Japan 2021 at the BFI IMAX


Akira continues to be one of the great anime titles of all time.

Image from Akira

Japan 1988
Dir Katsuhiro Ôtomo
With the voices of Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama
English subtitles
Certificate 15

Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s seminal anime – a striking, hyperkinetic adaptation of his own manga – almost single-handedly introduced the genre to audiences outside of Japan. It’s 2019, and in a dazzling Neo-Tokyo cyber-punk bikers cruise the Blade Runner-esque streets and do battle with military scientists and a telekinetic child. Impeccably detailed with fluid, jaw-dropping action, Akira remains a stunning cinematic achievement, made even more impressive on Britain’s biggest screen.