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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Neo-Tokyo is about to E.X.P.L.O.D.E. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Despite Kaneda being older than Tetsuo, both English dub voice actors for Tetsuo, Jan Rabson and Joshua Seth are older than Cam Clarke and Johnny Yong Bosch the voice actors for Kaneda. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, in the street bar, the sign on the jukebox changes from "MASTAR" to "MASTER" between shots. See more »

Quotes

Tetsuo (1988 Streamline Pictures dub): Heh, heh... what's happening to me? I must be dreaming. Bitchin'. I feel like I can take out the world today.
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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 Madman Entertainment DVD and Blu-ray releases of this movie in Australia contain both English audio tracks in addition to the original Japanese track. The DVD version is also THX certified. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Ring Two (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Tokyo Shoeshine Boy
Performed by Teruko Akatsuki
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Great Animation, But Not For Everybody
22 December 2019 | by zznwaejvSee all my reviews

Let me be frank that while I own this DVD and watch it often this is not something that is for the masses. It certainly takes some background reading and investigation and multiple viewing before it begins to make sense.

However, once one understands and given the visuals it is impressive.

I also know that a Hollywood studio is making a live action film out of this to take advantage of Akira's popularity. It will be a failure. I will not be there to watch it and I am a fan.


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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:

$2,533,908
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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