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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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The end of the world was only the beginning See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Katsuhiro Ôtomo originally created the AKIRA manga as an homage to manga artist Mitsuteru Yokoyama, who created Tetsujin nijûhachi-go (1963) (Tetsujin 28). Both AKIRA and Tetsujin 28 have a main character named Shotaro Kaneda and Akira's no. 28 designation compares with the robot's no.28 designation. See more »

Goofs

When the Clown biker is thrown through the window of the diner in the opening chase scene, the stack order of the animation cels changes for a couple frames (look for the curtains in the background briefly appearing in front of the fallen table in the foreground). See more »

Quotes

Yamagata: [Glancing at the bar tender's corpse] Kai was right you did this didn't you!
Tetsuo: All you're good for now is telling me where Kaneda's bike is
Yamagata: Tetsuo!
Tetsuo: It's a piece of shit anyway.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The 2001 version also includes a restoration credits roll. The credits are set to the music at the mall where the terrorist bombing occurs. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Spaced (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Battle Against Clown
Performed by Geinoh Yamashirogumi
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User Reviews

 
Scary.... American remakers That Is!
13 July 2019 | by landreeshahidSee all my reviews

Akira is great. I have been watching ot every years for 30 years or so and honestly it still holds up, One has to watch it more than once to get it. The ride is well worth it. Scary part is the Hollywood remake machine has found it. I cannot wait for the toned down, dumbed down, gender switch, franchise standard one-liners and fat twerking tattooed American 'women' to make an Appearance. And I am an American! Sigh!


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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:

$2,390,402
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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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