21 May 2012

Welcome to Neo-Tokyo...

The year is 2019 and the city is slowly being rebuilt after the nuclear destruction that happened 30 years earlier. The repressive military government is in power but the under belly of the city is being ruled by teenage motorbike riding gangs, the Capsules and the Clowns.

The inhabitants of Neo-Tokyo believe that the future of the city lies in the return of the legendary Akira, a young boy who has developed psychic god-like powers as a result of government experiments in the 1980s. It was the young Akira who destroyed the original Tokyo in 1988 after losing control of his abilities. Now he exists as a shell of his former self within a cryonic chamber, located underneath the city's Olympic Stadium.  

This vision of Neo-Tokyo and the original Akira first existed in Katsuhiro Otomo's hand drawn manga strip in 1982. Otomo went on to draw more than 2000 pages of Akira up until 1990 that were eventually published as volumes in their own right. The feature film had a huge budget of £8.5 million for its 1988 release, mainly down to the pioneering animation techniques that it used. It received international success, making Akira one of the first films to introduce anime to the West and is a must see on the big screen. 

Akira will be showing tonight at 9pm. You can book tickets online, in person at the Box Office or by calling 0871 902 5737.