Dir. Katsuhiro Ohtomo. Japan, 1988. 2h 5m. Japanese/subs. Starring Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Toyama, Taro Ishida, Mizuho Suzuki, Tetsusho Genda.
Legendary cyberpunk animation depicting a dystopian Neo-Tokyo threatened by a biker gang member turned into a rampaging psychic psychopath. The films phenomenal visuals and thrilling kinetic energy helped set the standard of modern anime.
This film is part of our classics season to complement Modern Art Oxford exhibition Future Knowledge, which runs between 20 May—25 June 2017.
'It's hard not to be in awe of the giant hand-drawn cityscapes that make up the backdrop for the eye-popping action.' David Jenkins, Little White Lies
'Style and substance run neck and neck in this thrilling, bold landmark film that just refuses to become dated.' Phelim O'Neill, The Guardian