'Akira' Coming to Theaters in 4K Later This Month

Neo-Tokyo is about to explode... in 4K!

After receiving a shiny new 4K Ultra HD release earlier this year, Katsuhiro Otomo's groundbreaking 1988 science fiction film Akira will be bringing its new 4K restoration to US theaters this month!

Presented by Funimation in Japanese, with English subtitles, Akira will hit select theaters on September 24th. The 4K restoration also recently played in European and Japanese IMAX cinemas.

Head on over to Cinemark.com to check your local theater listings and find out if Akira is playing near you.

Based on Otomo's graphic novel, Akira takes place in 2019. 31 years after being destroyed during World War 3, Tokyo (now Neo-Tokyo) has been rebuilt and is a thriving metropolis. Shotaro Kaneda is the leader of a biker gang. His friend Tetsuo is injured in an accident and taken to a top-secret government facility. He develops telekinetic powers but decides to use them for evil rather than good. He has the same powers as Akira, the force that destroyed Tokyo in 1988. It now appears that history will repeat itself.

What We Do in the Shadows director Taika Waititi was originally slated to direct a live-action version of the film for Warner Bros., but the plug was pulled on the project back in 2019.