AKIRA, the 1988 film considered by many to be the landmark of Japanese animation, has a cult following of dedicated fans all over the world. They recently showed their dedication to AKIRA by creating a trailer for a live action version in hopes of getting attention from Hollywood producers, and the results are amazing.

"Wouldn't it be cool seeing a real Kaneda riding his motorbike through the streets of Neo Tokyo?" The idea for "Project Akira" came about from a simple conversation between producer/director Nguyen-Anh Nguyen and a friend over a few beers. With so many false hopes and rumors of a live-action adaptation over the years, Nguyen decided to take matters into his own hands. He got on Indiegogo and raised 3500 dollars, enough to at least shoot a trailer. As the project came to fruition, more and more fans offered their time and labor, resulting in a truly international effort involving 40 artists from 12 different countries around the world.

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The trailer was shot in Montreal in November of 2012, and after a year and a half of post production, it was finally released on May 9th. It already has over 1,300,000 hits on YouTube. Much respect to all involved for wanting something and making it happen.