On December 6, 1982, an apparent nuclear explosion destroys Tokyo and starts World War III. By 2019, a new city called Neo-Tokyo has been built on an artificial island in Tokyo Bay, but is gripped by anti-government terrorism and gang violence. While riding in the ruins of old Tokyo, Tetsuo, a member of the bōsōzoku gang led by Kaneda, is injured when his bike explodes after Takashi—a child Esper with wizened features—blocks his path.
This incident awakens psychic powers in Tetsuo, attracting the attention of a secret government project directed by the Colonel. These increasing powers unhinge Tetsuo’s mind, exacerbating his inferiority complex about Kaneda and leading him to assume leadership of the rival Clown gang.
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You want me to enroll in that kindergarden and live happily ever after, huh?! “Be quiet, do what you’re told, take your medicine every day” and end up all shriveled like those kids!?
|Directed by||Katsuhiro Otomo|
|Based on||Akira |
by Katsuhiro Otomo
|Music by||Shoji Yamashiro|
|Edited by||Takeshi Seyama|
Tokyo Movie Shinsha
|Budget||¥1.1 billion ($11 million)|
|Box office||¥750,000,000 (Japan)|