A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
chicken soup for my cyberpunk soul
It was a pretty weird movie, and it took a direction that I did not expect, much like Ghost in the Shell. Also the antagonist was a massive dick, which I couldn’t stop thinking about while watching the movie. Otherwise, it was an interesting movie with great animation.
Angsty teen things he's the center of the world. He's kinda right.
Ho ancora in testa quelle grida.
Così tanta inventiva, tematica e visiva, e tale qualità di disegno e animazione sopperiscono a qualsiasi buco di sceneggiatura (che in realtà sono "buchi di adattamento").
Se non ti piace ce li hai nel cervello, i buchi. //
I can still hear those screams in my head.
Impressive tematic and visual creativity and THE BEST possible quality in drawings and animation made me forgive the authors for every possible plot hole (that, in fact, are "adaptation holes").
If you don't like it you've got them in your brains, the holes.
Akirais a poorly acted, sloppily plotted sci-fi adventure that is saved by some of the most stunning animation I've ever seen.
Akira is amazing. Oh my word, what an incredible anime. THIS is the R rated animated masterpiece people should be talking about. The soundtrack and animation is on point, giving off a feeling of punk rock and future dystopia that really gives off a nice tone for the entire film. I love the bike gang and their relationship and banter. I kinda wish the film focused more on it actually. I hear the Manga does so I might have to read those next Barnes and Noble trip. I do believe this story is super original and very fascinating, and it goes into deep and complex areas I honestly wasn't expecting. I do feel that some of the…
Mukashi mukashi, I had a little motorbike toy that I adored and it looked exactly like Kaneda's bike. For so many years this film influenced me subconsciously. It was a dreamlike experience.
So...no 2020 Olympics? :(
I watched this film because I can no longer stand the excessive Akira reference in a forum I usually visit. It was mainly the "TETSUOOOO" "KANEDAAAA" one.
Akira is amazing! I had the same feeling watching Neon Genesis Evangelion when I watched Akira. Both are different, but both have messed up worlds. It also reminded me a lot of Paprika and Shin Sekai Yori.
I can't comment about the underlying political elements, or anything serious for that matter. I was so busy hating on Tetsuo. I'll have to watch this movie again with someone.
Movies that embrace an 80's-ish tone with synth or Vaporwave soundtracks or a neon aesthetic.
Suggestions are welcome of course.
Stranger Things, or Weird Shit as I like to call it, contains many homages to '80s genre films much to…