Japan for the Uninvited

Japanese culture from a bemused foreign perspective

Akira (1988)

1988’s ‘Akira’ introduced Japanese anime to the Western world. The film was based on the manga of the same name, one of the most influential ever drawn.

In a nightmarish future Tokyo, blown apart by a huge WWIII nuclear blast, an aimless motorcycle gang stumble across “Akira” – a terrifying government secret which may destroy everyone.

The characters and emotions of ‘Akira’ are basic, but the film has been a inspiration for more recent movies like ‘The Matrix’, and will remain a cult classic in the future.

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  1. Claire

    Basic? One thinks that the author go back and watch Akira once again. There are deep, vast-ranging themes throughout the film which speak more of Japanese culture, traditions and its future than any article yet published.

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