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Animation at it's best.,
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This film, created in 1988, set the genre of of animated sci-fi cyber punk on it's upward rise to the films that are manga-maniacs joys of today.
It's set in Tokyo or rather Neo-Tokyo in 2019 (not so far off now) and follows the events concerning Tetsuo Shima, a member of a biker gang involved in intergang warfare.
To quote from wiki " While most of the character designs and basic settings were adapted from the original 2182-page manga epic, the restructured plot of the movie differs considerably from the print version, pruning much of the last half of the manga. The film became a hugely popular cult film and is widely considered to be a landmark in Japanese animation and film making in general."
The plot would take almost as long to try to condense and type out as it would to watch the film: a film that is disturbing in it's bleakness and dark depths in a way that only animation can often be.
If you are not an aficionado of animation then this is probably not for you. Likewise if you don't go much on sci-fi but if you like both these as well as Japanese manga comics then this film really is one you should watch. It's a couple of hours long but I found that no problem when I first ever saw it some years back. I still liked it some 20 years on.