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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)
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

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Signal Traced to Tokyo! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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:

$577,594
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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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Trivia

This was the highest grossing film of 1988. See more »

Goofs

When Kaneda shoots Tetsuo, the laser makes a hole in Tetsuo's shirt. After Kaneda fails to shoot him again, the hole vanishes. See more »

Quotes

Kay: Amoebas don't make motorcycles and atomic bombs!
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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 »

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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Animated Movies for Adults (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Winds Over Neo-Tokyo
Performed by Geinoh Yamashirogumi
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User Reviews

Be careful with this film.
16 January 1999 | by Ryuji-2See 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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