With the 30th anniversary of Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s masterpiece Akira we are honored to bring this groundbreaking juggernaut of Japanese animé back to the big screen. This no holds barred visual thrill ride is the perfect storm of painstakingly detailed animated craftsmanship, a rip-roaring story on the corrupting force of absolute power and the mesmerizing one of a kind musical score that leaves you gasping for air. So kickstart your futuristic superbike and join us for a joyride through Neo-Tokyo in our first feature of our Tokyo Stories series in October.
In 1988 the Japanese government drops an atomic bomb on Tokyo after ESP experiments on children go awry. In 2019, 31 years after nuking the city, Kaneda, a bike gang leader, tries to save his friend Tetsuo from a secret government project. He battles against anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader until Tetsuo’s supernatural power suddenly manifest. A final battle is fought in Tokyo Olympiad exposing the experiment’s secrets.
KINO met up with Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo and asked him a few questions when he was in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen a few months ago. If you have tickets for one of the screenings, you will get to see this interview!
Akira (1988) will be screened as a part of our Tokyo Stories series