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Akira (1988)

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A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath who can only be stopped by two teenagers and a group of psychics.

Director:

Katsuhiro Ôtomo

Writers:

Katsuhiro Ôtomo (screenplay), Izô Hashimoto (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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)
Hiroshi Ôtake Hiroshi Ôtake ... Nezu (voice)
Kôichi Kitamura Kôichi Kitamura ... Lady Miyako / Committee A (voice)
Michihiro Ikemizu Michihiro Ikemizu ... Inspector / Committee I (voice)
Yuriko Fuchizaki Yuriko Fuchizaki ... Kaori (voice)
Masaaki Ôkura Masaaki Ôkura ... Yamagata (voice)
Tarô Arakawa Tarô Arakawa ... Army / Committee G / Eiichi Watanabe (voice)
Takeshi Kusao ... Kai (voice)
Kazumi Tanaka Kazumi Tanaka ... Army (voice)
Masayuki Katô Masayuki Katô ... Engineer Sakiyama / Committe D (voice)
Yôsuke Akimoto Yôsuke Akimoto ... Harukiya Bartender (voice)
Masato Hirano Masato Hirano ... Committee F / Spy / Yûji Takeyama / Terrorist (voice)
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Storyline

2019. 31 years after being destroyed during World War 3, Tokyo (now 'Neo-Tokyo') has been rebuilt and is a thriving metropolis. Shotaro Kaneda is the leader of a biker gang. His friend Tetsuo is injured in an accident and taken to a top-secret government facility. He develops telekinetic powers but decides to use them for evil rather than good. He has the same powers as Akira, the force that destroyed Tokyo in 1988, and now it appears that history will repeat itself. Written by grantss

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Taglines:

The definitive science fiction masterpiece. This is an unmissable anime classic! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

At one point a demonstrator is seen wearing a baseball cap with wings. A similar cap is a plot element in Katsuhiro Ôtomo's previous comic story "Domu." See more »

Goofs

When Yamagata yells to Kaneda during the terrorist bombing, his feet are not touching the ground. See more »

Quotes

Colonel (2001 Pioneer dub): Enough! Open up your eyes and look at the big picture; You're all puppets of corrupt politicians and capitalists. Don't you understand, it's utterly pointless to fight each other.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The Madman Entertainment DVD and Blu-ray releases of this movie in Australia contain both English audio tracks in addition to the original Japanese track. The DVD version is also THX certified. See more »

Connections

Referenced in DashieXP: XBOX SMASH!! (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Exodus From the Underground Fortress
Performed by Geinoh Yamashirogumi
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Neo Tokyo Is Out of This World
12 January 2020 | by roviovvsdSee all my reviews

Akira is fun, intriguing, violent and original. Beyond that this anime is famously the first, and a very early example, of an animation with completely matching and synchronous mouth movements for all the characters, which is an achievement for the fictitious and full-length feature. They are remaking this in Hollywood. I have owned a DVD of Akira for two decades and watch it every year. I will not be attending the American 'Akira.'


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

16 July 1988 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Akira: The Special Edition See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY1,100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,263, 1 January 1990

Gross USA:

$553,171

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,396,533
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| DTS (re-release)| Dolby (35 mm prints)| Dolby Digital (2001 re-issue)| Dolby (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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