Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Kaneda! Tetsuo! Kaneda! Tetsuo!
“No Akira, No Matrix it’s that important” That’s what Empire magazine said about Katsuhiro Otomos’ opus Akira. It’s a fairly bold statement but not unjustified, Akira is basically a cartoon but I guarantee you won’t see anything else like it. It bridges the gap of so many different things it’s an anime but it ultra violence is not off putting and not just entertaining to pubescent boys. Its’ a cartoon and hand drawn but its presented like a Hollywood Blockbuster and the fact that it’s all hand drawn only makes you appreciate it so much more! It is sci-fi but is still original and groundbreaking, very few Directors can even hope to reach this level of innovation.
I think I have done enough praising but you get the idea, now what of 2011’s supposed Hollywood live action remake, produce by Titanic sinking Leonardo DiCaprio? The most recent news was that it is dead in the water and that was back in June this year. As far as I know there have been no updates since, so your guess is as good as mine. The script that had been circulated moved the setting of the film from new Tokyo to New Manhattan and would make the film “more accessible”, whatever that means it can’t be good, if you don’t understand Akira after watching it the watch it again I guarantee you’ll see something you missed last time round.
Larry if you ever read this entry, it was for you.