|Price :|| |
|Weight :||100 g|
|Director :||大友克洋 Katsuhiro Otomo ,|
|Genre :||Boy Series Animation ,|
|Subtitle :||Chinese , English ,|
|Language :||Japanese ,|
|Video Format :||NTSC ,|
|Audio Format :||AUDIO STEREO ,|
|Region Code :||ALL ,|
|Model :||DVD ,|
The movie opens with doctors Lloyd and Edward Steam (the grandfather and father of the main character, James Ray Steam, respectively) working to obtain water of "exceptional purity" from a cave in Iceland, which they transport by means of a trans-Arctic submarine to a large hydraulics facility in Russian Alaska. The massive apparatus strains dangerously to perform its (as of yet) unveiled function, and Edward demands that his father end the experiment. Recklessly, his father won't abort the experiment for fear of wasting the rare water they were using. The valves yield, and Edward is hit by a turbulent cloud of high-pressure steam; the Steam Ball remains in the wreckage.
The setting shifts to a textile mill in Manchester (1866), Ray's workplace, in time to see Ray save the mill's steam engine and the lives of its operators by heroically crawling into a service compartment. Upon emerging, he and the engineer are blamed for the damage to the device by the mill's uncaring manager. Ray decides to take a loose brass valve as a compensation, and it serves him soon: on the way home, he is approached by two kids who threaten him and tease him about the eccentricities of his father and grandfather, but Ray, unabashed, uses the valve as a weapon that deters his aggressors. The valve ends up as a part of a steam-powered monowheel (which rather resembles a hamster cage) that Ray has built by himself: as his mother puts it, there are pistons and gears in his mind.
This is not the highlight of Ray's day, however. A strange package arrives in the Steam's dining room shortly after, containing the Steam Ball, schematic drawings and a note from Lloyd, immediately followed by two men in black who introduce themselves as representatives from the O'Hara Foundation. They have come to take the Ball, but following the instructions in his grandfather's note, Ray escapes in his monowheel with the ball and schematics tucked in his shirt, aided by Lloyd, who shows just in time to hold his pursuers.
The Foundation is determined: Ray is followed by a large "steam automotive" that happened to be stationed near Ray's home. The machine pursues Ray across town, obliviously wrecking anything that comes between it and its prey. Ray attempts to lose it by crossing the railroad and put the incoming train between him and the automotive, but he soon realizes that his vehicle is unable to escape from between the tracks. The automotive follows suit and traps Ray between the train and itself; Ray barely manages to escape before the monowheel is turned to splinters. By coincidence, Robert Stephenson, who was the intended recipient of the Steam Ball, was on his way to Manchester to meet with the elder Dr. Steam, and happens to be in the train. Stevenson's assistant commandeers the locomotive and forces the steam car off the chase. However, as the train approaches the station, a zeppelin descends over the train and tears the roof apart by means of a large mechanical clamp. Ray is kidnapped, and the ball is taken with him. During the struggle, Ray releases the valve of the Steam Ball accidentally; this results in a powerful stream of steam hitting (and damaging) some of the nearby buildings.
In London, Ray finds himself in an ornate dining room where his pleas for help go unheard by the service. In the pier, a large steamer catamaran arrives, and a temperamental Scarlett O'Hara descends from the ship to join him as she chases (and severely punishes) her wayward chihuahua, Columbus. Archibald Simon, chairman of the O'Hara Foundation, joins them shortly after. Ray's demands for answers cease temporarily when his father steps out of a large metallic door. His footsteps are heavy and resound with metallic echoes, and half of his face is covered by a metal mask. Upon seeing Ray, Edward greets him gravely, and simply sits to have dinner.
He takes Ray on a tour of the "Steam Castle" (or "Steam Tower"). Scarlett tags along. During this sequence there are some stunning visuals as Edward proclaims his vision for the Steam Tower. He claims that it will relieve man of his toils and bring about a new age of enlightenment.
Stephenson discusses issues with an Admiral of the Royal Navy. It is resolved that there will be a raid on the O'Hara pavilion and that they should be prepared for anything.
He recruits Ray to help him finish the project and announces that Ray would be its heir, to Scarlet's chagrin. While he is working, Scarlett comes to him and demands he fix Columbus's treadmill (or indoor walker) that his grandfather had built. This leads to them sneaking into the main pavilion at the exhibition to steal some parts. The scene primarily is a character development scene where the relationship between Ray and the still uncaring Scarlett begins to develop.
Lloyd, who had been captured and placed in a cell, escaped by improvising an explosive and set about to sabotage the Tower/castle. Several scenes later, Ray encounters Lloyd and there is another brilliant scene where they pass through the Castle's arsenal and Lloyd explains the folly of war. Ray also struggles with the question of what exactly has become of his father and which side (Lloyd's or Edward's) is correct. This is the major conflict of the movie.
Being enlightened to the importance of the social aspects of technology, Ray challenges Stephenson, when he meets him on the deck of the battleship, "What is the purpose of Science, Technology, all of it?" Stephenson answers "Science exists to make people happy." Ray was satisfied with this answer and hands over the ball. To his horror, the Admiral immediately orders the first wave of attack against the Steam Tower.
