Tokyo has been destroyed by a nuclear explosion. Now, in
2019, the city is reborn as Neo-Tokyo. Here gangs of bored
teenagers spend there evenings running from the law and picking
each other off. One gang member is involved in an accident
which triggers dormant psychokinetic abilities that look set
to destroy Neo-Tokyo if he isn't brought under control...
most famous movie to emerge out of the Manga pen finally makes
it way to DVD. But was the wait for Akira worth it?
a word yes. The print has been scrubbed up nicely and there
are a number of extras worthy of mention - although whether
they warrant two discs is questionable. There are a total
of three Easter eggs, (which I won't spoil for you) a making
of featurette and a pretty pointless make your own trailer
movie itself holds up to repeated viewing and the mere fact
that anyone attempted to squeeze Katsukiro Otomo's original
comic epic into two-hours worth of celluloid is remarkable.
As such there are a number of things which have been left
out of the movie. The most significant is the appearance (or
almost lack of) of Akira, who only turns up at the very end
of the movie.
is still the finest Manga movie in my opinion and is a must
own for all serious fans of the genre, or anyone who enjoys
great story telling.
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