AKIRA

Director Katsuhiro Ôtomo
Year 1988
Starring Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama and Mitsuo Iwata
Rating R
Run Time 124min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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Widely considered the greatest anime ever made, and almost definitely responsible for the popularity of anime in North America, AKIRA has managed to remain just as popular and impressive today as it was when it was released in 1988.  Perhaps this is due to what an incredible story it tells.  Possibly, its due to the almost impossible level the animation reaches.  Or maybe, its simply because it has the absolute coolest motorcycles ever imagined.

Regardless, the story of a gang of young street kids who get tangled up in something much bigger when one of their number begins exhibiting psychic powers is still mind-blowingly good.  Secret government projects, apocalyptic scenarios, futuristic cities, and teenage biker gangs.  Add all that together and you end up with a film that had to develop new animation techniques just to finish its production.  And you have the opportunity to see it as it was meant to be seen.  In the original language and on a big screen.

AKIRA is not your every day film.  This is the type of movie that comes along once in a generation and shakes everything up.  This is a movie that its rumored left George Lucas with the reaction, “Its unmarketable” for US audiences.  Its very, very difficult to overstate how important AKIRA is.  And its impossible to overstate how beautiful it will be on the big screen. (David Chisholm)

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