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.
Warner Brothers has purchased the rights to the groundbreaking Anime movie to make it into a live-action film.
No real word on director/cast or any of that as of yet....
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The 1989 Streamline English dub plays fast and loose with the dialogue and is objectively the weaker of the two English dubs but the rough quality and comical turns of phrase (plus the legendary Cam Clarke playing Kaneda as a snot-nosed surfer type) at least guarantee some amusement, which is good since it's the version that tends to accompany film prints and thus provides lots of laughs in a theatrical context.
I'm not a huge fan of anime/manga but I do like the occasional film that I see Ninja Scroll being my favourite, and after hearing praise for Akira, the so called mother of all anime films, I had to see what all the fuss was about.