A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics 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 / Council 1 (voice) (as Koichi Kitamura)
Michihiro Ikemizu ...
Inspector / Council 8 (voice)
Yuriko Fuchizaki ...
Kaori (voice)
Masaaki Ôkura ...
Yamagata (voice) (as Masaaki Okura)
Tarô Arakawa ...
Army / Committee G / Eiichi Watanabe (voice) (as Taro Arakawa)
Takeshi Kusao ...
Kai (voice)
Kazumi Tanaka ...
Army (voice)
Masayuki Katô ...
Sakiyama / Council 4 (voice) (as Masayuki Kato)
Yôsuke Akimoto ...
Harukiya Bartender (voice) (as Yosuke Akimoto)
Masato Hirano ...
Committee F / Spy / Yûji Takeyama (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>

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

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Release Date:

16 July 1988 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Akira: The Special Edition  »

Box Office

Budget:

JPY 1,100,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$439,162 (USA)
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Trivia

The Akira Committee was the name given to a partnership of several major Japanese entertainment companies brought together to realize production of an Akira film. The group's assembly was necessitated by the unconventionally high budget of around ¥1,100,000,000, intended to achieve the desired epic standard equal to Otomo's over 2,000 page manga tale. The committee consisted of publisher Kodansha Ltd., Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc., Bandai Co., Ltd., Hakuhodo Incorporated, distributor Toho Co., Ltd., Laserdisc Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation who all forwarded money and promotion towards the movie. The animation for the movie was provided for by animation producers, Tokyo Movie Shinsha Co., Ltd. See more »

Goofs

In the Streamline dub, one of the councilmen during the executive meeting states that the anti-government terrorists "tried to kidnap Number 25". It is clear that he is referring to Takashi, the esper who is abducted by the terrorists early in the film, but Takashi's designation is Number 26, not 25. (It may be possible that the councilman confused Takashi with the real Number 25, Kiyoko.) This does not occur in the Japanese version or the Pioneer dub, where he correctly refers to Takashi as "Number 26". See more »

Quotes

Tetsuo Shima: [after Kaneda shoots him in the arm with his laser cannon] Son of a bitch!
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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 »

Connections

Spin-off Akira (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Kaneda
Performed by Geinoh Yamashirogumi
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User Reviews

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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