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Akira Creator Announces New Film
“Katsuhiro Otomo” by uzaigaijin

The details aren’t yet clear, but it appears Katsuhiro Otomo is at work on a new live-action film.

This will be the third live-action film for Otomo, the manga artist-turned-director who created Akira and helmed films like Memories, Steamboy, and Short Peace. His live-action debut was World Apartment Horror, a 1991 film based on a story by Satoshi Kon. More recently, Otomo directed the 2006 adaptation of Mushishi.


Otomo announced his new film at a ceremony at which he was promoted from chevalier to officer in the French Order of Arts and Letters, a recognition of significant contribution to arts and literature.

We may have to wait a while for this film: back in 2012, Otomo announced he was working on a new manga set in the Meiji period that has yet to see the light of day.

Any guesses what Otomo’s new film might be about?

World Apartment Horror

Sources: Comics Alliance, ANN

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Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.