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Akira

Sep 20 Through Sep 21 | Fri | Time Varies |


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Staff Pick! Chosen by Katie. "The modern anime masterpiece that was instrumental in bringing Western audiences attention to the exciting world of anime, Akira is still a marvel of imagination and art. Backed by a then-record budget of US$10 million, Akira was the most expensive feature-length anime ever created. Its cutting-edge artwork rivaled anything yet produced by Disney or any other major Western creators of popular animation and its sophisticated story-line – replete with multidimensional characters and scenes of graphic violence – appealed to both adult and teenage audiences worldwide. "Envisioning a future where the streets of post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo are ruled by biker gangs and the upper echelons of society is ridden with intrigue, the movie concerns the exploits of Shotaro Kaneda (Mitsuo Iwata) and Tetsuo Shima (Nozomu Sasaki), two members of a teenage biker gang engaged in a brutal turf war with a rival group of thugs called the Clowns. While running for his life with two Clowns in close pursuit, Tetsuo encounters the mysterious Takashi (Tatsuhiko Nakamura), a young boy recently rescued from a government research facility by a terrorist group known as the Resistance.

Venue: IFC Center

323 6th Ave Map
212-924-7771