Akira in 35mm – Screening – Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

Akira, dir. Katsuhiro Ôtomo, Japan 1988, 121 min., Japanese with English subtitles, 15

Originally released in 1988, Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s Akira is a landmark work of Japanese cyberpunk animation. 

Set in 2019 and based on the director’s iconic manga of the same name, the film depicts a dystopian Tokyo roamed by anarchic gangs of vicious teenage bikers and guerrilla groups who clash in bloody battles with the police.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest animated films ever made, Akira continues to influence popular culture worldwide, impacting the development of science fiction across animation, music, television and video games.


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