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Akira (1988)

 -  Animation | Sci-Fi  -  24 July 2001 (USA)
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A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psionic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psionics can stop.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mitsuo Iwata ...
Kaneda (voice)
Nozomu Sasaki ...
Tetsuo (voice)
Mami Koyama ...
Kei (voice)
Tesshô Genda ...
Ryu (voice) (as Tetsusho Genda)
Hiroshi Ôtake ...
Nezu (voice) (as Hiroshi Otake)
Kôichi Kitamura ...
Miyako (voice)
Michihiro Ikemizu ...
Inspector (voice)
Yuriko Fuchizaki ...
Kaori (voice)
Masaaki Ôkura ...
Yamagata (voice)
Tarô Arakawa ...
Watanabe (voice)
Takeshi Kusao ...
Kai (voice)
Kazumi Tanaka ...
Army (voice)
Masayuki Katô ...
Sakiyama (voice)
Yôsuke Akimoto ...
Barkeep (voice)
Masato Hirano ...
Yûji (voice)
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Storyline

Kaneda is a bike gang leader whose close friend Tetsuo gets involved in a government secret project known as Akira. On his way to save Tetsuo, Kaneda runs into a group of anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader. The confrontation sparks off Tetsuo's supernatural power leading to bloody death, a coup attempt and the final battle in Tokyo Olympiad where Akira's secrets were buried 30 years ago. Written by Tzung-I Lin <tzung@hugo.att.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The end of the world was only the beginning See more »

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Animation | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic violence and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 July 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Akira: The Special Edition  »

Box Office

Budget:

JPY 1,100,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$439,162 (USA)
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(70 mm prints)| (re-release)| (35 mm prints)| (2001 re-issue)

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Trivia

The film was re-released in 2001 with a new voice dub and soundtrack, reportedly costing over $1 million. See more »

Goofs

Just before Kaneda escapes from Tetsuo's mutating body the Colonel's mustache disappears for a few frames. See more »

Quotes

Takashi: It was too difficult for Tetsuo... of course, too difficult for us. And for Akira
Masaru: We just didn't have the power.
Kiyoko: But someday we will be...
Masaru: Because we have already begun.
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Crazy Credits

Credits roll with Big Bang-like footage of stars and galaxies, in the background. See more »

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References Metropolis (1927) See more »

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Tokyo Shoeshine Boy
Performed by Teruko Akatsuki
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Trademark Manga for the Western culture
23 October 2001 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Without a doubt the necessary injection of Manga culture Western audiences needed. Personal objections (or should I say appraisals) aside, Akira deconstructs the form of narrative and character development that we had all become accustomed to through Hollywood and produces a reasonably honest translation of Katsuhiro Otomo's Manga epic, with mass deletions of unnecessary characters and plot avenues. The story is complex enough to keep western audiences attention, yet simple enough to digest whilst taking in the wonderfull animation and excellent soundtrack (a collection of traditional Japanese instruments and modern day synthesised electronica that allow for elements of cinema to establish themselves for the audience) The conflict between the two main characters, Tetsuo and Kaneda is ultimately superceded by the films namesake, the mystery of the boy Akira, and as with very few films Hollywood produces it leaves it's more labour intensive thinking until the end. A delight to follow, with periods of intense action and thought provoking predictions of a neo society, one would like to think of the film as the pipe dream of one who predicted such tragic events as of September 11. Akira, whilst violent for the medium, is a lush metropolis of gang warfare, a psuedo examination into the possible, and a fantasy tale of elements long lost in modern cinema. A cool, entertaining piece littered with cult visions and awesome bikes.


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