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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.

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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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Taglines:

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

Runtime:

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

Joe Ranft's only time doing dubbed work and only R-rated project when he was still alive all the other projects he worked on were American and were either rated G or PG (and PG-13 in the case of the live action film Monkeybone (2001)). See more »

Goofs

The rank insignia on the Colonel's uniform changes from 2 stars to 3 stars in some shots. See more »

Quotes

Kaneda (1988 Streamline Pictures dub): That's enough, Tetsuo! Are you tryin' to kill him?
Tetsuo (1988 Streamline Pictures dub): You got it! I gotta wipe this guy all over the street!
Kaneda (1988 Streamline Pictures dub): Get a hold of yourself! You start by stealin' my bike and run it into the ground, so just cool it, okay?
Tetsuo (1988 Streamline Pictures dub): Enough! They can't do this!
Kaneda (1988 Streamline Pictures dub): Hey, we were worried about you!
Tetsuo (1988 Streamline Pictures dub): I wish you'd go away and leave me alone!
Kaneda (1988 Streamline Pictures dub): What?
Tetsuo (1988 Streamline Pictures dub): You think I'm a loser! It's not my fault I was smaller! Well, there'll come a day when I'll show all of you! Don't you forget it!
Kaori: Tetsuo...
Tetsuo (1988 Streamline Pictures dub): Go away and leave me alone!
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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

2001 re-release of the English language includes a new English dub script and voice cast. See more »

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Referenced in Final Fantasy VII (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Requiem
Performed by Geinoh Yamashirogumi
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Great Animation Film
22 September 2004 | by prod74See all my reviews

I only recently watched Akira (though I have heard a lot about it) and I must say I am impressed (so much that I bought the DVD). This is, beyond any doubt, one of the best animated films in existence. Visually impressive, solid direction, with a compelling story (if a little complicated), just the right amount of character development, good and very appropriate soundtrack and an extensively detailed New Tokyo, Akira manages to be as groundbreaking as it was when it was first released.

It's only drawback is that most people (including me) will probably have to watch it again (and again maybe) to completely understand the full story. Highly recommended (especially to anime fans). I give it 8 out of 10.


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