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Tekon Kinkurito
2006 / 103m - Japan
Sci-fi, Fantasy - Animation
Tekkonkinkreet poster

A film with a very authentic (Japanese) anime feel, yet it benefits greatly from Arias' outside influences. It's superbly animated, sports a terrific score and tells a truly intriguing story.

Heaven's Door

2009 / 106m - Japan
Drama, Romance
Heaven's Door poster

Arias has a more modern sense of style and direction, giving the film its very own face, but there's just something very Kitano-esque about the couple reaching the beach in the final scene of the film.

An interesting mix of album film and animation anthology, helmed by some of Japan's most talented animation directors. The animation quality is exemplary, the variation in art styles is refreshing and the length is perfect. Ironically the soundtrack is one of the weakest elements here, but fans of the famed Studio 4°C anthologies can't go wrong with this one.


2015 / 119m - Japan
Sci-fi - Animation
Harmony poster

Michael Arias made a name for himself when he joined Studio 4°C to direct Tekkonkinkreet, one of the landmark animtion features of the 00s.