DUNGANNON Film Club will be screening the cult anime classic Akira on Wednesday 12 February at 7.30pm.
Widely considered a landmark in Japanese Animation Katsuhiro Otomo’s 1988 feature has the endorsement of the late American film critic Rodger Ebert, who famously gave the film one of his coveted thumbs up upon its initial release. The enduring appeal of the feature lies with its beautiful animation, over the top violence and wonderful accompanying soundtrack. The film marked the beginning of the anime genre’s global emergence, and remains one of the most influential movies in the long history of animation.
Set in the post-apocalyptic community of Neo-Tokyo and based on Katsuhiro Otomo’s manga comic and allegedly inspired by the Bonnie and Clyde story the film’s plot tells the story of Tetsuo, a biker gang member turned into a rampaging psionic psychopath after a secret military project bombards the boy with a mysterious new energy source.
Tetso’s gang leader Shotaro Kaneda and the mysterious young girl Kei must work together to stop the increasingly deranged Tetso from releasing the mysterious and extremely dangerous psychic Akira from his forced imprisonment.
With it’s overtly dystopian overtures this film is simply a must-see for fans of the anime genre. Tickets for the screening at the Dungannon Art’s Centre are priced at £5 and can be purchased directly from the film society’s website.