Based on a Japanese manga series of the same name, Akira is set in 2019, when a secret military plan puts the futuristic and cyber-punk city of New Tokyo at risk. As a result of this military experience, a member of a motorcycle gang turns into a psychopath with mental powers who is capable of destroying everything that surrounds him. He comes up against resistance from two youngsters and a group of psychics.
The film’s cult following has grown exponentially since it was first shown in cinemas in the 1980s and it is considered a defining work in Japanese animation. Many critics now rate it as one of the best animation and science fiction films of all time.