Akira
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Tetsuo: Twin ceramic rotor drives on each wheel! And these look like computer controlled anti-lock brakes! Wow, 200 horses at 12,000 rpm.

Tetsuo (1988 Streamline Pictures dub): Let's run away somewhere. You and me, Kaori.
Kaori: Where would we go?
Tetsuo (1988 Streamline Pictures dub): Anywhere. Just the further the better, huh?

Kaneda (2001 Pioneer dub): What're you gonna do?
Kai (2001 Pioneer dub): I'm gonna send Yamagata his wheels.

Tetsuo (2001 Pioneer dub): Will you return with us?
Colonel (2001 Pioneer dub): Like hell.

Kaneda: He's not your friend, he's ours! If somebody's gonna kill him, it should be us.

Kay: Amoebas don't make motorcycles and atomic bombs.

Kiyoko: It was too difficult for Tetsuo... of course, too difficult for us. And for Akira.
Takashi: We just didn't have the power.
Masaru: But someday we will be.
Takashi: Because it has already begun.

Kiyoko: The future is not a straight line. It is filled with many crossroads. There must be a future that we can choose for ourselves.

Colonel Shikishima: Look at what they abandoned in their panic, they were afraid! They were too scared, so they hid it away from the public. They forgot all shame and honor, cast off the civilization and science we had created, and shut the lid of the Pandora's Box they themselves had opened.

Female in crowd: Those are so fattening.

Tetsuo (1988 Streamline Pictures dub): I... am Tetsuo.

Kei (2001 Pioneer dub): Amoebas don't build houses and bridges, they only eat.

Tetsuo (1988 Streamline Pictures dub): Heh, heh... what's happening to me? I must be dreaming. Bitchin'. I feel like I can take out the world today.

Tetsuo: A fish out of water dies, huh.

Continuity mistake: On the bridge, in the next shot after the tank misfires, there is a red car on one of the bridge sections to the right. As the midsection begins to rise up it vanishes. Since the car right behind it does not move, as the section has not yet begin to fall, it's safe to assume this was a mistake.

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Trivia: The music for this movie was completed before any of the composers saw a single frame of film, or even read the script. As a result of this, the music had to be edited to fit in some scenes.

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Question: Can anyone explain the significance of Tetsuo's transformation towards the end of the film? I've been told it supposed to symbolise something but I can't figure out what.

Answer: In effect, it should symbolize (just as the other psionics say) that humanity is not yet ready to control such power; we are mentally not 'mature' enough. And since we are mere 'children', we tend to play with that power without any real sense of responsibility, and before we know it, it goes out of control. In effect, it mirrors the lack of sense that we demonstrate in our real world, with our technical and political power.

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