Difficult to imagine that the groundbreaking futuristic film that introduced many people in the West to anime is 30 years old.

To make the anniversary, there’s a big-screen showing at The Prince Charles Cinema.

Not only is this a film that visually deserves the big screen, the dramatic music warrants the large sound system.

Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark cyberpunk classic obliterated the boundaries of Japanese animation and forced the world to look into the future. Akira’s arrival shattered traditional thinking, creating space for movies like The Matrix to be dreamed into brutal reality.

It is considered by many critics to be one of the greatest animated and science fiction films of all time.

A city on the brink, the young disillusioned with modern life turning to drugs and gangs, religious fanatics, corrupt politicians, and a military seeking to keep a deadly secret from the people.

It may seem odd to some, but I prefer the Japanese language version with subtitles — maybe because the strangeness of the language seeming more fitting with the futuristic story and otherworldly cityscape.

Japanese faces with American voiceovers is just too weird, even for this story.

Fortunately (for me at least), the screening is in Japanese with subtitles. Yay!

Akira will be shown on 25th Feb at 8:45pm, and tickets cost £10.

Book tickets here.

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