Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Length: 124 minutes
"World War III breaks loose. Then in 2019, in megalopolis Tokyo...
As the leader of a group of young delinquents, Kaneda spends his nights tearing through the urban wastes, racing his motorbike against rival groups. One night, while riding with his gang, his friend Tetsuo suddenly encounters a strange boy - a product of human experimentation - and is injured in the ensuing crash. Shortly thereafter, a military squadron appears on the scene to take the boy and Tetsuo away to an army research lab.
Determined to free Tetsuo from captivity, Kaneda sneaks into the lab. However, a regimen of extreme experimental procedures has awakened a new power in his friend, and he is now consumed by madness..."
Hard to believe that it's now been 25 years since Akira came out. This is the 25th anniversary edition that has been remastered into Blu-ray format. The story of Akira is a classic one of two friends, Kaneda and Tetsuo, who end up becoming enemies as one is consumed by a supernatural power and decides to use it to reign death down on everyone. The amazing attention to detail, intriguing characters, and violent action scenes have kept Akira alive as one of the all-time anime masterpieces. If you're a fan of the genre, then you should see this movie at least once if not more!
Akira is definitely an amazing movie, but it does have its faults. That mainly lies in the plot. What caused WW3? How did the top secret projects start? What happened to Akira? And a lot of other questions abound but are never answered. This is circumvented a bit by a clean opening and ending which doesn't leave much room for discussion.
The remastering into Blu-ray was done amazingly. The previous remastering from back in 2001 with the audio is used alongside the great visuals. I watched it in Japanese on VHS a long time back, but the English voice casting is so great that I've got no reason to now! The music from the movie really draws out the emotions and feelings of everything as well. The futuristic techno, punkish music is incredibly unique even today.
Tons of extras included on this version including trailers, storyboards, director interviews, documentaries on remastering the movie, and even the story behind every song for the movie are on here. Overall, there's over an hour and a half of bonus features to watch as well. Really recommend it if you enjoy the history of things.