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Akira (1988)
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Akira (1988) 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.

Movie Tagline:
Neo-Tokyo is about to E.X.P.L.O.D.E.

Also Known As:
Akira: The Special Edition

Title: Akira
Release Date: October 19, 1990
Runtime: 124 mins
Genre: Animation
All Genres: Animation, Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Languages: Japanese
Country: Japan
Colors: Color
Sound: 70 mm 6-Track, DTS, Dolby
IMDB Rating: 7.9
Buried.com Rating: 8.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With A

MPAA Rating: R

MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for graphic violence and brief nudity.

Katsuhiro Otomo

Mitsuo Iwata ...Shotaro Kaneda (voice)
Nozomu Sasaki ...Tetsuo Shima (voice)
Mami Koyama ...Kei (voice)
Tessho Genda ...Ryusaku (voice) (as Tetsusho Genda)
Hiroshi Otake ...Nezu (voice)
Koichi Kitamura ...Priestess Miyako / Council A (voice)
Michihiro Ikemizu ...Inspector / Council I (voice)
yuriko Fuchizaki ...Kaori (voice)
Masaaki Okura ...yamagata (voice)
Taro Arakawa ...Eiichi Watanabe / Council G / Army (voice)
Takeshi Kusao ...Kai (voice)
Kazumi Tanaka ...Army (voice)
Masayuki Kato ...Engineer Sakiyama / Council D (voice)
yosuke Akimoto ...Harukiya Bartender (voice)
Masato Hirano ...yuji Takeyama / Spy / Council F (voice)
yukimasa Kishino ...Mitsuru Kuwata / Terrorist / Assistant / Council...
Kazuhiro Kamifuji ...Masaru (No. 27) (voice) (as Kazuhiro Kando)
Tatsuhiko Nakamura ...Takashi (No. 26) (voice)
Fukue Ito ...Kiyoko (No. 25) (voice) (as Sachie Ito)
Issei Futamata ... (voice)
Kozo Shioya ...Follower of Miyako (voice)
Michitaka Kobayashi ... (voice)
Hideyuki Umezu ... (voice)
Satoru Inagaki ... (voice)
Kayoko Fujii ...Girl A (voice)
Masami Toyoshima ...Girl B (voice)
yuka Ono ...Girl C (voice) (as yuka Ohno)
Taro Ishida ...Colonel Shikishima (voice)
Mizuho Suzuki ...Doctor Onishi (voice)
Bob Bergen ...Masaru / Kai (voice: English version)

» [more cast members]

Haruyo Kanesaku
Shunzo Kato
James yosuke Kobayashi
yutaka Maseba
yoshimasa Mizuo
Sawako Noma
Ryohei Suzuki
Hiroe Tsukamoto

Katsuhiro Otomo
Izo Hashimoto
Katsuhiro Otomo

Shoji yamashiro

Akira Horror Film Trailer 1
Akira Horror Film Trailer 2

More Movie Taglines:
  • Neo-Tokyo is about to E.X.P.L.O.D.E.
  • The end of the world was only the beginning
Movie Quote(s):
  • The Colonel: It's a soldier's duty. You wouldn't understand.
  • Kei: Amoebas don't build houses and bridges, they only eat.
  • Kei: Amoebas don't make motorcycles and atomic bombs!
  • Tetsuo: Let's run away somewhere. Kaori: Where would we go? Tetsuo: Anywhere. Just the farther the better.
  • Kaneda: This has GOT to be a trap. Kei: Then go back. Kaneda: No. I just have to find how MUCH of it is a trap.
Movie Trivia:
  • This was one of the first Japanese anime films to have the character's voices recorded before they were animated. While this is the typical practice in U.S. animation, in Japan the animation is generally produced first.
  • The film was re-released in 2001 with a new voice dub and soundtrack, reportedly costing over $1 million US Dollars.
  • 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.
  • The music for the film was completed before any of the composers saw a frame of film or read the script. The music did have to be edited to fit some scenes though.
  • The production budget was nearly $10 Million US Dollars, a record sum in Japanese animation film.
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