Triumph Films (Firm), Destination Films, Nihon Sanraizu, Kabushiki Kaisha, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Firm)

DVD - 2005

In 19th century England, young Ray Steam receives a Steam Ball, a mysterious, powerful device, from his inventor grandfather. Governments and businesses around the world covet Ray's Steam Ball, and he finds himself in a murderous conflict over its possession. He's also caught between his father who builds terrible weapons for an American arms merchant, and his grandfather, who believes science should improve people's lives.

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Animated films
Feature films
Science fiction films
Action and adventure films
Steampunk films
Fiction films
Films for the hearing impaired
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment [2005]
Director's cut
Item Description
Originally released as a motion picture in 2004.
Special features: "Re-voicing 'Steamboy" featurette; interview with Katsuhiro Ōtomo; multi-screen landscape study; ending montage; production drawings; animation onion skins.
Physical Description
1 videodisc (126 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Region 1; Anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby digital; mastered in high definition.
Production Credits
Chief key animator supervisor, Tatsuya Tomaru ; animation director, Shinji Takagi ; art director, Shinji Kimura ; editor, Takeshi Seyama ; music, Steve Jablonsky.
Corporate Authors
Triumph Films (Firm) (production company), Destination Films (-), Nihon Sanraizu, Kabushiki Kaisha, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Firm)
Other Authors
Katsuhiro Ōtomo, 1954- (film director), Sadayuki Murai, 1964- (screenwriter), Shinji Komori (film producer), Hideyuki Tomioka (voice actor), Anna Paquin, Alfred Molina, 1953-, Patrick Stewart, 1940-, Renee Emerson, Robin Atkin Downes, Rick Zieff, Mark Bramhall, Oliver Cotton, 1944-, Anne Suzuki, Manami Konishi, 1978-, Masane Tsukuyama, Ikki Sawamura, Satoru Sato, Susumu Terajima, Kiyoshi Kodama, 1934-2011, Katsuo Nakamura, 1938-
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Steamboy is the inventive story of a family of inventors from Manchester, England, that gets ripped apart by greed, pride, and power. Ray Steam (Suzuki) is a young boy following in the footsteps of his father, Eddy (Tsukayama), and grandfather, Lloyd (Nakamura), scientists dedicated to advancing technology through the use of steam. When Lloyd invents a steam ball that has unheard-of possibilities, everyone wants it - world leaders, wealthy industrialists, and even the government - but most of them want it for evil purposes. And so it is up to Ray to protect the fate of the earth while also choosing between his father and grandfather.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Set in Victorian London, a young inventor finds himself torn between two factions who are after the revolutionary "Steam ball," an item that holds a secret menacing power.