My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ( 5/5 stars )
Length: 2h 5m
87% Rotten Tomatoes
Based on Manga by Katsuhira Otomo & contains a condensed plot with less characters than the manga.
Post-Apocalyptic/ Apocalyptic, Cyberpunk, Political
Deals with themes of: Social Isolation, Corruption, Power
Available in Sub & Dub. on HULU
This film revolutionized anime. It was the first to prerecord dialogue, i a time when animation would stay still and the mouth would move. The lines were recorded, then the animation was made, to match the words. The film even used computer generated imagery to outline where falling debri would be and help animation bes fluid.
The visuals linger in your mind. This is considered one of the greatest movies of all time. It was a film ahead of its time. The animation, to this day, is superb. This film greatly influenced modern films (animated and live action), t.v., & anime around the globe. The beginning, well, it alone had not been seen before. Wondering what modern film was greatly influenced by AKIRA? The Matrix, for one.
I have watched this film many times over the years. Every time I watch it I am immediately immersed. Something I love about the film is that each time I watch it, reactions seem real, the background (buildings and lights) have real world lighting – oh my. My favorite non-main character is the waitress.
You may need to watch this film couple of times to understand what is going on.
IMDb PLOT SUMMARY:
A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop. (124 mins.)
Google Film Synopses:
In 1988 the Japanese government drops an atomic bomb on Tokyo after ESP experiments on children go awry. In 2019, 31 years after the nuking of the city, Kaneda, a bike gang leader, tries to save his friend Tetsuo from a secret government project. He battles anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader until Tetsuo’s supernatural powers suddenly manifest. A final battle is fought in Tokyo Olympiad exposing the experiment’s secrets.