The Akira Project Finishes Its Live-Action Akira Trailer

The Akira Project Finishes Its Live-Action Akira Trailer

The Akira Project presented its results of a crowdfunding campaign that funded the creation of a fanmade live-action adaptation of Akira.

The Akira Project raised almost $3,500 in 2012 to recreate the manga turned animated film Akira as a live-action trailer. The fan project recently completed the trailer and released it online for everyone.

Producer and director Nguyen-Anh Nguyen, who was inspired to get into filmmaking after watching Akira, led the non-profit project. What started out as an idea to film the character Kaneda riding through Neo-Tokyo on his bike became a much larger project with a big team of people from 12 different countries.

Executive producer Osric Chau (Supernatural's Kevin Tran) also played the role of Kaneda. Xavier Yuvens plays the role of Tetsuo. The whole team is listed on the Akira Project website.

The trailer breaks down the film into much shorter segments to tell the story from beginning to end. However, to those who are unfamiliar with the source material, the brief retelling done through the live-action trailer may seem disjointed and confusing.

Along with a great recreation of Kaneda's red bike, the computer graphics show off the destruction of Tetsuo's powers. The trailer isn't a big budget feature-length movie, but it's a nice teaser of what fans expect out of a live-action adaptation of Otomo's manga and anime.

Hollywood has been working on a live-action Akira film, adapting Katsuhiro Otomo's animated film, though this has met its fair share of resistance with fans who do not want a white-washed film adaptation of a Japanese work.

Source: Akira Project

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Oh I seen this yesterday.. I really hope they manage to pull off a full movie. Didn't like a few artistic choices, but hey thats to be expected. Really excited to see the final product.

If you haven't seen the original. See it.

LOL at Deus Ex music. But other than that, well... the standard has been set, your move Hollywood.

"(Supernatural's Kevin Tran)" Hell yeah! :D

He's quite a good actor, and at least he looks like Kaneda.
Contrast that with the earlier rumors about Keanu Reeves... *rolls eyes*

roseofbattle:

Executive producer Osric Chau (Supernatural's Kevin Tran) also played the role of Kaneda.

I thought that was him! For all the flak Kevin got on Supernatural's IMDb forum, I liked the character, mostly because of the actor.

Now to actually see Akira, before the movie is released.

Wan't James Cameron interested in making a live action Akira movie at some point?

Using the Wilhelm Scream is an instand No no. It is simply reached a point where the Wilhelmscream beeing in anything will rip me out of the Experience.

Wow that was pretty awesome... would love to see the wohle movie made by these guys ^^

Looks fucking awesome! Much better than any what I would expect from the inevitable Michael Bay version.

They would need to get someone damn good with CGI to handle the last 20 minutes of Akira, with the expanding mass of Tetsuo.

And this is why we leave Akira alone.

The awkward pronunciations of the Japanese names alone made me what to kill myself.

And nothing a live-action budget can conjur could ever compete with the amazing visuals of the animated movie.

Rellik San:
LOL at Deus Ex music. But other than that, well... the standard has been set, your move Hollywood.

I actually cracked up when I heard the Howie Scream. That sound effect always reminds me of Starcraft.

felixader:
Using the Wilhelm Scream is an instand No no. It is simply reached a point where the Wilhelmscream beeing in anything will rip me out of the Experience.

I think you have your screams mixed up.


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valium:
They would need to get someone damn good with CGI to handle the last 20 minutes of Akira, with the expanding mass of Tetsuo.

AAAAAAAGHHHHH, I spent years upon years to bury that memory where it could not be unearthed!

But well, R.I.P. yet again, Tokyo. Keeping an eye on this.

Well done, pretty close ot the Anime.
However Hollywood will fuck it up. 0 Chance these idiots getting it right.

Colour me impressed! It almost looks like a beat for beat adaptation of the anime. Osric Chau has the acting chops. I thought he was good as Kevin.

At least it's not set in Neo-Manhattan.

Atleast theycan do it fucking better than Hollywood was trying to do. I'm actually interested.

Damn it, this reminded me that I still haven't seen the entire original movie yet. It does look like they've done a good job so far, though it's easy to make the trailer look good.

Eh, not all that bad, especially for something fan-made.

Still won't make me excited about a life action akira movie though, that stuff works as anime but as live-action it just feels weird instead of cool.

This was impressive as hell. The black explosion especially was outstanding.

The only issues I had were with the actor for Tetsuo (just looked kinda weird, I guess), and the fact that the soundtrack wasn't the iconically cool one from the original. Still, these problems are trivial, and they really did an excellent job. Congrats to them, and maybe whoever's working on the actual movie should pay attention?

