Distributor Manga Entertainment has officially announced plans to bring Katsuhiro Otomo’s iconic 1988 anime film AKIRA back to the UK & Ireland cinema screens as well as IMAX, using the recent 4K restoration transfer.
Due to the current conditions that’s affecting the UK, the theatrical release will be held at a limited time only. You can view the official UK website dedicated to its screenings for more information including locations closer to release.
“Akira is the film that made Manga Entertainment – and so we’re honoured to be able to bring it back to UK screens in this gorgeous new version remastered in stunning 4K. Quite simply, it’s going to blow your mind.”
Darcy Giles, PR & Social Media Manager at Manga Entertainment.
Based on Otomo’s manga series, AKIRA is animated by studio TMS Entertainment (known back then as Tokyo Movie Shinsha) and features Katsuhiro Otomo as director and writer, Izo Hashimoto joining Otomo as writer, and Shōji Yamashiro as music composer. The film had been released around the world including the UK back in the 90s and has been available for over 20 years.
Manga Entertainment has released the film on VHS, DVD and on Blu-ray in a deluxe package that included both English dubs alongside the Japanese audio with English subtitles.
“Neo-Tokyo, 2019. The city is being rebuilt post World War III. Kaneda and Tetsuo, two high school drop outs, stumble on a secret government project to develop new weapons – telekinetic humans. Tetsuo learns of the existence of his ‘peer’, Akira, the project’s most powerful subject, and determines to challenge him…”
Plot Synopsis via Manga Entertainment
Source: Manga Entertainment Blog