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Actor: Masaaki Ōkura

Akira (2020 Restoration)

Akira (2020 Restoration)

Based on director Katsuhiro Otomo‘s landmark dystopian manga of the same name, this enduringly popular work of Japanime is a visual feast, featuring epic, hand-drawn cityscapes as a backdrop for a sexy, violent cyberpunk adventure that takes place in the post-apocalyptic city of Neo-Tokyo (in… 2019!). The story follows a teenaged boy who is exposed to a mysterious energy source, and develops telekinetic powers that place him at the center of a conflict that may destroy the world.

“‘Akira’ is distractingly bloody and violent, but its phenomenal animation and sheer kinetic energy helped set the standard for modern anime.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

“An impressive achievement, often suggesting a weird expressionist blend of 2001, The Warriors, Blade Runner and Forbidden Planet.” (Time Out)

“A phenomenal work of animation with all the hallmarks of an instant cult classic.” (New York Times)

“Easily the most breathtaking and kinetic anime ever made.” (Village Voice)

Thursday, November 19
Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:20 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Tickets $15 advance HERE | $15 at the door

Monday, November 23 Final Screening!
Doors 8:45 pm Movie 9:05 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Tickets $15 advance HERE | $15 at the door

*Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
**Minors permitted. (Language warning.) Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service

PLEASE NOTE: All of the Rio Theatre’s screenings are operating at a sharply reduced capacity. We can’t guarantee availability of tickets at the door, so advance tickets for all screening events are strongly recommended. Our online box office can be found at www.riotheatretickets.ca. Online sales for every screening automatically end 1 hour before any given showtime.


AKIRA (Katsuhiro Ôtomo, 1988 / 124 mins / PG / Japanese with English subtitles) 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.

Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue

Recently remastered for its 20th anniversary, PERFECT BLUE is the groundbreaking (and rarely screened) first film from the legendary director Satoshi Kon that follows the story of rising pop star Mima, who has quit singing to pursue a career as an actress and model – but her fans aren’t ready to see her go. Encouraged by… Continue Reading