Akira – Enzian Theater

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Before the film, enjoy a presentation with Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore from the University of West Georgia as she joins us over Zoom to discuss psychokinesis and the study of Parapsychology.

In 1988 the Japanese government drops an atomic bomb on Tokyo after ESP experiments on children go awry. In 2019, 31 years after the nuking of the city, Kaneda, a bike gang leader, tries to save his friend Tetsuo from a secret government project. He battles anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader until Tetsuo’s supernatural powers suddenly manifest. A final battle is fought in Tokyo Olympiad exposing the experiment’s secrets.

Japan, 1988, 124 minutes, Rated R, In Japanese with English subtitles, Directed by Katsuhiro Ôtomo

  • In partnership with Science on Screen, An initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre. With major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
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