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!?

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.
Akira
Directed byKatsuhiro Otomo
Produced by
  • Ryōhei Suzuki
  • Shunzō Katō
Screenplay by
  • Katsuhiro Otomo
  • Izō Hashimoto
Based onAkira 
by Katsuhiro Otomo
Starring
  • Mitsuo Iwata
  • Nozomu Sasaki
  • Mami Koyama
  • Taro Ishida
  • Mizuho Suzuki
  • Tetsusho Genda
Music byShoji Yamashiro
CinematographyKatsuji Misawa
Edited byTakeshi Seyama
Production
company
Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Distributed byToho
Release dates
  • 16 July 1988 (1988-07-16)
Running time
121 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Budget¥1.1 billion ($11 million)
Box office¥750,000,000 (Japan)
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