In 1988, the Japanese government drops an atomic bomb on Tokyo after ESP experiments on children go awry. In 2019, 31 years after the nuking of the city, Kaneda, a bike gang leader, tries to save his friend Tetsuo from a secret government project. He battles anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader until Tetsuo’s supernatural powers suddenly manifest. A final battle is fought in Tokyo Olympiad exposing the experiment’s secrets.
Akira Project was produced and directed by Nguyen-Anh Nguyen. It is based on the 1988 Japanese animated movie Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo and his manga of the same name. Osric Chau stars as Kaneda, with Xavier Yuvens as Tetsuo.