a walking disaster. The final film, actually directed by Otomo, called "Cannon Fodder" was by far my favorite, and the most disturbing of the three films. The basic story centers around a family living in a town whose citizens devote their entire lives to bombing an unseen enemy in the sky. This story is very politically motivated, very dark, and not at all a "happy little story". The animation is unlike anything I've ever seen from Otomo, and full of sweeping single-cut shots that give you chills. Overall, I highly recommend this movie collection for any anime fan. It most definitely incorporates the vision of three brilliant directors.
lancer0410 While watching Memories I went to check for some further background information on the short's directors. This film is unique in that it is really three smaller movies blended together to create one of theatre length. I expected them to all be intertwined, and in a way they are, only in substance if not in plot or characters as I had imagined.Anyway, all I can see is this film is a great watch in that it engages the viewer and forces him/her to think, the plots engage you in such a way that makes the overall experience rewarding to say the least.I am only commenting due to the fact that the current user reviewer rates it as forgettable. Although I respect that he is entitled to his own opinion, I do not believe that a review entitled "forgettable" should receive top billing for an 8.1 rated movie on IMDb; and yes it is really that good. Your current commenter thinks scripts such as Donnie Darko are "contrived" ( and that Halloween: Resurrection is a great piece of cinematography, along with Drumline (, He himself states Drumline is so good because it contains "no surprises." To me a surprise or plot twist is the trademark of good cinema, and any director and/or producer worth his salt would agree. I apologize for picking on fellow reviewer Dan from somewhere in East LA, but really, please give such fine works as Memories the reviews they deserve, at least in terms of the top billed review which appears on the main page of each movie. Thank you.