Akira (1988)

Akira (1988)


The end of the world was only the beginning.

Katsuhiro Ohtomo's cult Japanese anime cyberpunk action about a dystopian Tokyo in the year 2019. After Tokyo is destroyed in a mysterious blast, the elaborate city of Neo-Tokyo is built on its ruins. By 2019, Neo-Tokyo has been divided between a powerful and wealthy upper class and the violent punks and motorcycle gangs who haunt its slums. When the members of one gang attempt to strike back at the arrogant lords of the city, they unleash a wider and more destructive conflict than they anticipated.

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  • An impressive achievement, often suggesting a weird expressionist blend of 2001, The Warriors, Blade Runner and Forbidden Planet. Full Review

  • A lavish animation extravaganza produced at a cost of $8 million, this futuristic exploration is a followup by author-director Katsuhiro Otomo to his tremendously popular comic books. Full Review