The Akira Project – Live Action Trailer

The Akira Project is a fan made, non-profit, crowd-sourced live action trailer of Akira, the manga and animated cyberpunk action film created by writer/director Katsuhiro Otomo. Let us know what you guys think in the comments below.

Producer and Director Nguyen-Anh Nguyen:

The Akira Project is a crowd-sourced, non-profit project meant to create a live action fan trailer of AKIRA, the renowned manga-turned-anime film from the late 1980′s; a stunning example of both mediums as art forms. While Hollywood has been working on a live-action Akira movie for a few years now, we, as fans, wanted to take a shot at making our own adaptation. A chance to stick as close to the source material as possible. A chance to do Akira Justice.

We launched an Indiegogo campaign in July 2012 as part of a crowd sourcing effort to make this project come to life. Many people contributed not just financially but offered their time and talent to help the production that was shot in Montreal, Quebec from November 2-5th 2012. What started out as a simple idea between two guys having a beer (Hey! It’d be cool to see Kaneda ride his bike around Neo-Tokyo!), became a global endeavour, filled with adventures and hurdles, involving more than 40 artists in 12 different countries.

After a year and a half in post-production, we are proud to present the project to Akira fans the world over. We hope to have done justice to the timeless work of Katsuhiro Otomo and look forward to, someday, seeing the full scope of the Akira story translated to the big screen as a live-action.

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  1. Daral Jones 4 years ago

    Wow!!!! One of my favorite anime’s and at first I thought NOOOOOO!!!!!
    But I really thought that was good!!!!! Very good!!!!
    Nice work


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  2. MickeyVII 4 years ago

    Amazing. Definitely the best Fan-made piece of work I’ve seen in a long time. A big-budget film would not have stayed close to the original story and theme like you have (Dragonball: evolution comes to mind), which is what makes this so freakin cool! I’m spreadin the word.

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  3. Uri 4 years ago

    Would have been cool if they used music OTHER than the music for the legendary Deus Ex :Human Revolution trailer.
    Other than that looks good.

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  4. flinn 4 years ago

    epic, truly epic, well done, if the apparent hollywood movie is anywhere near this good, it will be worth going to see

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  5. DASD 4 years ago

    It’s very nicely done, but the music and mood is totally off. Akira is fast paced. I would have used some sort of very fast hard and dark crazy electronic music and pace the trailer accordingly.

    Maybe along the lines of: – first song

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  6. Nigel Bell 4 years ago

    … I’ve worked in Animation (Disney, Sydney Australia) and I’ve made props for Warner Brothers Movieworld (Gold Coast Australia), I’m used to dealing with professionals with an eye to detail – this was excellent, really well done…

    … I read the comics when they were released in colour (and in English) in the 80s… if this project goes no further, then, at the very least, it is a beautifully realised homage to those drawn pages which I loved and devoured!

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  7. BigB 4 years ago


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