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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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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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38 years after World War III... 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:

JPY 1,100,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$553,171

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$80,000,000
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The computer sounds, which can be heard during Tetsuo's body scan, were taken from the MU-TH-UR computer in Alien (1979). See more »

Goofs

When the MPAA gave the film an R rating in 2001 for "graphic violence and brief nudity", they forgot about the profanity in the English dub. See more »

Quotes

Kai (2001 Pioneer dub): Something seemed strange the second I saw his face. It's odd. He was wearing what looked like a white hospital gown. He acted like a different person. Yamagata asked him if he was really Tetsuo or if he was someone else.
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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

Due to complaints about no 5.1 version on the special edition DVD, Pioneer remixed the film into a DTS 5.1 soundtrack and released it as a separate movie-only DVD. See more »

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Soundtracks

Tokyo Shoeshine Boy
Performed by Teruko Akatsuki
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User Reviews

 
Every Anime fan have to start from a certain place.
22 December 2005 | by Kore-OSee all my reviews

I was probably around 8, when I first saw Akira. It was my step dad who asked me if I was interested in watching this Japanese cartoon. I expected something like, my favorite children movies like The Lion King or The Land before Time.

Akira however, was something else. At the time I was to young to understand English, since it was a second language for me. But I remember what kind of an affect it had on me. It was brutal, it was hard, it was edgy. The drums and Neo Tokyo lights flew through my little body as butter, as I witnessed death, gore and sadistic killings. Something my pure and innocent eyes had never seen before. And yet I was strangely excited. I was never tough as a kid. I was a afraid of the dark and often had nightmares about all kinds of things. But Akira, despite it's mature nature, just had me in awe. When I finally re-saw it many years later, when I was an old teenager, I was still in awe.

Akira is simply a wonderful and entertaining sci-fi movie. It was what introduced me to anime, and innovation in a hole new way. If you want to start watching anime or see, what all the fuss is about, then Akira is a good place to start. Even though it's over 17 years old today, it is still a fantastic and visually stunning animation. Even if you don't appreciate animation you owe it to yourself, to check it out. It has spectacular action, motorcycle-chase-sequences, mad scientists and tons of blood and shooting.

8/10


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