• Directed by Koji Morimoto (Magnetic Rose), Tensai Okamura (Stink Bomb), Katsuhiro Otomo (Chief, Cannon Fodder)
  • 1995 | 115mins | Japan | (12)

From the creator Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo, come three unforgettable animated tales…

This 1995 anthology movie brought together some of the anime industry’s best and brightest to tell three stylistically diverse stories, all drawing inspiration from the work of Katsuhiro Otomo. A collaboration between Studio 4°C and Madhouse, Memories is full of cinematic surprises, from the haunting deep-space ghost story of its opening segment Magnetic Rose, directed by Koji Morimoto (The Animatrix, Mind Game) with a script, layouts and background designs from rising star Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Paprika), to the knockabout human-bioweapon comedy of Stink Bomb from veteran animator Tensai Okamura (My Neighbour Totoro, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Wolf’s Rain), to the formally audacious final segment, the dystopian, steampunk-style satire Cannon Fodder, directed by Otomo himself.

Episode 1: Magnetic Rose

Alone on a mysterious ship in deepest space, she waits. Once a beloved diva, she is now nothing more than memories. And for unsuspecting travellers that respond to her beacon, she will be their undoing.

Episode 2: Stink Bomb

A junior scientist gets the flu, and decides to try out some newly developed pills. But he takes the wrong ones, turning him into a walking, talking, and exceptionally clueless weapon of mass destruction.

Episode 3: Cannon Fodder

A day in the life of a small family in a big city. In this city, there is only war. There are no dreams, there is only labour. And there is no god, only a gigantic cannon.