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Akira

Akira

Katsuhiro Otomo (1988)

119min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
This is the movie that really broke manga in the West and remains one of the gems of the genre. Directed, co-scripted and designed by Katsuhiro Otomo from his own comic strip, it's a pacey, unrelentingly violent post-apocalyptic adventure, in which a gang of Neo-Tokyo slum kids attempts to counter the telekinetic machinations of a rogue buddy. Yet, for all its futuristic elements, this is also a dark and disturbing portrait of contemporary urban life that seeks to expose the lack of empathy between the establishment and modern youth. The cityscapes are awesome, the camerawork is dizzying. If you're new to manga, prepare to be converted.

Summary

An insecure teenage biker in a future Tokyo is abducted by a sinister government project experimenting on children with unusual powers. As his own strange abilities grow at an alarming rate, he heads off on a devastating rampage that threatens to destroy the city, while his best friend tries to save him from himself. Animated sci-fi thriller, with the voice of Mitsuo Iwata and Nozomu Sasaki. In Japanese.

Cast & Crew

Director Katsuhiro Otomo

Other Information

Language: Japanese +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: Manga Entertainment Guidance: Contains swearing. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 12 Jul 2013

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