DVD 124 mins IMDB
R (Restricted)
Akira
Pioneer (1988)
In Collection
#83

Seen It:
Yes
Anime, Science Fiction, Action
Japan  /  Japanese

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

Director Katsuhiro Otomo
Producer Shunzo Kato; Ryohei Suzuki
Writer Izo Hashimoto; Katsuhiro Otomo
Cinematography Katsuji Misawa
Musician Shoji Yamashiro

Akira is a Japanese cyberpunk anime focusing on the relationships between groups of disaffected teenagers who spend most of their time fighting each other in motorcycle gangs. With copious drug references, some heavy postapocalyptic sci-fi and allusions to military conspiracies that are never fully explained, the film is tailor made for cult classic status, which is exactly what it has achieved. Without spoiling anything, it should be said that the movie feels somewhat confusing and incomplete for a very good reason: it is incomplete. The manga on which Akira is based, appropriately also titled Akira, spans several volumes hundreds of pages long, while the film is adapted only from the first volume.

Edition Details
Edition Signature Series
Barcode 013023214590
Region Region 1
Release Date 1/6/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Fullscreen (4:3)
Subtitles English
Audio Tracks SUB [English]
Dolby Digital 4.0 [English]
Dolby Digital 4.0 [Japanese]
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Features
Scene Access Capsule Option - English translation of graffiti