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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 3:45 pm    Post subject: "Akira" gets new life with DiCaprio Reply with quote
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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The anime classic "Akira" is getting the live-action big screen treatment courtesy of Leonardo DiCaprio and a first-time feature filmmaker.

"Akira" originated in 1988 as a manga and then as an animated film co-written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. The story was set in a neon-lit postapocalyptic "New Tokyo" in 2019 where a teen biker gang member is subjected to a government experiment that unleashes his latent powers. The gang's leader must find a way to stop the ensuing swathe of destruction.

With its mature themes and cutting-edge animation, "Akira" was a milestone movie in anime and mainstream animation circles, leading the way for anime to make inroads into Western pop culture in the 1990s.

The new story, which DiCaprio will produce for Warner Bros., ideally would be a two-part epic, with the first movie coming out next summer. The action will move to "New Manhattan," a city rebuilt by Japanese money.

It will mark the feature directorial debut of commercials veteran Ruairi Robinson, who sold the studio on his vision. The Irish native, who was nominated for a best animated short Oscar in 2001 for the sci-fi comedy "Fifty Percent Grey," also wrote and directed a sci-fi short titled "The Silent City."

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Yeah, we'll see...

I LOVE the original manga and the anime as well. Otomo-sama is a genius!

DiCaprio as Kaneda? I'm sorry but, no.
However, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was announced to be playing Tetsuo and, somehow, I can actually see that. He's a brilliant actor. As much as I hate to admit it, DiCaprio has some decent acting chops as well, but he's just not Kaneda (aside from the obvious issues...).

As bizarre as the whole concept sounds, shifting the city from Neo Tokyo to a Japanese-built Neo Manhattan is at least a conceptually-functional modification. Now white Americans (such as said actors) could conceivably have been given Japanese names, I guess.

I am glad they're at least spreading the material across two films. The manga was EPIC and the anime really cut out A LOT (if I recall correctly the manga wasn't even finished when the anime began production, or by the time it was released?). Again, I love the anime as well, but doing two films should provide the opportunity to at least touch on aspects of the manga that were completely absent from the anime, though I'm sure they'll still have to leave quite a lot out. I'm also curious how they'll handle the highly Nationalistic ending of the manga. Oh wait, they'll just make it about (the) "US."
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I never liked it, I found it sort of boring. As for Dicaprio, he sort of looks the part:


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
http://movies.ign.com/articles/853/853820p1.html
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
When I first saw Akira, I thought -- "THIS is what the deal is about?"

After a second viewing, I decided that either (1) I would never understand, or (2) everyone else was insane.

Aside from the random shower boobage, nothing in the film made any sense to me.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
AJBryant wrote:
When I first saw Akira, I thought -- "THIS is what the deal is about?"

After a second viewing, I decided that either (1) I would never understand, or (2) everyone else was insane.

Aside from the random shower boobage, nothing in the film made any sense to me.


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I have to agree. I think it was probably revolutionary for its time, particularly in the US where blood was never shown in "cartoons" before that. But I just didn't find it very interesting. The english dubbing was nightmarish. "Hey man thats-my-BIIIIIIIIIKE!!" still rings in my ears to this day.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
The manga clarifies SOME of the anime's ambiguities.

Now that I think about it a little more, Kaneda was a bit of an a-hole, so DiCaprio might work ok. But I'm more worried about him producing it than starring in it.

Also, on a slight side not, the anime's soundtrack is AMAZING.
Every time I listen to it it gets my gears turning.
If I'm drawing a blank for something to paint, I can just pop that puppy in and before long...
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I'd like to watch the movie.
But I wonder what happened to Hollywood version of Evangelion?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 3:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
It is awesome that we have to rape other countries for movies. I mean we don't find inspiration in the films we outright copy them. My GF refuses to watch No Reservations because she liked Mostly Martha.
Like I said before if they remake Audition here, im selling my TV and DVD player.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I have to agree with Tony and Kitsuno.

I really don't see what the big deal is; maybe - maybe - revolutionary for its time, but not something that I would say stands as an excellent film on its own merits, when taken out of the historical context of the US in the 80s or whatever.

Is it even that big of a deal here in Japan? Or is it just a big deal in the US because it was one of the first anime to be released over there?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Well... I have strong opinions about this. But I'll just not say anything so as to keep you all from thinking i'm a cursing lunatic...
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
maikeruart wrote:
It is awesome that we have to rape other countries for movies. I mean we don't find inspiration in the films we outright copy them. My GF refuses to watch No Reservations because she liked Mostly Martha.
Like I said before if they remake Audition here, im selling my TV and DVD player.
Yeah 'cause, say, Kurosawa's ideas were all original...
There's no such thing as originality in art, everything is derivative.
None-the-less, I have my concerns.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Matsuhide wrote:
maikeruart wrote:
It is awesome that we have to rape other countries for movies. I mean we don't find inspiration in the films we outright copy them. My GF refuses to watch No Reservations because she liked Mostly Martha.
Like I said before if they remake Audition here, im selling my TV and DVD player.
Yeah 'cause, say, Kurosawa's ideas were all original...
There's no such thing as originality in art, everything is derivative.
None-the-less, I have my concerns.


You know what they say - good artists borrow, great artists steal.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
When I first saw Akira I was very young and thought it was cool because it had cartoon guys killing people.

I saw it again when I was old enough to get some kind of grasp on the story (or so I thought), and yeah, I figured something must have been lost in the translation, because it didn't really make a lick of sense to me.

Then again, the same can be said of a couple of other big name anime films I've sat through.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
kitsuno wrote:
You know what they say - good artists borrow, great artists steal.


Absolutely.

I have no problem with people remaking films and the like, but you have to do something with it to "make it your own". Far too often directors and producers underestimate their audience and think the best way to do this is to dumb it down.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Matsuhide wrote:
maikeruart wrote:
It is awesome that we have to rape other countries for movies. I mean we don't find inspiration in the films we outright copy them. My GF refuses to watch No Reservations because she liked Mostly Martha.
Like I said before if they remake Audition here, im selling my TV and DVD player.
Yeah 'cause, say, Kurosawa's ideas were all original...
There's no such thing as originality in art, everything is derivative.
None-the-less, I have my concerns.


I know what your saying. But I think if you can't tell it was ripped off then the Director did a good job. Say what you want about Tarantino, but he made ripping off films look good, not a tradgedy.

I know Throne of Blood was Macbeth
but it was mildly retooled to have a different feel. I mean even Yojimbo was pulled from a detective novel, but noone cared because they were done well.

But this whole take a foreign movie (not just Japanese) and take it almost scene by scene to make a few bucks is just crap. I belive if it isn't broke why fix it.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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I know what your saying. But I think if you can't tell it was ripped off then the Director did a good job. Say what you want about Tarantino, but he made ripping off films look good, not a tradgedy.

I know Throne of Blood was Macbeth
but it was mildly retooled to have a different feel. I mean even Yojimbo was pulled from a detective novel, but noone cared because they were done well.

But this whole take a foreign movie (not just Japanese) and take it almost scene by scene to make a few bucks is just crap. I belive if it isn't broke why fix it.
It's true, but they are doing some (potentially) interesting re-tooling, so we'll see. I don't exactly have my fingers crossed...

I am VERY worried about the Tobey Maguire produced/starring live-action Robotech....
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