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Directed by Katsuhiro Ohtomo

Japan 1988 124 mins.

Ohtomo’s influential work reinvigorated Western interest in Japanese anime and still feels cutting-edge to this day. Adapting the voluminous cyberpunk manga series of the same name, Akira depicts a post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo on the brink of destruction once again. Set against this backdrop, motorcycle gang members Tetsuo and Kaneda find themselves ensnared in a conspiracy much deeper than their nightly skirmishes with a rival gang of biker clowns, one that threatens to transform their friendship, Neo-Tokyo, and Tetsuo forever.