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A live action fan trailer of the manga & anime masterpiece 'Akira'.
Nguyen-Anh Nguyen
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Video / Web
Montreal, Quebec
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UPDATE: Watch the teaser for The AKIRA Project on the link below!!


Akira Project - teaser # 1 from Cine Ground on Vimeo.

Short Summary

We are creating a live action fan trailer of the renowned manga-turned-anime “Akira”. Ever since Kodansha first published the manga in 1982, Hollywood has been trying to adapt it into a feature film. In 2002, Warner Bros acquired the rights to the film and has tried four times to make production happen. Each effort was cancelled for various technical, scripting, budgetary and casting reasons; most recently in January 2011 with the story location having been moved from Neo-Tokyo to Neo-Manhattan.

We, as fans, felt like we ought to take a shot at making our own adaptation. A chance to stick as close to the source material as possible. A chance to do Akira Justice.

Over the last few months we have been busy shooting various pre-productions tests to show you what we will be able to achieve. The first glimpse of which is this live action poster, faithfully recreating the poster from the 1988 anime:

The Akira Project

We are also in the process of building Kaneda's laser gun, with working electronics and all. You can take a look down below at the work in progress, nearing completion. You can even get the real thing if you donate to the 'Yamagata' segment on this campaign!

Kaneda Laser Gun under Construction

We also custom made a very detailed Kaneda's jacket, paying very close attention to the detail that would make it as epic as in the Manga. You can also get this jacket if you donate to the 'Kaneda' segment on our campaign!

Kaneda's Jacket

Who we are

My name is Nguyen-Anh Nguyen, I run a small film production company named CineGround in Montreal, Quebec. I have been producing and directing short fiction films for the past 4 years, winning many awards worldwide. For as far as I can remember, I have been fascinated by the world of Katsuhiro Otomo. I went into film because I wanted to create stories as striking as Akira and I wanted to give the fans out there a truthful adaptation of this masterpiece. 

The team I have assembled is as passionate as myself about this project. They are all professionals in their respective field and with their help, we will be able to achieve a high end, exciting fan trailer. 

What We Need & What You Get

We are putting 5000$ of our own money and are harnessing all of the technical and human resources that we have access to. This will be shot on the RED Epic camera, with professional lighting and gear and the crew will consist of professional film personnel who are donating their time. But making a trailer of such a magnitude as Akira, means that we still require more money to pay for all the other things needed on a film shoot.

We are shooting over four days in September 2012. We will need more money to secure locations, equipment, transportation & catering for a crew of 20, realistic costumes and props to recreate the world of Akira and finally all the special effects and CGI that a movie like Akira requires.

In return, we can offer perks such as the DVD of the trailer, behind the scenes footage, production tshirts, a high quality print of the awesome live action poster we designed, invitation to the premiere, producer credits and finally the one and only Kaneda's jacket and pants!

If we don't reach our goal, we will still produce this trailer as we have people commited to finishing the project no matter what. However, the level of quality will be reflected by the budget constraints. 

The Impact

As fans, it always pains us to see old school masterpieces being destroyed by the corporate nature of Hollywood; where numbers often prevail over originality. We want to do this because we want to see the vision of Akira come to life in the most realistic way possible and show that there is a public out there for honest, original manga adaptations.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you can't contribute financially, you can still help us in many ways:

  • Spread the word to your friends or on blogs that you love.
  • Like this Indiegogo campaign using the share tool at the bottom of the video.
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
  • If you have access to resources or have skills that could benefit this project, get in touch with us at info@akira-project.com!

Press Coverage

The Wrap - 12 Crowdfunded Projects Shooting for Success:

The Verge - The Akira Project wants to create a live action 'Akira' trailer:

Freshness Mag - Live action trailer based on anime & manga Akira:

DJFood - Akira Fan Made Live Action Trailer:

Acclaim Mag: 

Live For Film:


More information

For more updates and information on the project, visit our website at:


Facebook Fan Page




More on our film companies:

www.cineground.com (our film services company)

www.greenground.ca (our film production company)






Mon nom est Nguyen-Anh Nguyen, je dirige une petite société de production appelée CineGround à Montréal, Québec. Je produis et réalise des courts-métrages de fiction depuis maintenant quatre ans, récoltant de nombreuses récompenses à travers le monde. Aussi loin que je puisse m’en souvenir, j’ai toujours été fasciné par l’univers de Katsuhiro Otomo. J’ai voulu faire du cinéma pour pouvoir raconter des histoires aussi marquantes que celle d’Akira et je tiens à offrir à tous les fans à travers la planète une adaptation fidèle de ce chef-d’œuvre.

L’équipe que j’ai mise sur pied est aussi passionnée que moi par ce projet. Ils sont tous professionnels dans leurs domaines respectifs et avec leur aide, nous pourrons réaliser une bande-annonce de haute volée.

Ce dont nous avons besoin & ce que vous aurez

Nous mettons 5000$ de notre poche ainsi que toutes les ressources humaines et techniques auxquelles nous avons accès. Le projet sera tourné avec la caméra RED Epic, de la photographie et du matériel professionnels et l’équipe sera composée de professionnels du cinéma qui font don de leur temps. Mais réaliser une bande-annonce d’une œuvre de l’amplitude d’Akira nécessite quand même de l’argent pour payer tout ce qui est nécessaire à un tournage de cinéma.

Le tournage aura lieu sur quatre jours de septembre 2012. Nous aurons besoin d’argent pour réserver les lieux de tournage, pour payer le matériel, le transport et le catering pour une équipe de 20 personnes, des costumes réalistes et des accessoires afin de recréer l’univers d’Akira et, enfin, tous les effets spéciaux et l’imagerie en post-production que nécessite un film comme Akira.

En retour, nous pouvons vous offrir des cadeaux tels que le DVD de la bande-annonce, des images du tournage, des T-shirts de la production, une affiche de haute qualité conçue par nos soins, une invitation à la première, une place au générique en tant que producteur et enfin, les seuls et uniques veste et pantalon de Kaneda!

Si nous n’atteignons pas notre objectif, nous produirons néanmoins cette bande-annonce car toute l’équipe est bien décidée à aller au bout du projet quoi qu’il arrive. Cependant, la qualité du projet sera affectée par les restrictions budgétaires.


En tant que fans, cela nous peine toujours de voir de grands classiques ravagés par la nature industrielle d’Hollywood, où les chiffres prévalent sur l’originalité. Nous voulons faire ceci car nous désirons voir Akira prendre vie de la manière la plus réaliste possible et démontrer qu’il existe un public pour une adaptation originale et honnête du manga.

D’autres manières de nous aider

Si vous ne pouvez contribuer financièrement, vous pouvez nous aider de nombreuses manières :

- Parlez-en autour de vous ou sur les blogs que vous aimez

- Cliquez sur « J’aime » et employez le bouton de partage (« share ») sous la vidéo

- Suivez-nous sur Facebook et Twitter

- Si vous avez accès à des ressources ou à des compétences qui pourraient bénéficier à ce projet, contactez-nous via info@akira-project.com

Merci pour votre soutien!



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  • $10USD
    The Capsules

    You will have our eternal gratitude and receive a special thanks on the website.

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  • $25USD
    The Special Forces

    You will receive the perk above plus a DVD including the making of documentary. North America shipping included. International, please add 5$.

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  • $50USD
    The Fighting Monks

    You will receive the above perks plus a signed promotional 8''X11'' poster. North America shipping included. International, please add 5$.

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  • $100USD
    The Colonel

    You will receive the above perks plus an exclusive Akira production t-shirt signed by all of the cast and crew. North America shipping included. International, add 10$

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  • $150USD

    Includes all of the above, plus a signed 30" high promotional poster. International shipping included.

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    Includes all of the above, with a faithful copy of the Kaneda Laser Gun used for the trailer. You will receive the credit of Associate Producer and will receive an exclusive invite to the Montreal premiere of the film (travel expenses and accommodation will sadly not be provided). North America shipping included, International please add 60$.

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  • $1,000USD

    Includes all of the above, with the one Kaneda Laser Gun used for the trailer (The HERO Version, with working lights, instead of the copy). You will receive the credit of Associate Producer and will receive an exclusive invite to the Montreal premiere of the film (travel expenses and accommodation will sadly not be provided). North America shipping included, International please add 60$.

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  • $1,500USD

    This grand contribution will have its donor receive all items mentioned above (the replica laser gun *NOT* the HERO version, as there is only one) PLUS you will receive the ONE AND ONLY Kaneda's jacket (Size M) and pants (Waist 29) that are going to be used to shoot the trailer (which you can see in the poster) - once we are done with principal photography. You will also receive the credit of Executive Producer. North America shipping included, International please add 60$.

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