Katsuhiro OTOMO 大友克洋
Nippon Retro ²
AKIRA is set in the Tokyo of the year 2019 (which was still some time in the future when the film was made), depicting a metropolis torn between luxury and decay. Members of a motorcycle gang become involved in secret parapsychological experiments of the military, which awaken enormous destructive powers in one of them. OTOMO adapted his own manga for the film, which conjures up a realistic apocalyptic mood, using all the possibilities of the anime genre.
About Katsuhiro OTOMO
Katsuhiro OTOMO, born 1954 in Miyagi, debuted in 1973 as manga artist and has won several prices ever since. His most famous manga AKIRA has become well-known in Germany after its film version and set high benchmarks for high quality animes.
In cooperation with Japanisches Kulturinstitut (The Japan Foundation) and DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum