It`s 2019: thirty-one years after World War III and the authority of Neo-Tokyo is waging a constant battle against the Underground rebels. Caught in the middle is a motorcycle gang whose aim is just to make trouble. The gang leader Kaneda gets involved in more ways than one when an experimental psychic child escapes and results in gang member Tetsuo`s capture and subsequent experimentation. Tetsuo the "bitter runt" of the pack now has the power of Akira and soon escapes as soon as everyone realizes that his power can result in total destruction of Neo-Tokyo.
The film explores a number of psychological and philosophical themes, such as the nature of corruption, the will to power, and the growth from childhood to maturity both in individuals and the human race itself. Elements of Buddhist symbolism are also present in the film. Notable themes in the film include youth culture, cyberpunk, delinquency, psychic awareness, social unrest, the world's reaction toward a nuclear holocaust and Japan's post-war economic revival. (source: Wikipedia)
R - 17+
124 minutes Ending Theme:
"Kaneda" by Geinoh Yamashiro-gumi
Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Animation: Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo Script: Izô Hashimoto, Katsuhiro Otomo Original Manga: Katsuhiro Otomo Music Production: Victor Entertainment Music: Shoji Yamashiro Director of Photography: Katsuji Misawa Editing: Takeshi Seyama Key Animation: Hiroyuki Kitakubo Executive Producer: Shigeru Watanabe