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Akira

Directed by
Katsuhiro Ôtomo

Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s irradiated vision of Neo-Tokyo 2019 has officially spent 30 years at the tippy-top of the anime canon, and Central Cinema is celebrating its anniversary with alternating subtitled and dubbed screenings.

“Easily the most breathtaking and kinetic anime ever made.” – The Village Voice

In 1988 the Japanese government drops an atomic bomb on Tokyo after ESP experiments on children go awry. In 2019, 31 years after nuking the city, Kaneda, a bike gang leader, tries to save his friend Tetsuo from a secret government project. He battles against anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader until Tetsuo’s supernatural power suddenly manifest.

“A blast and a half, a twisted dystopian parable of violence and rock and roll, Japanese-style. It’s Disney on PCP, mean, rotten, psychotic, but incredibly vivid.” – Baltimore Sun

Japan
1988
124
minutes
• Rated
R

Starring
Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki