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Anime Double Feature: Akira (1988) + Perfect Blue (1997)

24 February 2023 | 7:30 pm


Doors 7:00pm
Screening 7:30pm

Tickets $10 or
pay-what-you-choose (door)

Anime Double Feature:
Akira: Japan, 1988, Katsuhiro Otomo, 124 mins., R
Perfect Blue:
Japan, 1997, Satoshi Kon, 81 mins., R.

Curated by NAC Member Tyler Adair

Join us for two canonical Japanese anime films back-to-back at NAC! Our first feature, Akira (1988), exposes a secret military project which 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. After a brief intermission, we continue our anim-evening with Perfect Blue (1997), a psychological thriller about a Japanese idol who retires from music to pursue an acting career. As she becomes a victim of stalking, gruesome murders begin to occur, and she starts to lose her grip on reality.

“Akira’s strangeness is very startling and sometimes bewildering. But there is a thanatonic rapture to its vision of a whole world ending and being reborn as something else.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian; “Perfect Blue’s success lies in the twisted, self-referential storyline that intercuts reality with fantasy so fluidly that viewers inevitably take on Mima’s shattered point of view, unable to distinguish the truth until the stunning conclusion.” – Tasha Robinson, Sci-Fi Weekly


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24 February 2023
7:30 pm