Synopsis: In 1988, the landmark Anime film AKIRA, by director Katsuhiro Otomo, defined the cutting edge of Anime around the world. by today's standards, AKIRA remains a landmark achievement in cel animation and retains the explosive impact of its highly detailed animation and its intensely violent saga of power and corruption. Pioneer Entertainment proudly presents this classic film, completely restored and digitally re-mastered.
Rating:R For Graphic Violence and Brief Nudity.
Run Time:124 min
Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo
Dvd Extra's: Languages: English or Japanese. Subtitles: English. Capsule Option - English Translation of Graffiti.
Nudity Factor: Animated Nudity of Breasts
Of Note: The movie consists of 2,212 shots and 160,000 single pictures, 2-3 times more than usual, using 327 different colors (another record in animation film), 50 of which were exclusively created for the film. The reason for this statistic is that most of the movie takes place at night, a setting that is traditionally avoided by animators because of the increased color requirements.
Recommendations: 28 Days Later
So this is the movie that brought Japanese Animation to the main stream. I guess the viewing audience saw something that I missed. I didn't really care for this movie from a writing aspect. I don't have a problem with the animation but the story just was not something that I cared for. Maybe some important details didn't transfer well to the English language. The only people that will really like this are people that like Japanese animation and most likely they have already watched this. If you are curious about Japanese animation this is the place to start but please be sure to check out other Japanese Animation as I don't personally think this is the best it has to offer. Overall I wouldn't waste your time on it.