Movies that are slightly off.
Neo-Tokyo is about to E.X.P.L.O.D.E.
Childhood friends Tetsuo and Kaneda are pulled into the post-apocalyptic underworld of Neo-Tokyo and forced to fight for their very survival. Kaneda is a bike gang leader, and Tetsuo is a member of a tough motorcycle crew who becomes involved in a covert government project called Akira. But a bloody battle ensues when Kaneda sets out to save his friend.
Man, I watched this film so many times when I was younger.
In fact, you could say I watched A Keira Knightley.......
Thirteenth watch of Japanese July. A brief synopsis of Akira. It's 1988 and Tokio is destroyed. It’s 2019 and Neo-Tokyo is awesome. Kaneda yells: “Tetsuo!” Tetsuo yells: “Kaneda!” *Explosion* Tetsuo yells: “Kaneda!!” Kaneda yells: “Tetsuo!!” Some more beautiful animation. *Explosion* Kaneda yells: “Tetsuo!!!” Tetsuo yells: “Kaneda!!!” MIND BATTLE. Bodily mutations, so many bodily mutations. “Kaneda…” “Tetsuo!” *EXPLOSIONS* “Tetsuooooooooooooo!” MIND BATTLE. More stellar animation, yet another explosion, another mind battle and some more explosions. “Kanedaaaaaaaaaaaaa!”
An aggressive tour de force of influential animation, tangible world-building, inferiority complexes, biker gangs, giant teddy bears, and overwhelming sequences of violence. It stays burrowed in your psyche, ruining a certain, seemingly simple nerve and, in the blink of an eye, shifting perspective and rendering previous knowledge meaningless. Strangely enough, this is only the second time I've seen Akira, with the first being my "initiation" (age 11) via a dubbed VHS copy, but I can't imagine spending more than a year away from this film ever again. It's a horrifyingly grandiose tragedy piece, melding flesh and metal, revolutions and minuscule angst, mind and body, rubber and pavement into a Nuclear aftermath of neon and rubble. In spite of its countless influences (Metropolis, 2001, A Clockwork Orange to name a few), there's nothing quite like it.
Neo-Tokyo. A giant-ass explosion. A crotch-rocket battle with the Insane Clown Posse. Suicide by cop. Ryu without Ken. Weird looking kids with cool powers. Student riots. Fuck is fuck in any language. Super-powers that make Carrie look like a Telekinesis Smurf. Oh Kaneda. Anime boobs. A barkeep's last pour. A determined general. Blowing a lot of shit up. Showdown at the Olympic Stadium with your best friend. A huge fuckin teddy bear. Attack of the giant arm. Becoming something you sure as fuck never dreamed of. A wild-ass visual adventure that is a must see for anyone who is Anime-curious.
"The future is not a straight line. It is filled with many crossroads. There must be a future that we can choose for ourselves."
Akira is one of the most important Japanese animated films of all time, and not simply because of the technical landmark it achieved in hand-drawn animation. It is an attempt to speak about one of the most unspeakable tragedies in human history, and to deal with the nature of atomic power and with historical change as such. The narrative begins with an image of a massive explosion devastating the city of Tokyo, but while the location is different and a title card claims that this is the beginning of World War III, there's no mistaking the…
The future is not a straight line. It is filled with many crossroads.
Can't believe it, but Akira is creeping up on being 25 years old. The only thing I remember from my first viewing, which was over a decade ago at minimum estimate, is that I was blown away by something I didn't fully understand. While it's based off of a 2182 page manga, I'm guessing the plot was tinkered with, some things were condensed while others were completely cut. Watching it tonight, while the plot is dense, I would have never come to the conclusion on my own that it was based on such a large work.
I can't honestly say how many times I've viewed the…
This is a strange one. I was expecting to like this film a lot more, but it hasn't immediately clicked. I anticipate having a great appreciation for it, once I think more on it, but for now it remains as one of those films that were overhyped for me. I expected something that would strike me like Paprika or Ghost in the Shell did (more so the latter). I enjoyed about 2/3 of the film, before it got all strange. The end I can appreciate as a not-so-subtle nod to Kubrick's 2001: A Space Oddessy, but it felt overstated. I hope in reading further, I can develop more an appreciation for the film – an appreciation I recognize in my peers who seem to enjoy this film very much.
to be continued
Fantastic movie. Beautifully animated, epic in scale. Made me believe in God again. Or that I could be God. One of those things. Whatever that feeling is, it's great.
Akira continuar perfeito, mesmo depois de 28 anos, o meu filme favorito de animação japonesa.
Akira is an unrelenting whirlwind of violence and chaos. Refusing to calm its stampeding pace only until its transcendent conclusion, Akira still has the ability to reinvent the styling, complexity, and maturity of the anime genre even after this humble viewer finally watched it nearly 30 years after its debut. With intense visuals, fantastic characters, gripping thematic arcs and a subtle but stellar soundtrack, I can wholeheartedly recommend Akira to just about anyone. Whether you're a fan of anime, Japanese cinema, or even sci-fi as a whole, Akira is a stunning, unforgettable cinematic journey with a narrative as gripping as they come.
Kaneda really does sound like Canada in Japanese.
This was not at all what I was expecting. Akira surprised me in more ways than one. It being visually arresting helps elevate a bizarre and at times meandering plot. I can see why it is a classic nonetheless though.
I was fortunate enough to see this for the first time in a theater setting. I'm not sure if it was presented on film or not, but it looked incredible whatever it was. The colors used popped off the screen in a tremendous way and kept my attention for the entirety of its very long runtime.
I thought this was going to be a Japanese neo-noir future, but akin to Mad Max in story. I've seen the poster and some…
Convoluted, epic spectacle.
NEO-TOKYO IS ABOUT TO E.X.P.L.O.D.E.
First watch, very happy with what I saw. Initially I was ecstatic about the setting and the introduction of these characters. I was also blown away with how great the art style was. Then it went into this story involving these "weird" kids (trying to stay non-spoilery) and I was a bit let down that it's what the film was ultimately about. Granted this movie is hugely influential and at the time this was a really cool thing. It still is a pretty cool thing really.
But what elevates this movie from the cool and entertaining to truly great has to be the way the film doesn't shy away from violence or intense conflict and how far it goes with…
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…