Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis parents guide

Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis

Overall C-

Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis unveils a well-crafted and meticulously detailed futuristic skyscraper capital based on his successful 1940s Japanese comic.

Release date January 2, 2001

Violence D+
Sexual Content A
Profanity C+
Substance Use D+

Why is Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis PG-13

Run Time: 109 minutes

Read Our Full Review & Parent Discussion Questions Here

Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis
Rating & Content Info

Please read our content details for this movie to help determine if it is suitable. We also encourage you to check our full review.

Why is Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis rated PG-13? Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis is rated PG-13 by the MPAA

Overall: C- Although beautifully animated, Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis exposes the dark issues cloaked behind a front of power and achievement, and resorts to needless violence for most of the action sequences.

Violence: D+Gunfire is heard.  Numerous characters (robots and humans) are shot. Object falls from building and nearly hits people. Building explodes and burns killing at least one character. Man attacks character with a knife. Scientific action harms robots. Character accused of stealing. Characters chased by gun-toting assailant. Characters are savagely beaten.  Riotous mob attacks people and vandalizes city. Character is punched, blood shown on lip.  Mass explosions and destruction occur.  Character is disfigured and maimed.  Robot character falls to its destruction in suicide-like action.

Sexual Content: A  None

Language: C+ At least 7 moderate and 6 mild profanities, one term of Deity used as an expletive, and some rude comments.

Alcohol / Drug Use: D+ Several secondary characters are seen smoking cigarettes and cigars. At least one character drinks, and bottles of alcohol are shown in a couple of scenes.  Character tries to sell drugs.


Page last updated

Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Violence
Alberta PG
Manitoba Not Rated
Ontario Not Rated Not Recommended for Children, Violence
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video PG

NEW: Listen to our Parent Previews Podcast and take control of media and technology in your family!

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis movie is April 23, 2002. Here are some details…

DVD Release Information:

  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • Production company: Columbia Tristar
  • Package type: Keep case
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1 Full Screen standard - 1.33:1
  • DVD encoding: Region 1
  • Available audio tracks: Japanese & English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (DTS), French (Dolby Digital 2.0).
  • Available subtitles: English, French, Spanish.
DVD Extras:
  • Production notes
  • The Making of Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis
  • Interview with Director Rintaro Katsushiro
  • Animation comparisons
  • History of Metropolis comic book
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Osamu Tezuka biography
  • Behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • Storyboard/Scene comparisons

Related home video titles:

BiCentennial Man is another film featuring social issues and robots.

Other Japanese animation can be found in such titles as My Neighbor Totoro (for young children), Pokemon 1, 2, 3, and 4 (for preteens), or Princess Mononoke (which contains violent depictions and some adult themes).

If you are wondering how an oppressed people can gain their freedom without violence, try Freedom Song or Gandhi.