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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 that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kaneda (voice)
... Tetsuo (voice)
... Kei (voice)
... Ryu (voice) (as Tetsusho Genda)
Hiroshi Ôtake ... Nezu (voice) (as Hiroshi Otake)
Kôichi Kitamura ... Lady Miyako / Committee A (voice) (as Koichi Kitamura)
Michihiro Ikemizu ... Inspector / Committee I (voice)
Yuriko Fuchizaki ... Kaori (voice)
Masaaki Ôkura ... Yamagata (voice) (as Masaaki Okura)
Tarô Arakawa ... Army / Committee G / Eiichi Watanabe (voice) (as Taro Arakawa)
... Kai (voice)
Kazumi Tanaka ... Army (voice)
Masayuki Katô ... Engineer Sakiyama / Committe D (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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2019, the year before the Neo-Tokyo Olympic Games... what did the boys see that night? What is the "Ultra-Top Secret Project" slumbering underground? The year's most controversial film has arrived! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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16 July 1988 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Akira: The Special Edition  »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY 1,100,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$553,171
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1.85 : 1 (VHS version)
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Trivia

At one point in the 1990s, Sony contemplated a live-action version of the film, but scrapped the idea when the projected budget went north of US$300 million. See more »

Goofs

The rank insignia on the Colonel's uniform changes from 2 stars to 3 stars in some shots. See more »

Quotes

Kaneda (2001 Pioneer dub): [when he claims to Ryu he knows who the new subject is] Come on... don't they say the only foolish questions are unasked ones?
[Ryu walks up to him with a mischievous look on his face]
Kaneda (2001 Pioneer dub): They don't?
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Requiem
Performed by Geinoh Yamashirogumi
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Be careful with this film.
16 January 1999 | by 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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