Akira

TIANA PAOLETTI

Akira. An anime film made in 1988 that shows a dystopian Tokyo, “Neo-Tokyo”, in the future year 2019 after a nuclear attack took place. It shows a local biker gang where one of the young men, Tetsuo, receives telekinetic abilities after he is in a motorbike accident. There is a lot of violence and crime shown throughout various scenes in the movie.

Like I mentioned in my previous blog post, my experience with Asian films or ‘anime’, if you will, extends only as far as the Pokémon franchise, and even then I wouldn’t say I have watched enough to be an expert on the topic. This anime film was clearly out of my realm of expertise, not only because it was in another language, but a completely different style of film to what I would normally choose – cartoon AND action with a touch of violence. I remember myself thinking…

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