The first line of defense is a class of "steam troopers" who are assisted by powered exoskeletons. Simon begins his sales spiel to his potential customers, which include representatives from France, the German Empire and the Middle East (presumably the Ottoman Empire).
Meanwhile, the battleship travels to Stephenson's workshop to deliver the Steam Ball. Stephenson installs the ball into his own device which, presumably, will be used to charge the pressure cylinders of his own tanks. Regardless of the actual function of that machine, its dramatic role is to highlight the similarity between Stephenson and the O'Hara foundation, that they're exactly the same, just not as prosperous.
With this in place, the second attack is launched against the O'Hara "Pavilion." The foundation releases its own tanks and battle is joined, the two sides reaching something of a stalemate. Scarlett, who is trying to figure out why Ray was being attacked, notices that there's fighting going on around the pavilion. Simon explains "It's just a little war with Great Britain, coupled with a product demonstration", to which Scarlet replies "Don't lose."
Scarlett, not understanding the gravity of the situation, goes to meet the Queen and steps right into the middle of the conflict. She is shaken to her senses as a shell rips past her, nearly knocking her down. In a flash, as a shell hits the main pavilion, shattering the glass, she comes to her senses and reaches a moment of epiphany. In an instant, she is transformed from antagonist to heroine, and returns to the castle to find Simon and take control of the situation.
The battle intensifies and Simon unleashes his "Aero Corps." They use powered gliders. They are fairly effective but lack control and several pilots died, one crashing into the exposition, one of his bombs exploding, another crashing into Stephenson's workshop a little later. When David goes to watch this new spectacle, Ray seizes the opportunity to retrieve his Steam Ball.
The laboratory comes under attack from the Aero corps and is mostly destroyed. The attacking glider crashes nearby, injuring David who cares more about the ball than himself. Ray recovers the wreckage of the glider and builds a rocket from it, while David makes a last-ditch effort to procure the ball, hitting it with his cane. Steam spouts out from it, hitting David in the face and further injuring him. Despite the damage, Ray decides to fly it anyway.
The battle at the pavilion continues as Simon unleashes the "Aqua Corps". These are even less effective than the aero corps, due to their inability to even climb stairs.
As the admiral has had enough, he orders a bombardment of the pavilion. The outer shell of the building crumbles revealing the castle's true form.
Edward retorts his father's line to him and orders the building to launch. Scarlet finds him in the control room and is confused because Edward has placed his mechanical arm within a control panel.
The castle itself is revealed as a colossal steam-powered rocket. It takes to the sky and begins its pre-programmed journey down the Thames. The jets of the rocket are freezing cold and freeze the Thames solid, neutralizing the battleships and the Aqua Corps.
The navy continues to bombard it. Ray becomes worried that the structure could explode. Ray takes to the air with his rocket and engages in a battle with an O'Hara airplane. Stephenson musters a few dozen railroad engines and attempts to use chains to pull the Steam Tower Down. This is somewhat successful, as the remaining steam balls are weakened and the tower crashes into Central London.
Simon, his customers, and the crew of the tower escape in one of the tower's zeppelins, after fighting off numerous workers desperate to escape as well.
Lloyd confronts Edward and tells him that his dream is over. Edward retorts that he succeeded the moment the tower took off. Ray manages to reach the control room only in time to see Lloyd try to shoot Edward. Edward escapes into the tower's depths. Lloyd is ready to die with his son when the tower explodes, as he believes, over the Thames. When he learned that wasn't the case, they set about a desperate plan to repair the tower with the third Steam Ball.
Strangely, one of the O'Hara goons attempts to kill Ray with one of the old construction cranes. When the ball is installed, Eddy appears in the auxiliary control room to help Lloyd work the machinery.
With all this catastrophe unfolding around them, Lloyd's vision for the tower is revealed. The tower's amusement park ferris wheel and carousel horses appear from the mechanism. The tower transforms into a walker and extends feet so huge that they crush several buildings.
It staggers back to the Thames and collapses into the river. As it begins to break apart, Ray makes it back to the main control room so that he can rescue Scarlett and escape. He takes Edward's rocket suit. The final scene in the movie is of the tower's destruction, as well as the hero and heroine's escape, and Ray mentions the 'Age of Science' has begun.
The ending montage (shown during the closing credits) reveals the aftermath of the London events and the passage of time, also indicating that both Eddy and Lloyd had survived the tower's crash. During the ensuing years, it is revealed that Lloyd invents the light bulb before his death, and that Eddy may have become an arms manufacturer of sorts, and a melancholy Scarlet returns to America. What is implied to be the Great War happens shortly thereafter, with evidently British rocketmen/paratroopers against enemy zeppelins. In the end, Scarlet becomes the first female aviator (mirroring the real-world Amelia Earhart). There is no indication of Ray's fate. 时间，设定在19世纪中叶，一个开始由蒸汽动力来运转工业产品的时代。