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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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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

Katsuhiro Ôtomo did not intend to adapt the series outside of the manga. However, he became 'very intrigued' when the offer to develop his work for the screen was put before him. He agreed to an anime film adaptation of the series on the grounds that he retained creative control of the project - this insistence was based on his experiences working on Harmagedon: Genma taisen (1983). See more »

Goofs

During the Streamline Pictures dub, Takashi tells Tetsuo that if and when he awakens Akira, "no one can stop us". This incorrectly implies that the espers want to cause destruction alongside Akira. This error does not apply to the Japanese version or the Pioneer dub, where Takashi says that no one will "stop him" (referring to Akira). See more »

Quotes

Tetsuo: What did you people do to my head?
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Training Wheels (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Exodus From the Underground Fortress
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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