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    (1941- )
    Birth name is Shigeyuki Hayashi
    Directed such animated films as 'Metropolis,' 'X,' 'Harmageddon' and 'Galaxy Express 999'
    Wrote the script for 'X'
    He admitted that if the author of the 'Metropolis' manga, Osamu Tezuka, had been alive, he would never have had the rights to make the movie.
    He inserted a new character into 'Metropolis' named 'Rock' simply because the crew liked rock music.
    He goes by the presumptuous single name, Rintaro.
    Roger Ebert called 'Metropolis' 'one of the best animated films I have ever seen.'
    He criticizes the American animation industry, in particular Disney, and boasts the Japanese are ahead in the world of animation.
    He frequently casts unknowns to do voice-work in his films.
    He has been called easy to work with.
    He is a legend in the field of Japanese animation, having one of the most distinguished records among anime directors.

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