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The Bullet Train (1975)
"Shinkansen daibakuha" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  1 January 1976 (USA)
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Criminals plant a bomb on a high-speed train. It will explode when the train slows down, unless a ransom is paid.

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Tetsuo Okita
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Kei Yamamoto ...
Masaru Koga
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Shinji Fujio
Akira Oda ...
Hiroshi Ôshiro
Raita Ryû ...
Kikuchi
Masayo Utsunomiya ...
Yasuko
Yumiko Fujita ...
Akiyama
Yumi Takigawa ...
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Etsuko Shihomi ...
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Fumio Watanabe ...
Miyashita
Toyoto Fukuda ...
Tashiro
Hiroko Fuji ...
Female Teacher
Junko Matsudaira ...
Cashier
Koreharu Hisatomi ...
Hirota
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One of the Japanese Shinkansen "Bullet Trains" is threatened with a bomb that will explode automatically if the train slows below 80 km/h, unless a ransom is paid. Police race to find the bombers and to learn how to defuse the bomb. Written by Anonymous

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They said it couldn't happen... But for 1500 passengers Bullet Train 109 became a nightmare journey that just couldn't be stopped!

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This film was released in the United States and other English language territories by 20th Century Fox in an English dubbed version and retitled "The Bullet Train". The film's original Japanese title translates into English as "Shinkansen Bomb". See more »

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Not quite up to Speed...
29 August 2006 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Pop quiz: there's a bomb on board and if you go under 50, it'll go off. What do you do? Well, if you're a Hollywood studio, you move the bomb from The Bullet Train and put it on an L.A. bus and hope that no-one reminds you that Japan did it first in 1975 with this Takakura Ken movie. More a typical 70s disaster movie than a thriller, with all the stock characters onboard – yes, including the hysterical businessman and obligatory pregnant woman - Takakura Ken broods magnificently as ever as the bad guy with a grudge and a supply of explosive devices while Sonny Chiba is almost lost in the crowd as the driver on the train trying to prevent the big bang (no, he doesn't hit anyone for once). Shame it's so dull.

There are a couple of mildly interesting plot twists and there's a surprising emphasis on the family of extortionists who are far more sympathetic than the clichéd and irritating passengers or the bungling cops, but there's no reason for it to stretch out to more than two-and-a-half hours. There's also a curious sense of constantly being outside the action, as if a passing spectator rather than a participant. One occasion where Hollywood definitely did it better.

Optimum's UK DVD is the uncut subtitled version in a decent 2.35:1 transfer.


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