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Akira
D: Katsuhiro Otomo (1988) 124m


Violent cartoon version of Otomo's comic book series is largely responsible for the current worldwide popularity of Japanese animation. A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath who can only be stopped by two teenagers and a group of psychics. A mind-boggling climax brings change on a universal scale.





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Ghost in the Shell
D: Mamoru Oshii (1995) 83m


In the year 2029, the barriers of our world have been broken down by the net and by cybernetics, but this brings new vulnerability to humans in the form of brain-hacking. When a highly-wanted hacker known as 'The Puppetmaster' begins involving them in politics, Section 9, a group of cybernetically enhanced cops, are called in to investigate and stop the Puppetmaster.





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The Iron Giant
D: Brad Bird (1999) 86m


During the Cold War in October 1957, an object from space crashes in the ocean just off the coast of Maine, then enters the forest near the town of Rockwell. Nine-year-old Hogarth Hughes investigates and finds a giant robot attempting to eat the transmission lines of an electrical substation. Hogarth eventually befriends the Giant, finding it docile and curious. But it needs some help.





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A Scanner Darkly
D: Richard Linklater (2006) 100m


The United States has lost the war on drugs. Substance D, a powerful and dangerous drug that causes bizarre hallucinations, has swept the country. Approximately 20% of the population is addicted. In response, the government has developed an invasive, high-tech surveillance system and a network of undercover officers and informants. From the mind of Philip K. Dick.





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WALL•E
D: Andrew Stanton (2008) 98m


After spending lonely centuries performing his waste allocation duties on a devastated Earth, robot WALL•E finally meets the mech of his dreams - the sleek search robot EVE. Pixar films rarely miss the mark, but this one is even a few notches above most of their other impressive output. There is an almost overpowering environmental message for young and old alike.





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Summer Wars
D: Mamoru Hosoda (2009) 114m


Kenji Koiso, a young student at Kuonji High School with a gift for mathematics, tries to fix a problem he accidentally caused in OZ. He is a part-time Gamemaster in the massive computer-simulated virtual reality world OZ. Meanwhile, he pretends to be the fiancé of his friend at her grandmother's 90th birthday. Director Mamoru Hosoda shows off his eye for detail in this one.





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Avatar
D: James Cameron (2009) 162m


Director James Cameron uses state-of-the-art 3D technology to produce visually convincing 'live action animation'. A wheelchair-bound Marine is sent to the planet Pandora where a corporate consortium is stomping all over the rights of the indigenous people in order to obtain a rare mineral. He infiltrates the Na'vi through a genetically engineered avatar body… but soon has a change of heart.





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BLAME!
D: Hiroyuki Seshita (2017) 106m


In the distant future, humans are declared "illegal residents" and hunted to near extinction by murderous robots. One day, a group of human scavengers come across a strange man named Killy, who may be the key to humanity's survival. Japanese CGI anime film based on the manga series 'Blame!', which was written and illustrated by Tsutomu Nihei. Available in an English dub version.


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