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Akira Returns To The Big Screen To Celebrate The 25th Anniversary Of Manga Entertainment

Friday 16th September 2016


*UPDATE* Due to popular demand you’ll now be able to watch Akira at two additional locations, Manchester HOME & Dublin Vue. But that’s not all, we now have extra dates and showings at selected cinemas - which include back to back showings of both the dubbed and subtitled version of the film, helping to ensure you get to experience Akira the way you want.
Check below for updates.


AKIRA
CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF MANGA ENTERTAINMENT

Manga Entertainment is excited to announce that they will be screening the cult anime classic Akira across the UK to celebrate their twenty-fifth birthday this year!

The showings will take place on the 21st September, and will play on over 70 screens - making this the widest UK theatrical release of the film since its original run!

“Iconic and game-changing, Akira is the definitive anime classic which even after decades since its initial release still holds up as one of the most thrilling and visceral films you will ever see! In celebration of Manga’s 25th anniversary we will be re-releasing Akira in cinemas this September on over 70 screens across the UK. Not only that, in November we will be releasing a collector’s edition triple play – DVD, Blu-ray and digital copy housed in a rigid box, containing both English dubs as well as brand new artwork. This is an absolute must for any Akira fan!" - Andrew Hewson, Marketing Manager

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See below for the full list of participating cinemas - find show times and book tickets here!



Aberdeen - Union Square Cineworld - DUBBED
Basingstoke - Festival Place Vue - SUBBED & DUBBED
Bath - PictureHouse - SUBBED
Belfast - Odyssey Independent - SUBBED
Birmingham - Broad Street Cineworld -DUBBED
Birmingham - Electric Independent - SUBBED - ***EXTRA DATE!***
Birmingham - Star City Vue - SUBBED
Bluewater - Showcase CDL - DUBBED
Brighton - Komedia PictureHouse - SUBBED - ***EXTRA DATE!***
Bristol - Showcase - SUBBED & DUBBED
Bristol - Showcase CDL - DUBBED
Cambridge - PictureHouse - SUBBED
Cambridge - Vue - SUBBED
Cardiff - Showcase - DUBBED
Cheshire Oaks - Vue -SUBBED & DUBBED
Coventry - Showcase - DUBBED
Crawley - Cineworld -DUBBED
Derby - Showcase CDL - DUBBED
Dublin - Cineworld - DUBBED
Dublin - Vue - SUBBED ***NEW SCREEN!***
Dudley - Showcase DUBBED
Dundee DCA - Independent - SUBBED
Edinburgh - Cineworld - DUBBED
Edinburgh - Cameo PictureHouse - SUBBED
Enfield - Cineworld - DUBBED
Exeter - PictureHouse - SUBBED
Exeter - Vue - SUBBED
Gateshead - Vue -SUBBED
Glasgow East - (Out of Town) Showcase - DUBBED
Glasgow - Renfrew Street (Central) Cineworld - DUBBED
Hull - Vue -SUBBED
Inverness - Vue - SUBBED
Lancaster - Dukes Independent - SUBBED
Leeds - Showcase CDL - SUBBED & DUBBED
Leeds - Hyde Park Independent - SUBBED
Leicester - Showcase CDL - SUBBED & DUBBED
Liverpool - Showcase - DUBBED
Liverpool - FACT PictureHouse - SUBBED
London Central - Central PictureHouse - SUBBED
London Central - Prince Charles Independent - SUBBED *** EXTRA DATE! ***
London East Hackney - PictureHouse - SUBBED
London East Newham - Showcase - DUBBED
London East West India Quay - Cineworld - DUBBED
London East Westfield Stratford - Vue - SUBBED & DUBBED
London North Crouch End - PictureHouse - SUBBED
London North Finchley Road - Vue - SUBBED
London North Islington - Vue - SUBBED
London North Wood Green - Vue -SUBBED
London South Croydon - Grants Vue - SUBBED
London South - Ritzy PictureHouse - SUBBED
London South Wandsworth - Cineworld - DUBBED
London West - Westfield Vue - SUBBED & DUBBED
Manchester - Home - SUBBED ***EXTRA DATES!*** ***NEW SCREEN!***
Manchester - Showcase - DUBBED
Manchester - Red Vue - SUBBED & DUBBED
Milton Keynes - Cineworld - DUBBED
Northampton - Vue - SUBBED
Norwich - PictureHouse - SUBBED
Norwich - Vue - SUBBED
Nottingham - Showcase CDL -SUBBED & DUBBED
Oxford - PictureHouse - SUBBED
Oxford - Vue - SUBBED
Paisley Showcase -DUBBED
Peterborough - Showcase -DUBBED
Plymouth - Vue - SUBBED & DUBBED
Portsmouth - Vue - SUBBED & DUBBED
Portsmouth - No. 6 Independent - SUBBED
Reading - Showcase CDL - SUBBED & DUBBED
Sheffield - Cineworld - DUBBED
Sheffield - Vue - SUBBED
Southampton - PictureHouse - SUBBED
Stirling - Vue - SUBBED
London East Stratford East - PictureHouse - SUBBED
Swansea - Vue - SUBBED & DUBBED
Teeside - Showcase DUBBED
Walsall - Showcase - DUBBED
Watford - Vue - SUBBED
York - PictureHouse - SUBBED
York - Vue - SUBBED

Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark cyberpunk classic obliterated the boundaries of Japanese animation and forced the world to look into the future. Akira’s arrival shattered traditional thinking, creating space for movies like The Matrix to be dreamed into brutal reality. Neo-Tokyo, 2019. The city is being rebuilt post World War III when two high school drop outs, Kaneda and Tetsuo stumble across a secret government project to develop a new weapon - telekinetic humans. After Tetsuo is captured by the military and experimented on, he gains psychic abilities and learns about the existence of the project's most powerful subject, Akira. Both dangerous and destructive, Kaneda must take it upon himself to stop both Tetsuo and Akira before things get out of control and the city is destroyed once again.

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Neo-Tokyo, 2019. The city is well on the way to rebuilding after World War III. The central characters, Kaneda and Tetsuo, two high school drop-outs, are members of a joy-riding motorcycle gang. In the opening scene, Kaneda and Tetsuo stumble upon a secret government project to develop telekinetic humans, apparently for use as weapons. Tetsuo learns of the existence of his 'peer' Akira, the project's most powerful subject, and determines to challenge him...

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