Otomo, Akira

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwKvN6THip8 Otomo's "Akira" is a great film of cities. During the famous motorbike battle, the action of the battle itself melts into the larger chaos and hubbub of the city. Neo-Tokyo as organism. Within all the urban tumult, Otomo also includes many pockets of quiet and intimacy. We get a good one during this sequence, when Tetsuo wipes out and has to restart his bike, but there are many, many others throughout the film-- Kaori's lonely visit to the laundromat, or Kaneda's makeshift funeral for Yamagata, for example-- which resonate with the hush of the film's most cataclysmic moments.

Foreman, On Losing

Moebius & Jodo, Incal