Akira (1988)

Genres - Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Anime  |   Run Time - 124 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |   MPAA Rating - R
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One of the most influential examples of anime, Akira is based on the manga (comic book) by Katsuhiro Otomo. The story is set in the post-apocalyptic community of Neo-Tokyo. Tetsuo is a fiercely individualistic member of a scroungy motorcycle gang. The despotic authorities, the robot-like police, and even the cycle gang pursue Tetsuo when he's bombarded with a new, insidious energy source that has rendered him telekinetic. Budgeted at eight million dollars, Akira has become a cult favorite in the States thanks to generous midnight-movie exposure and its availibilty on video and cable TV.

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Keywords

biker, motorcycle-gang, post-nuclear-holocaust, experiment, telekinesis, uprising, cyberpunk, power-struggle, repression, revolution, terrorism

Attributes

High Historical Importance, High Production Values