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is a 1988 Japanese animated post-apocalyptic cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, produced by Ryōhei Suzuki and Shunzō Katō, and written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, based on Otomo's 1982 manga of the same name. The film had a production budget of , making it the most expensive anime film at the time (until it was surpassed a year later by Kiki's Delivery Service).

Plot

In 1988, a singularity destroys Tokyo. By 2019, Tokyo is rebuilt – now known as Neo-Tokyo – but is plagued by corruption, anti-government protests, terrorism, and gang violence and is on the verge of collapse. During a large protest, the hot-headed Shōtarō Kaneda leads his vigilante bōsōzoku gang against the rival Clown gang. Kaneda's best friend Tetsuo Shima inadvertently crashes his motorcycle into Takashi, an esper who escaped from a government laboratory with the aid of a resistance organization. The accident awakens psychic powers in Tetsuo, attracting the attention of a secret government project directed by Japan Self-Defense Forces Colonel Shikishima. Assisted by esper Masaru, Shikishima recaptures Takashi, takes Tetsuo with him, and arrests Kaneda and his gang. While being interrogated by the police, Kaneda meets Kei, an activist belonging to the resistance movement, and tricks the authorities into releasing her and his gang.

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