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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 »


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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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Budget:

JPY 1,100,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$553,171
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Trivia

The scene in which Tetsuo flies up into outer space to destroy the satellite is very scientifically accurate in the sense that there's little to no noise once he leaves Earth, due to the fact that there's no medium for which sound to travel through in space that's audible to the human ear because it's a vacuum (with few exceptions given the right circumstances, such as someone hearing the muffled sounds of something touching or hitting the exterior of their ship or space suit). This is very impressive for a sci-fi animated film from 1988, seeing as how live action movies like Gravity (2013) and Interstellar (2014) have only recently begun paying more noticeable attention to that technical aspect of space almost three decades later. See more »

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In a long shot of Nezu discussing Kaneda's usefulness to the resistance movement with Ryu, a passing-by couple appears to be walking towards the same set of steps that Nezu and Ryu are about to descend. However, in the next shot, the couple is walking up a flight of steps on the other side of Nezu and Ryu. See more »

Quotes

Yamagata: What the hell are you talking about; you look like a damn crack head?
Yamagata: Talk sense, what happened here; did you notice that the owner's dead?
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Crazy Credits

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

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Exodus From the Underground Fortress
Performed by Geinoh Yamashirogumi
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A Masterpiece of Epic Proportion.
11 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

Visually Astonishing, Dark and Original is what best describes Katshuiro Otomo's Masterpiece `AKIRA'. Now here is an animated film that is way ahead of his time, the film was released in 1988 even before Disney created computer FX's in their animated features. AKIRA is one of my favorite movies of all time it has beautiful visuals, great animation, an extraordinary story and a wicked soundtrack. I have read the entire AKIRA manga comics and yes it makes the movie that much easier to understand but with the new DVD edition which contains the correct dubbed version that allows the viewer to understand the film a little easier. I first saw AKIRA back in 1994 when I was 14 years old and ever since then I have collected great anime, at first I was confused but yet intrigued and consumed by the plot, I wanted to know what the story was about. Finally after 4 times viewing the film I understood the plot and the message Otomo wanted to deliver in this feature. The story is fascinating it takes place in the future in the city of NEO-TOKYO were citizens live in a constant chaos of an urban revolution, while the youth lives reckless on the dark streets gathering in bike gangs the government proceeds with the so called `akira project'; a mayor step in scientific discovery based on human energy.

AKIRA is a movie about betrayal, love, loyalty, anger, and fiction. For those who do not understand it is a movie about the universe and how us humans connect with it, we use about 11% of our brains but what if we were able to use 40% or even 100% of it, what then? And what if some of that percentage was damaged by hate, depression, or anger, this is the case of TETSUO who is the center character of this film. The possibilities are far from anything we can imagine, `AKIRA' provides a fictional possibility that self energy exists within all of us and that is just as delicate as it is powerful.

This is an epic proportion animated feature, the action sequences are creatively amazing, the plot is very intriguing, dark and character driven like no other film. It is one of a kind and even after 14 years we have yet to see anything like it whether is an animated or a feature film.


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