BFI Akira

BFI AkiraSuccessful in both Japan and the West, Akira had a huge impact on the international growth in popularity of manga and anime. Closely analysing the film and its key themes, we assess its historical importance, its impact on the Western perception of anime, and its influence on science fiction cinema.

This film book is released as part of the BFI’s Days of Fear and Wonder season.

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Pocket Essential John Carpenter

Of all the directors in commercial American film-making, John Carpenter remains the industry’s most consistent storyteller. His films, like HalloweenThe ThingEscape From New York and Assault on Precinct 13 spark enthusiasm in those who know them and his name alone will draw people into the cinemas. Ultimately, John Carpenter’s reputation is built on his ability to tell a story and tell it well. He excites, thrills and scares audiences the world over. He has set trends and influenced many other directors in the Science Fiction and Horror fields. In the Pocket Essential John Carpenter you will discover his films, his scripts and his music.