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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.

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Katsuhiro Ôtomo

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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) (as Tetsusho Genda)
Hiroshi Ôtake Hiroshi Ôtake ... Nezu (voice) (as Hiroshi Otake)
Kôichi Kitamura Kôichi Kitamura ... Lady Miyako / Committee A (voice) (as Koichi Kitamura)
Michihiro Ikemizu Michihiro Ikemizu ... Inspector / Committee I (voice)
Yuriko Fuchizaki Yuriko Fuchizaki ... Kaori (voice)
Masaaki Ôkura Masaaki Ôkura ... Yamagata (voice) (as Masaaki Okura)
Tarô Arakawa Tarô Arakawa ... Army / Committee G / Eiichi Watanabe (voice) (as Taro Arakawa)
Takeshi Kusao ... Kai (voice)
Kazumi Tanaka Kazumi Tanaka ... Army (voice)
Masayuki Katô Masayuki Katô ... Engineer Sakiyama / Committe D (voice) (as Masayuki Kato)
Yôsuke Akimoto Yôsuke Akimoto ... Harukiya Bartender (voice) (as Yosuke Akimoto)
Masato Hirano Masato Hirano ... Committee F / Spy / Yûji Takeyama / Terrorist (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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Taglines:

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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Details

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:

$577,594
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Conrad Vernon and Cody Cameron the directors of a 2001 re-released English dub have also worked together in the Shrek films where they voiced Gingy, Pinocchio, and the three pigs and Madagascar (2005) where they voiced Mason the Chimpanzee and Willie the Bamboo Lemur as well as animated films from Columbia Pictures Cameron became a current studio member at Sony Animation since their first film Open Season (2006) and Vernon worked on Sausage Party (2016) which like this film was also given an R rating in the US additionally Vernon and Cameron later worked on The Emoji Movie (2017) in which Vernon was the director whilst Cameron was one of the producers. See more »

Goofs

Kai's socks appear to change color a number of times throughout the film, often from shot to shot within the same scene. See more »

Quotes

Col. Shikishima: It's a soldier's duty. You wouldn't understand.
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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

Starting with the 2001 DVD the 5.1 remix of the original Japanese language version contained several alterations to the music throughout and replaced some of the sound effects. The 2009 Hypersonic remix created for the first Blu-ray release is taken from the same 2001 remix except contains even more changes to the music and sound effects. However, only the original 2009 Blu-ray from Bandai Visual contains the original 1988 stereo mix as a secondary option. All of the re-releases from Funmation only include the Hypersonic remix created back in 2009. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bento Monogatari (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Illusion
Performed by Geinoh Yamashirogumi
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It Is Violent
30 July 2019 | by kashtynandelSee all my reviews

So i love it! Not the usual. The story is complex and condensed for the sake of the movie and as such hard to understand. I recommend reading the source material first. Imagine how bad an American remake would be if they messed up Ghost In The Shell that much!!


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