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Akira(AKIRA )

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Japan · 1988
Rated R · 2h 4m
Director Takashi Nakamura
Starring Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Tesshou Genda
Genre Science Fiction, Animation

After being taken to a government facility following a motorcycle accident, delinquent teen Tetsuo Shima gains incredible telekinetic powers which spur chaos in Neo-Tokyo. Now, only his childhood bestfriend, biker gang leader Shōtarō Kaneda, can put a stop to his reign of terror and uncover the dark secrets of the military complex at the heart of the city.

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TV Guide Magazine by

The powerful movement of the movie is exhilarating, but it's all action with little characterization or plot. There is a moral here about mankind's lust for power, but it never clearly emerges from the spectacle of destruction and violence. Ultimately, AKIRA is really all about the animation.


The New York Times by Janet Maslin

Violent as it is on the surface, Akira is tranquil at its core. The story's sanest characters plead for the wise use of mankind's frightening new powers, lending the whole film the feeling of a cautionary tale.


Village Voice by Michael Atkinson

Some kind of fever-dream masterpiece, easily the most breathtaking and kinetic anime ever made and one of the most eloquent films about atomic afterclap.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Akira’s strangeness is very startling and sometimes bewildering. But there is a thanatonic rapture to its vision of a whole world ending and being reborn as something else.


Austin Chronicle by Richard Whittaker

Adapted by Katsuhiro Otomo from his sprawling, post-apocalyptic cyberpunk tale of government conspiracies, street gangs, and psychic powers that can save or destroy the world, it's still an all-time classic, and has never looked better.


Total Film by Simon Kinnear

Conceived on an unprecedented scale in ambition and technique, Otomo’s rich visuals and awe-inspiring action depict a post-apocalyptic dystopia where the threat of feral biker gangs is dwarfed by the rise of an uncontrollable psychic.

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