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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 movie consists of 2,212 shots and 160,000 single pictures, 2-3 times more than usual, using 327 different colors (another record in animation film), 50 of which were exclusively created for the film. The reason for this statistic is that most of the movie takes place at night, a setting that is traditionally avoided by animators because of the increased color requirements. See more »

Goofs

When Kanada and his crew are walking from school, Kanada's shoes change color in the same shot. See more »

Quotes

Yamagata: [Glancing at the bar tender's corpse] Kai was right you did this didn't you!
Tetsuo: All you're good for now is telling me where Kaneda's bike is
Yamagata: Tetsuo!
Tetsuo: It's a piece of shit anyway.
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Crazy Credits

The date of the first coming of Akira is the exact same date as it was released originally in Japan. See more »

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Featured in 100 Greatest Cartoons (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Tokyo Shoeshine Boy
Performed by Teruko Akatsuki
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Be careful with this film.
16 January 1999 | by (University of Michigan) – See all my reviews

*Stereotype: Akira is a gratuitous bloodbath.

Maybe, but it's also a hard-nosed societal critique. Gore fans get what they want, but they have some morality shoved down their throats, as well. Most people who hate this movie watch it with a predetermined mindset. . . It takes thought and patience to piece together its sophisticated story.

*Stereotype: Akira rocks!!

The animation equals or exceeds Disney's best, the music is awesome, and the characters are complex, but "Akira" has its flaws. Chunked together from a long pre-existing storyline and filled with gritty violence, "Akira" draws fanatics too bloodthirsty to appreciate its message, and scares away critics intelligent enough to understand it. It takes a very open mind to enjoy this movie.

All in all, be careful with this movie; it's not for everyone. Just ignore the hype on BOTH sides and judge for yourself. I recommend the subtitled version; the dub's voice actors suck and anyone who'll understand this movie is obviously smart enough to read.


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