“We can’t do an overview of Japanese anime without screening AKIRA,” said Secret Movie Club founder Craig Hammill. “Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo in 1988 based on his own manga, AKIRA has basically influenced all international pop-culture that has come after it. You might notice traces of its DNA in creative works as disparate as Rian Johnson’s time-travel movie Looper, the video game Final Fantasy 7, The Matrix, Ghost in the Shell, Cowboy Bebop, Tetsuo, and Ready Player One, just to name a few.”
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“Like another famous sci-fi landmark movie of the 1980’s, AKIRA takes place in a future dystopia 2019.” said Hammill. “AKIRA set the template for almost every cyberpunk story that came after it: a dystopian metropolis, shadowy government secret police, underground resistance fighters, an oppressive central government.”
Attendees can purchase limited edition SECRET MOVIE CLUB posters for every screening at all events, which feature new art by contemporary illustrators. Each film is preceded by a brief talk from Secret Movie Club founder Craig Hammill and a trivia question for the audience.
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