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Akira (2001)



Critic Consensus: Akira is distractingly bloody and violent, but its phenomenal animation and sheer kinetic energy helped set the standard for modern anime.

Movie Info

One of the best-known examples of contemporary Japanese animation, this cyberpunk adventure takes place in the post-apocalyptic city of Neo-Tokyo. A teen-age boy is exposed to a mysterious energy source and develops telekinetic powers that place him at the center of a conflict that may destroy the world.more
Rating: R (for graphic violence and brief nudity)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Animation, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Izou Hashimoto, Izo Hashimoto, Katsuhiro Ôtomo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 17, 2001
Streamline Pictures


Cameron Clarke
as Kaneda (Streamline E...
Mitsuo Iwara
as Kaneda (Japanese Ver...
Nozomu Sasaki
as Tetsuo (Japanese Ver...
Mami Koyama
as Kei (Japanese Versio...
Tarô Ishida
as The Colonel (Japanes...
Masaaki Ohkura
as Yamagata (Japanese V...
Tony Pope
as Yamagata (Streamline...
Barbara Goodson
as Kaori (Streamline En...
Yuriko Fuchizaki
as Kaori (Japanese Vers...
Yosuke Akimoto
as Store Owner (Japanes...
Yasuko Ohno
as Girl C (Japanese Ver...
Takeshi Kusao
as Kai (Japanese Versio...
Drew Thomas
as Ryu (Streamline Engl...
Sandra Fox
as Kiyoko (Streamline E...
Simon Prescott
as The Doctor (Animaze ...
Tatsuhiko Nakamura
as Takashi No. 26
Tony Pope
as Yamagata (Streamline...
Takeshi Kusao
as Kai (Japanese Versio...
Simon Prescott
as The Doctor (Animaze ...
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Critic Reviews for Akira

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (9)

Pounding away, it becomes monotonous.

Full Review… | April 10, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A compendium of the worst cliches of Japanese animation -- two hours of chases, laser attacks, machine-gun battles, spilled stage blood, computer-animated backgrounds and hokey dialogue.

Full Review… | April 10, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The movie, even at 124 minutes, has the densely packed sweep and go-for-it pep of a pop epic.

Full Review… | September 7, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Grade-school violence freaks may find a few kicks here, but even they may have trouble coping with this ugly movie's ending about eight separate times.

Full Review… | April 16, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A lavish animation extravaganza produced at a cost of $8 million, this futuristic exploration is a followup by author-director Katsuhiro Otomo to his tremendously popular comic books.

Full Review… | April 16, 2007
Top Critic

An impressive achievement, often suggesting a weird expressionist blend of 2001, The Warriors, Blade Runner and Forbidden Planet.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Akira

A landmark anime feature that paved the way for the medium's growing popularity outside of Japan and remains a significant influence in the sci-fi genre (this and "Ghost in the Shell" were key influences to the super-popular Matrix trilogy). At times it can be over-shadowed by it's excessive graphic violence and an exhaustingly drawn-out third act, but this adaptation of director Katsuhiro Otomo's 2000-page manga keeps up a kinetically-energetic pace that simply has you holding on for dear life throughout. Plus, the hand-drawn cell animation remains a wonder to behold even 25 years later and still holds a candle to even modern contemporary anime efforts.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

Government experiments turn a punk biker into a raging telekinetic maniac who trashes the depraved future city of Neo Tokyo. Never mind the plot, this groundbreaking anime is a neon feast of ultraviolence, hallucination and destruction; the Japanese have been trying to remake this gory cyberpunk classic for over two decades now, but nothing really matches the original.

Greg S

Super Reviewer


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Akira Quotes

Tetsuo (Japanese Version): Kaneda!
Kaneda (Japanese Version): That's Mr. Kaneda to you, punk!
– Submitted by Matthew D (2 years ago)
Tetsuo (Japanese Version): I am Tetsuo.
– Submitted by Matthew D (2 years ago)
Kai (Japanese Version): WAAAAAAAAH?! KANADAAAAAAA! YOUR'RE ALIVE! I thought you were there, I thought your're in there for sure.
– Submitted by Jack Z (3 years ago)
Yamagata (Japanese Version): Yeah Right! Drink your dog piss?
– Submitted by Danny M (3 years ago)

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