Movies at the Museum | 'Akira' by Katsuhiro Otomo
MOVIES AT THE MUSEUM | 42nd Edition
Written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo
Japanese with English subtitles, colour, 124 minutes, 1988
Katsuhiro Otomo’s classic anime ‘Akira’ perhaps could only been created in Japan, a country that has experienced the worst of man-made horrors- the nuclear bomb. The world of Neo-Tokyo is neon-lit and apocalyptic in the aftermath of mysterious explosion. The city lies in ruins. Common street thugs race each other for supremacy on the streets, and a corrupt and bickering government is trying to re-harness the very power that led to that destruction in the first place. ’Akira’ is the name that might be the source of that power.
The film tells the story of Kaneda and his friend Tetsuo as they are caught in the power politics and violence that rules that city. Ground breaking at the time of its release for its hand-drawn 24fps animation, this film had grown in stature over the years for its dark apocalyptic futurism, its jaw dropping imagery and its complex philosophical plot. Today, this film is considered to be one of the greatest animation films ever made.
The film will be introduced and discussed by Avijit Mukul Kishore and Rohan Shivkumar, curators of this film screening programme.
About Movies at the Museum:
Launched on April 3rd 2015, 'Movies at the Museum' is a monthly screening programme, curated by filmmaker and cinematographer, Avijit Mukul Kishore, and architect and urban designer, Rohan Shivkumar. The programme includes films and videos made in different genres – documentary, fiction, animation and visual art. Film, art and academic practitioners are invited from time to time to engage in discussion on their work. The screenings are free and open to public.
Friday, 26th October 2018
Time: 6 pm - 8 pm
Screening is free and open to all over 16 years of age.
Limited seating on first come, first serve basis.
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