鉄コン筋クリート/Tekkonkinkreet is the title of an animated movie released in 2007.
The story follows Shiro and Kuro (White and Black) two young orphan boys in a gritty city.
They are battling against the mafia who are attempting to restructure the city and build a theme park.
Full of creepy imagery, ordinary situations like eating or bathing and full of subliminal messages in English and Japanese graffiti – there’s something new to observe every time you watch it.
It can be creepy, sad and surreal in parts.
鉄コン筋クリート /Tekkonkinkreet has an interesting meaning.
The “鉄/te” in the title means iron, the “kon..kreet” is a literal Japanese pronunciation of concrete and the “筋kin” means muscle
Iron, concrete and muscle are key themes in the movie.
It mixes Japanese architecture and vehicles with Indian, Thai and other Asian influences.
It’s based on a manga comic by Taiyo Matsumoto.
Made by the creators of the animatrix and it is super high-quality animation but also very artsy.
The title is a mispronounciation of 鉄筋コンクリート/Tekkin Konkurito, which means steel enforced concrete.
For further details visit this blog for more background on the movie and it’s art.