Culturally, Historically, or Aesthetically Significant Film #1: AKIRA: ANIME FILM: Premiered in 1988

 

My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  ⭐  ( 5/5 stars )
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Length:  2h 5m
8.1/10 IMDb
87% Rotten Tomatoes
Based on Manga by Katsuhira Otomo & contains a condensed plot with less characters than the manga.
Post-Apocalyptic/ Apocalyptic, Cyberpunk, Political
Deals with themes of: Social Isolation, Corruption, Power
Available in Sub & Dub. on HULU
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This film revolutionized anime. It was the first to prerecord dialogue, i a time when animation would stay still and the mouth would move. The lines were recorded, then the animation was made, to match the words. The film even used computer generated imagery to outline where falling debri would be and  help animation bes fluid.
The visuals linger in your mind. This is considered one of the greatest movies of all time. It was a film ahead of its time. The animation, to this day, is superb. This film greatly influenced modern films (animated and live action), t.v., & anime around the globe. The beginning, well, it alone had not been seen before. Wondering what modern film was greatly influenced by AKIRA? The Matrix, for one.
I have watched this film many times over the years. Every time I watch it I am immediately immersed. Something I love about the film is that each time I watch it, reactions seem real, the background (buildings and lights) have real world lighting – oh my. My favorite non-main character is the waitress.
You may need to watch this film  couple of times to understand what is going on.
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IMDb PLOT SUMMARY:
A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop. (124 mins.)
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Google Film Synopses:
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.

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What are things that come to mind?
Wizard of Oz – esque, Time travel, Being in Love, Divorce

Rotten Tomatoes 85%

Rated: PG-13

Came out in 1986

Genre: Drama film/Fantasy

Length: 1h 44m

I found this movie on HULU last night. I had never heard of it before. The description reeled me in. I was engaged immediately. The sets were well staged, the costumed were period appropriate, and the props were well presented. My favorite prop in the film was the cigarette holder. My favorite costume was the set that the protagonist’s little sister is first introduced in. This film is perfect for anyone who has had their heart broken and has rekindled the love at a later point in life.

This film reminded me of my parents. When I was about 8, I asked my mother why she loved my father. I was precocious and they were going through a divorce. I couldn’t understand why they ever got together.  Her answer was that she couldn’t explain it in a way that I would understand until I experienced romantic love. She told me that sometimes you love someone despite rational thought, that sometimes you stay with someone you love because your heart would hurt more without them. I asked her this same question when I was in my mid-teens. My parents had gotten back together only a couple of years before, by this point. They had both been changed by distance and time. This time she pointed out that I should know by now, & I did. Here I am, 17 years after first having asked my mother why she loved my father – knowing and understanding why – watching a film that I know would have had a heavy impact on me if I had seen it as a child. What that impact would have been, well, maybe we’ll know in another life. Having seen it now, well, I thought it was well done. My favorite line is : “I’m not stupid enough to marry you twice.” Why? This line and what happens directly after is very real. Sometimes, sometimes we are stupid enough to so the same thing twice. It’s not so much stupidity as it is optimism. Sometimes you try again and it does work out. Most times, it doesn’t, but when it does, oh…it can be quite beautiful.