Akira (2001)
Neo-Tokyo is about to E.X.P.L.O.D.E.
IMDb Rating 7.8 (31,466 votes)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Mitsuo Iwata Shôtarô Kaneda
Nozomu Sasaki Tetsuo Shima
Mami Koyama Kei
Tesshô Genda Ryûsaku
Hiroshi Ôtake Nezu
Kôichi Kitamura Priestess Miyako
Michihiro Ikemizu Inspector
Yuriko Fuchizaki Kaori
Masaaki Ôkura Yamagata
Tarô Arakawa Eiichi Watanabe
After Tokyo was destroyed in a mysterious blast in 1988, the elaborate city of Neo-Tokyo was built on its ruins. By 2019, Neo-Tokyo has been divided between a powerful and wealthy upper class and the violent punks and motorcycle gangs who haunt its slums. When the members of one gang attempt to strike back at the arrogant lords of the city, they unleash a wider and more destructive conflict than they anticipated. Neo-Tokyo is destroyed in another conflagration, but a new city will arise on its ruins, like a phoenix from its ashes.

It's not always easy to tell the thuggish characters in Akira apart, but the emphasis is on expertly cut motorcycle chases and violent gun battles, rather than nuanced performances. The striking, dystopic designs reflect the influence of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, an interesting example of cultural cross-pollination. Akira defines anime for many Americans and is the object of an extremely loyal cult following. Uninitiated viewers may find the two-hour length of this animated epic a bit daunting and choose to watch it in sections. --Charles Solomon

Movie Details
Genre Action; Animation; Comic
Geneon Entertainment USA
Movie Release Date 7/24/2001
Country   USA
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
User Text 1 Graphic violence and brief nudity.
Running Time 124 mins
Color Color
Features Features Not Specified
Director Katsuhiro Ôtomo; Katsuhiro Otomo
Writer Izo Hashimoto; Katsuhiro Otomo; Katsuhiro Ôtomo; Izô Hashimoto
Cinematography Katsuji Misawa
Producer Shunzo Kato; Ryohei Suzuki; Haruyo Kanesaku
User Credit 1 Takeshi Seyama
Musician Shoji Yamashiro
Edition Details
Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.78:1
Format DVD
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
Barcode 013023153899
Release Date 7/24/2001
Subtitles English
Packaging Custom Case
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 4.0
Japanese Dolby Digital 4.0
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 163
Collection Status In Collection
Tags Urban Decay, Ultraviolence, Inferiority Complex, Surrealism, Japanese
Also Known As:
Akira: The Special Edition (USA) (reissue title)

At one point in the 1990s, Sony contemplated a live-action version of the film, but scrapped the idea when the projected budget went north of US$300 million. (more)

Continuity: When the camera is far away from Akira's capsule, the nameplate is in katakana (a Japanese alphabet). When Tetsuo walks closer, it has mystically been translated to Romaji (English) characters. (more)

Kei: Amoebas don't build houses and bridges, they only eat. (more)

1 win (more)

Movie Connections:
References The Shining (1980) (more)

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