All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
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!”
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…
Oh, oh, oh. Where do I even start? How each scene is so meticulously set up? How each rock, each debris, each tiny detail is drawn to perfection? How the film depicts life in neo-tokyo without a single line of exposition, yet the viewers can still grasp the idea as if they've been living there for years? This is a film that should be studied down to every frame by anyone who has even the slightest interest in animation.
Akira literally rocks. I started watching while sitting in an upright position, but when the credits rolled I realized I was hanging on the ceiling fan. Not a surprise, for a film that starts with a nuclear explosion.
Hold your jaw.
#83 AKIRA - Really great dystopian action sci fi. Some very cool and super disturbing imagery. #DLMChallenge #366Movies #366Days
Well... it made more sense than 2001: A Space Odyssey.
I'm not Anime expert, but I do enjoy when Anime films transcend the typical clichés. Those being overstuffed, incoherent plots, undeveloped characters, unnecessary violence, cool imagery for the sake of cool imagery, characters who shout each others names as they fire "energy" or something at each other...
And, well, at least now I have a new appreciation for where those clichés come from.
how much I like it (50): 42
how good it is (50): 44
overall (100): 86
It's surprising that this movie was made in 1988 because the anime and the animation is excellent, although it has the style of that time. The story for a first time viewer can be challenging to follow but when you analyze it, you will find a very rewarding meaning of the film that touches many themes and topics.
I find asian cinema very fascinating. There is not a lot explained in words but then everything has its meaning. As a westerner I have the tendency of wanting explanations from movies. I'm also a person that very heavily relies on the stories. So that is why I have little bit reservation about this movie. It is certainly amazing and the animation is just brilliant. The world is fascinating and I certainly recognised some of the influential stuff. I just wish I would understand the world better but i do know that this is totally my fault and not the movies.
Too cool for a body
It is easy to forget that until the 1990s quality animé was pretty hard to find outside Japan. Akira would reach Western cinema's in a wider release around 1991. I distinctly remember leaving the theatre a changed man. The film starts off as a dystopian adventure following a young motorcycle gang in Neo-Tokyo during some hyper-kinetic and beautifully drawn scenes. But after 20 minutes or so things turn really weird with some intricate plotting and outrageous scenes that possess a psychedelic intensity. The calm ending after all the mayhem is mysterious, even spiritual.
Akira served as a gateway to other masterpieces of animé like Ghost in the Shell and the great works of Miyazaki but still remains hard to top after all these years.
(Part of 25 reviews of my favourite films of all time)
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