Akira (1988)

Akira (1988)

Akira (1988)

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.

1988Rating: M124 minsJapanJapanese
AnimatedScience FictionClassic

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Akira (1988) / Reviews

Variety

Variety

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.

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Time Out

Time Out

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

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Style and substance run neck and neck in this thrilling, bold landmark film that just refuses to become dated.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Simply put, no Akira, no Matrix. It's that important.

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