Roujin Z

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Old Man Z
Japanese: 老人Z
English: Roujin Z
German: Roujin-Z
Spanish: Roujin-Z
French: Rouzin Z
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 14, 1991
Licensors: Central Park Media
Studios: APPP
Source: Original
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, MechaMecha
Duration: 1 hr. 19 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.041 (scored by 1349813,498 users)
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Ranked: #40502
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Popularity: #3621
Members: 39,516
Favorites: 82


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The Z Project was intended to give the new generation a break from caring for the old. The original intenion was to create a machine to care for them without any intervention. At first glance, it looked like an excellent plan, and many of the younger generation approved of its application. But when old Mr. Takazawa become the test subject for the Z-001 machine, Haruko questioned both the tactics of the hospital and the moral implications of the machine. This is just the beginning, as Haruko has not just the hospital, but the odds against her. But then, she discovers an odd quirk about the machine: it uses a biochip, and it eventually acquires a mind of its own!

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Roujin Z won the Mainichi Film Award for animation in 1991.

Characters & Voice Actors


Kitakubo, Hiroyuki
Director, Storyboard
Hontani, Toshiaki
Episode Director, Storyboard
Otomo, Katsuhiro
Script, Key Animation, Mechanical Design, Original Creator
Tanaka, Tatsuyuki
Storyboard, Layout


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Ending Theme

"Hashire Jitensha (走れ自転車)" by Mishio Ogawa


Dec 12, 2008
Roujin Z is a futuristic, satirically funny, morality tale written by the reknowned Otomo Katsuhiro, more well known for the classic manga and anime Akira. The movie was directed by Kitakubo Hiryuki (Blood: The Last Vampire, Black Magic M-66), and received a great degree of critical acclaim, partly because it was written by Otomo Katsuhiro, but mainly because it was a movie that showed how anime was able to deal with themes that conventional filmmakers would find extremely difficult to cope with, especially given the time of it's release.

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Mixed Feelings
Hey folks, another down to earth review from bullitbaby.

So ya say ya wanna blow off 90 minutes and have littlweto show for it but a silly smile on your face and a giggle in your chest. THEN YOUVE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE!
This movie comes with tongue in cheek futurism and a surprise ending that i loved. Why? Because its perfectly silly and a GREAT LAUGH.
No spoilers, cmon lets waste 90 minutes.

This is classic early 90s anime designed with a relatively simple plot common in the 90s. What wwas it? Computers will someday do everything for us but it will end ...
Jul 4, 2015
Growing tired and frustrated with caring for the elderly simply because it's cost demanding and physically taxing. The government plans on putting to action "Project Z". They build a supercomputer dubbed Z-001, which is in the form of a bed that is linked to a persons brainwaves, and in theory provides all of the essential needs to care for them, which sounds like a great idea. However, it's devoid of the caring emotion that one needs from other people. Their first unwilling patient is Mr. Takazawa. The nurse caring for him named Haruko is uneasy about his situation, and she attempts to free him but ...

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