1988, R, 124 min. Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. Voices by Iwata Mitsuo, Sasaki Nozomu, Koyama Mami.

REVIEWED By Richard Whittaker, Fri., Sept. 25, 2020

This masterpiece of Japanese animation gets a long-awaited 4K restoration. Adapted by Katsuhiro Otomo from his sprawling, post-apocalyptic cyberpunk tale of government conspiracies, street gangs, and psychic powers that can save or destroy the world, it's still an all-time classic, and has never looked better.

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