In this landmark classic of Japanese animation, a race of children with special powers is being used by the government -- following the nuclear devastation of a world war.
Original theatrical release: July 16, 1988 (Japan).
Copyright 1989 Akira Committee.
"...A phenomenal work of animation with all the hallmarks of an instant cult classic..." - 10/19/1990 New York Times, p.C12
"...The movie's strengths are speed, attitude and incessant dazzle -- so much so that this expensive post-World War III urban fantasy is widely regarded as Japan's greatest animated feature..." - 07/27/2001 USA Today, p.6E
"...Parts of AKIRA are as well directed as anything you'll ever see..." - 07/27/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.51
"...The film itself is well worth revisiting, if only to admire how well it stands up next to more recent genre classics such as METROPOLIS and SPIRITED AWAY..." - 10/01/2003 Sight and Sound, p.74
5 stars out of 5 -- "Pretty much every frame delivers startling new peaks of animation, and the sheer ambition of the thing takes the breath away." - 06/01/2011 Total Film