Akira

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

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In 1988 the Japanese government drops an atomic bomb on Tokyo after ESP experiments on children go awry. In 2019, 31 years after nuking the city, Kaneda, a bike gang leader, tries to save his friend Tetsuo from a secret government project. He battles against anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader until Tetsuo's supernatural power suddenly manifest. A final battle is fought in Tokyo Olympiad exposing the experiment's secrets.

Cast & Crew

Mitsuo Iwata
Shôtarô Kaneda
Voice
Nozomu Sasaki
Tetsuo Shima
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Tessho Genda
Ryûsaku
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Kôichi Kitamura
Priestess Miyako, Council A
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Sawako Noma
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Shoji Yamashiro
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Katsuji Misawa
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Kuzuo Ebisawa
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Yuji Ikehata
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Koji Ono
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Critic Reviews for Akira

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (5)

  • Akira's strangeness is very startling and sometimes bewildering. But there is a thanatonic rapture to its vision of a whole world ending and being reborn as something else.

    October 8, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • While its typically convoluted sci-fi plotting and sprawling ensemble of characters occasionally lead it to border on the incoherent, it's hard not to be in awe of the giant hand-drawn cityscapes that make up the backdrop for the eye-popping action.

    July 18, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Pounding away, it becomes monotonous.

    April 10, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Put it up there with the most astonishing animated features ever made.

    June 24, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
  • Style and substance run neck and neck in this thrilling, bold landmark film that just refuses to become dated.

    June 23, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • The movie, even at 124 minutes, has the densely packed sweep and go-for-it pep of a pop epic.

    September 7, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Akira

  • Jul 02, 2019
    Original and dark film that will sit with you long after it concludes. Visually stunning film that leaves most films for dead. Cerebral filmmaking that is still one of the most interesting films ever created. I'm happy I found this and sad it took so long. This deserves all the recognition it garnered. I'm hoping an upcoming remake can recapture the ambition here, but I'm a little sceptical it can be done. 17/06/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2016
    Dazzling, frenetic, audacious and insane. This movie gave me at least half a dozen things I had never seen in my life. You feel kind of dazed and blinded when it's over. My partner tells me that the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion is even better and darker than Akira though... to which I replied "How the heck can it be darker than this?!"
    Letitia L Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2016
    I loved and enjoyed the manga. Looks iconic and inpressing.
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 05, 2015
    "Akira" is a lot of fun, thanks to dazzling animation and some seriously entertaining attitude.
    Joshua H Super Reviewer

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