AKIRA


AKIRA
   Animated film (1987). Akira Committee. Dir Katsuhiro OTOMO, from a screenplay by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, based on the graphic epic Akira (begun 1982) by Otomo. Animation studio: Asahi. Chief animator: Takashi Nakamura. 124 mins. Colour.
   A is the most successful attempt yet to transfer sophisticated, state-of-the-art comic-book graphics to the screen. Story-boarded in great detail by the comic's own creator, it is set in the teeming edginess of Neo-Tokyo in 2019. The convoluted story deals with two ex-orphanage kids in a biker gang, one tough and one a loser; the weaker one, Tetsuo, develops PSI POWERS, discovers the remnants of superbeing Akira stored at Absolute Zero below the Olympic Stadium, metamorphoses, and becomes (along with others with whom he melds) the seed of a new cosmos. The link between persecution, adolescent angst and psychic power seems to come straight from Theodore STURGEON's MORE THAN HUMAN (1953), and the opportunistic plotting draws also on Philip K.DICK, Ridley SCOTT's BLADE RUNNER and many other sources. Though A oscillates too extremely between bloody violence, sardonic cynicism (about scientists, the military, religious cults, politicians, terrorists) and dewy-eyed sentiment, and though the novelistic narrative - which despite weepy moments is rather low on human feeling - is unfolded awkwardly and at too great a length, much can be forgiven. Its sheer spectacle and the density and stylish choreography of its apocalyptic, CYBERPUNK ambience are unparalleled in cartoon films. See also: CINEMA; COMICS; JAPAN.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. . 2011.

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  • Akira — Акира Обложка DVD версии アキラ (яп.) Акира (неоф. рус.) Жанр сэйнэн, апокалиптика, психология …   Википедия

  • Akira — japanischer Name, Bedeutung: der Intelligente; auch ein Mädchenname. Namensträger: Akira Kurusawa, japanischer Filmregisseur …   Deutsch namen

  • Akira — n. male first name (Japanese) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Akira (Prénom) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Akira. Akira (hiragana: あきら) est un prénom japonais mixte. Ce prénom est fréquent. En Kanjis Pour écrire ce nom, on rencontre fréquemment les kanjis suivants: 明 (brillant), 晃 (clair), 章 (poème), 亨 (subir), 陽… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Akira (prenom) — Akira (prénom) Pour les articles homonymes, voir Akira. Akira (hiragana: あきら) est un prénom japonais mixte. Ce prénom est fréquent. En Kanjis Pour écrire ce nom, on rencontre fréquemment les kanjis suivants: 明 (brillant), 晃 (clair), 章 (poème), 亨… …   Wikipédia en Français


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