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.
The most expensive animated feature ever made in Japan... and it s easily the most impressive, as well.
Easily the most breathtaking and kinetic anime ever made.
A phenomenal work of animation with all the hallmarks of an instant cult classic.
An impressive achievement, often suggesting a weird expressionist blend of 2001, The Warriors, Blade Runner and Forbidden Planet.
A lavish animation extravaganza produced at a cost of $8 million, this futuristic exploration is a followup by author-director Katsuhiro Otomo to his tremendously popular comic books.
Grade-school violence freaks may find a few kicks here, but even they may have trouble coping with this ugly movie s ending about eight separate times.
The movie, even at 124 minutes, has the densely packed sweep and go-for-it pep of a pop epic.
A compendium of the worst cliches of Japanese animation -- two hours of chases, laser attacks, machine-gun battles, spilled stage blood, computer-animated backgrounds and hokey dialogue.
Pounding away, it becomes monotonous.