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Animation, Sci-Fi, Foreign | 1988 | NR. 2hr 5min
CAST: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama DIRECTOR: Katsuhiro Otomo WEIRD ELEPHANT SERIES

A mesermizing, towering acheivement in imagination, this Akira takes place in the year 2019, and was released in the US in 1989, making 2019 its 30th anniversary. One of the best-known examples of contemporary Japanese animation, this cyberpunk adventure takes place in the post-apocalyptic city of Neo-Tokyo. A teen-age boy is exposed to a mysterious energy source and develops telekinetic powers that place him at the center of a conflict that may destroy the world. IN the original JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

An impressive achievement, often suggesting a weird expressionist blend of 2001, The Warriors, Blade Runner and Forbidden Planet.
Geoff Andrews - Time Out
A phenomenal work of animation with all the hallmarks of an instant cult classic.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
The most expensive animated feature ever made in Japan... and it's easily the most impressive, as well.
Richard Harrington - Washington Post
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