Hmm... Looks pretty good. Pretty amazing for an independant fan-film.

Too bad they couldn't hire any hydrocephalitic actors to make it look more like the original ;P

Fijiman:
Damn it, this reminded me that I still haven't seen the entire original movie yet. It does look like they've done a good job so far, though it's easy to make the trailer look good.

Do you like over complexity in story telling, awkward philosophical shoe horning, the colour grey, a tone so prone to shifting it'll give you whiplash?

If not you'll hate it.

If you're here for some down right jaw droppingly beautiful animation and a (albeit confused) message about the atomic age and how absolute power corrupts absolutely?

If so you'll love it.

So anyone want the ending explained? :) It actually took me watching it silent (well, in a night club with heavy metal blaring over it) to figure it out;

Told you it was ham fisted. :)

Flutterguy:
If you haven't seen the original. See it.

I think you mean "read the original". Or if you didn't, go read the original.

Well, I don't see why it's necessary to do any of this, but now it's a challenge to Hollywood. Ya better do good.

It looks...OK, I guess. Something that was bugging me the whole time I was watching it, though, was the sound. It didn't SOUND like Akira. For reference, this is what Akira sounded like. It's soundtrack is one of the best in the history of soundtracks. Ever. And while I think they were trying to incorporate that at the end, it...kinda fell flat to me.

Rellik San:

So anyone want the ending explained? :) It actually took me watching it silent (well, in a night club with heavy metal blaring over it) to figure it out;

Told you it was ham fisted. :)

I disagree with your interpretation, at least in part. I always thought the film[1] was about agency, and how a lack of it can have profound and immeasurably destructive consequences later in life. The psychic power was a metaphor for the potential that each generation possesses. That's why there's such a stark contrast between Tetsuo and the psychic children; not just in the scale of their powers, but in their personalities. The psychic children came from a generation where children were taken care of and were given a place in the world. Tetsuo comes from a generation where children are discarded like trash because the world has no place for them. Something like Tetsuo was going to happen eventually; if it wasn't a lone psychic with deistic power, it would have been tens of thousands of protesters armed with moltov cocktails and baseball bats.

The point of the film was that if you don't treat the generation that comes after yours with respect, then you're digging your own grave.

At least that's the broad strokes version. It's...it's about a lot more than that, and I could write a paper on it if I felt inclined to. But that's the most important theme I took from the film.

[1] I haven't read the manga, so I won't speak for that

felixader:
Using the Wilhelm Scream is an instand No no. It is simply reached a point where the Wilhelmscream beeing in anything will rip me out of the Experience.

That's not the Wilhelm scream. This is

That's the Howie Long scream.

After seeing Kaneda's bike and SOL, I'm sold.

The teaser is looking really good.

Sol_HSA:

Flutterguy:
If you haven't seen the original. See it.

I think you mean "read the original". Or if you didn't, go read the original.

I actually started reading it a week ago, pretty engrossing series, but still knowing the outcome does kill it a little for me.

I imagine people are much more likely to watch a two hour anime then flip through a bibles worth of comic. Now if we were talking Walking dead I'd recommend the comic series and denounce the show. That is an example of a poor adaption.

Any chance we could get the Akira Project crew behind the proposed live action adaptation rather than the fraudulent douche-bags that are working on this right now?

felixader:
Using the Wilhelm Scream is an instand No no. It is simply reached a point where the Wilhelmscream beeing in anything will rip me out of the Experience.

They've got the Howie scream rather than the Wilhelm. I cringe everytime I hear it - audio mixing isn't easy, but compared to the video editing here, it clearly isn't the most taxing part of the production. They even did a fair amount of mixing/engineering to disguise it a bit, so what was the point? Get in front of a mic and record some original audio.

Seriously that stock audio is probably more ubiquitous than the Wilhelm at this point. Like you, it rips me right out whatever I'm viewing and then I feel done with it. Even Hollywood is still using it - do they think no one notices? It's unfortunation because this trailer is ambitious, well-conceived, and well-executed. It doesn't need garbage stock shouting to cheapen it.

*steps down from soapbox* This did look cool, and it was exiting to see a taste of what a live action interpretation could be.

Hollywood still owns the rights. This will be shut down so hard it's not even funny.

I feel bad, I thought it was average :(

I think it's down to there being so many high(er?) calibre fan-made shorts that have just worked better for me.

Watchmen had a movie. It was deemed "unfilmable" by its creator. I say Akira is the same. There's so much content in the six volumes that if you want the full experience, it would have to have sequels. And not just that, there's teenagers unrepentantly doing drugs and

Are sure to make the censors and moral guardians grab their pitchforks.

 

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