Akira

[15]

Japan 1988, 124 mins ( in with subtitles )
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo

Neo-Tokyo is about to E.X.P.L.O.D.E. We’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of what is undoubtedly one of the most acclaimed animated movies of all time.

Voted by Empire readers as one of the top 100 best films ever and cited by everyone from James Cameron and Ridley Scott to Daft Punk as a massive influence on their work, AKIRA kick-started the anime phenomenon all over the world, opening the doors for everything from Pokémon to PRINCESS MONONOKE.

Beyond its stunning visuals and kinetic action, its sci-fi plotting and spy-flick style, it’s also an intricate political thriller, with reluctant underclass heroes taking on a corrupt and cynical establishment. Military experiments, government conspiracies and drugged-up bikers dressed as clowns drag the viewer on a thrill ride from here to infinity. Know your anime? See AKIRA in a Picturehouse near you!

But the cult is challenged by Tetsuo, a young biker who is losing control of his recently discovered telekinetic powers - powers which threaten the end of the world.