Akira

New York Times Critics' Pick
124 mins.
Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo
R
Japanese with subtitles
1988

Clandestine army activities threaten the war torn city of Neo-Tokyo when a mysterious being with powerful psychic abilities escapes his prison and inadvertently draws a violent motorcycle gang into a heinous web of experimentation.

As a result, a biker with a twisted mind embarks on a path of war, seeking revenge against a society what once called him weak.


"Some kind of fever-dream masterpiece, easily the most breathtaking and kinetic anime ever made and one of the most eloquent (if utterly hermetic) films about atomic afterclap." Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice


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