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|A secret military project endangers neo-tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psionic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psionics can stop.|
"An impressive achievement, often suggesting a weird expressionist blend of 2001, The Warriors, Blade Runner and Forbidden Planet. Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A phenomenal work of animation with all the hallmarks of an instant cult classic. Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Simply put, no Akira, no Matrix. It's that important. Kim Newman, Empire
"...some kind of fever-dream masterpiece, easily the most breathtaking and kinetic anime ever made... Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice
"A furious spectacle of lush colors and dynamic movement. Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"...moves with such kinetic energy that you'll be hanging on for dear life... Richard Harrington, The Washington Post
Editor's NoteA landmark film that introduced much of the Western world to modern animé, AKIRA is a marvel of modern animation. Based on Katsuhiro Otomo's 2,000 page manga, AKIRA begins on July 16, 1988, when what was believed to be an atomic bomb was dropped on Tokyo, completely destroying the city and marking the beginning of WWIII. Thirty-one years later, Neo-Tokyo has sprung from the ruins of the old city and is experiencing a prolonged period of civil unrest caused by student uprisings, political instability, and, most destructively, biker gangs. One of the members of these biker gangs, Tetsuo, is detained by the military after a near accident with a strange young boy. After recognizing innate psychic ability in him, the military begins using Tetsuo as a test subject to channel Akira, a source of unimaginable power and the cause of the explosion that destroyed the original Tokyo. However, the military's plan backfires, and instead of locating the source of Akira's power, Tetsuo becomes a medium for it. Endowed with incredible psychic powers that make every one of his destructive impulses a reality, Tetsuo begins to go on a rampage that threatens to completely annihilate Neo Tokyo. Combining a complex science-fiction universe with intricately detailed animation and phantasmagoric images, AKIRA is a stunning visual experience and a disturbing vision of the future.
Cast & Crew
|Ryohei Suzuki - Producer|
|Shunzo Kato - Producer|
|Katsuhiro Otomo - Source Writer|
|Izou Hashimoto - Screenwriter|
|Katsuhiro Otomo - Producer|
|Sawako Noma - Producer|
|Katsuhiro Otomo - Director|
Customer Reviews of Akira (Blu Ray)
Akira is one of those films that you never forget. The images are extremely powerful and graphic, so that they stick with you long after the film is over. Despite its sometimes-confusing plot line, this movie is a wonderfully written, chilling look into the future, and into humanity as a whole. The film more or less centers around a teenage biker gang in Neo-Tokyo, thirty-years after World War III.
The Grand Exalted Poobah12/8/2012
'Akira' is an example of the power of animation, so finely grained that, wherever the eye rests, there is something to consider. While it still relies on non-stop action to carry it through, the characters, drawn from the dark side of the city are equally vivid. One simply needs to ride with the action, and things gradually become clear.