It’s 2019, thirty-one years after the Japanese government nuked Tokyo as damage control for an experiment involving paranormal abilities in children. Cyberpunk biker Kaneda rides into the unknown on a mission to save his friend Tetsuo from a vast and far-reaching government conspiracy.
Calling Akira a pioneering work of animation would be doing it a disservice. It’s a pioneering, hugely influential work of cinema, period. Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s cyberpunk masterpiece hurtles through the neon-drenched streets of post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo, and finds jaw-dropping artistry in every frame.
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Buster Keaton,Clyde Bruckman, 1926, United States
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Harmony Korine, 2007, United States
Mamoru Oshii, 1995, Japan
Mamoru Oshii, 2004, Japan
Kinji Fukasaku, 2000, Japan
Park Chan-wook, 2003, South Korea
Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979, Soviet Union