Neo-Tokyo is about to explode in Katsuhiro Ôtomo's landmark cyberpunk classic. Set in 2019 in the aftermath of World War III, AKIRA isn't just a movie — it's the birth of a genre. After a clash between the Capsules and their rival biker gang the Clowns, Tetsuo's latent psychic powers awaken. This new-found ability attracts the attention of a secret government project directed by the Japan Self-Defense Forces. As Tetsuo's powers grow, his best friend and leader of the Capsules, Kaneda, is determined to put an end to the conflict — even if it means killing Tetsuo. Cult classic AKIRA catapulted anime to popularity in the United States, becoming one of the most lauded and successful works of its kind. DIR/SCR Katsuhiro Ôtomo; SCR Izô Hashimoto; PROD Shunzō Katō, Ryōhei Suzuki. Japan, 1988, color, 124 min. In Japanese with English subtitles. RATED R
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