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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16 July 1988 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

JPY 1,100,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$439,162 (USA)
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Trivia

Katsuhiro Ôtomo is claimed to have filled 2000 pages of notebooks, containing various ideas and character designs for the film, but the final storyboard consisted of a trimmed-down 738 pages. See more »

Goofs

When the camera is far away from Akira's capsule, the nameplate is in katakana (a Japanese alphabet). When Tetsuo walks closer, it has mystically been translated to Romaji (English) characters. See more »

Quotes

Tetsuo (1988 Streamline Pictures dub): Oh, no.
Kaneda (1988 Streamline Pictures dub): What happened? Quite a mess huh?
Tetsuo (1988 Streamline Pictures dub): Ah. Well, it's over now. It isn't like you to miss the party.
Kaneda (1988 Streamline Pictures dub): You really put quite a scare into all of us. The guys thought you might be out here crying for help again.
Tetsuo (1988 Streamline Pictures dub): Kaneda, we're not back in school anymore. Ever since i was a kid, you've been telling me what to do. Always treating me like a kid. You made me look like a runt in front of the others.
Kaneda (1988 Streamline Pictures dub): Now you're king of the mountain, aren't ya, but it's all garbage!
Tetsuo (1988 Streamline Pictures dub): Kaneda!
Kaneda (1988 Streamline Pictures dub): Okay, let's settle this once ...
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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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Winds Over Neo-Tokyo
Performed by Geinoh Yamashirogumi
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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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