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WATCH: Test footage from live-action Akira film

March 22nd, 2015 by Saxon Comments


Irish filmmaker Ruari Robinson has given us a glimpse of his vision for the live-action Akira film… 

Thanks to the folks at, we have the video of the footage embedded below.  Warner Bros. hired Robinson back in 2007 to direct a live action remake of the 1988 animated classic, and to secure the rights the studio had him put together a rip reel, in which the director cuts together a project from already existing movies to give an impression of what the final product will be like.

The awesome thing about this rip reel is that it also features the original test footage which Robinson shot, which includes such iconic parts of the movie as the bomb crater and Kaneda’s motorcycle.  Check it out for yourself – the footage begins at 3:57.

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