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Release Date:
1 January 1976 (USA) See more »
They said it couldn't happen... But for 1500 passengers Bullet Train 109 became a nightmare journey that just couldn't be stopped!
Criminals plant a bomb on a high-speed train. It will explode when the train slows down, unless a ransom is paid. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Ken Takakura ... Tetsuo Okita

Shin'ichi Chiba ... Aoki (as Sonny Chiba)
Kei Yamamoto ... Masaru Koga
Eiji Gô ... Shinji Fujio
Akira Oda ... Hiroshi Ôshiro
Raita Ryû ... Kikuchi
Masayo Utsunomiya ... Yasuko
Yumiko Fujita ... Akiyama
Yumi Takigawa ... SAS Staff
Etsuko Shihomi ... Telephone Operator
Fumio Watanabe ... Miyashita
Toyoto Fukuda ... Tashiro
Hiroko Fuji ... Female Teacher
Junko Matsudaira ... Cashier
Koreharu Hisatomi ... Hirota
Yoshirô Aoki ... Senda
Jirô Chiba ... Construction Vehicle Officer
Kiyoto Harada ... Miyake
Akira Hamada ... Nagata
Keisuke Nakai ... Tetsu-chan
Kiyoshi Yamamoto ... Takazawa
Sen Yano ... Minami
Hiroshi Kondô ... Matsubara
Hiroshi Tanaka ... Tsutsumi
Hirohisa Nakata ... Tokyo Working Office Clerk-in-charge
Yutaka Hayashi ... Naka-yan
Akio Yokoyama ... Superintendent
Yoshitarô Asawaka ... Passenger B
Shun Ueda ... Shûichi Hirao
Kenichi Matsuno ... Komiya
Yoshifumi Tajima ... Sasaki
Miyako Tasaka ... Kazuko Hirao
Hanako Tokachi ... Female Passenegr A
Yumiko Katayama ... Bar Woman
Taeko Watanabe ... Koga's Sister-in-law
Rin Tsunami ... Akanesô Okami
Mitsuru Mori ... Yôko
Akiko Kazami ... Yasuko's Mother
Hajime Shoji ... Passenger A
Osamu Saka
Kakuya Saeki ... Noguchi
Seigô Fukuoka ... Sugimura
Kôichi Iwaki ... Akira Tôgô
Nenji Kobayashi ... Morimoto
Goro Kataoka ... Sawara
Rikinaga Nakano ... Osaka Businessman
Kôji Hio ... Riot Policeman (as Kôji Hio)
Saburô Date ... Businessman's Man
Kôji Fujiyama ... Hiro-oka
Sô Takizawa ... Kawamura
Seiya Satô ... Passenger C
Shinji Nakahara ... Kôan Ikka Chô
Yûsuke Mori ... Hata
Kazuo Sato ... Ono
Hachiro Okamoto ... Yama-chan
Hajime Akutsu
Susumu Kurobe ... Gotô
Genji Kawai ... Detective Superintendent
Toshiyuki Tsuchiyama ... Iwagami
Keiko Aikawa ... Waitress
Toshie Kokabu ... Cleaning Woman
Norio Yamashita ... Shimizu (as Norio Yamashita)
Ryô Suga ... Man
Shôji Yamamoto
Isamu Matsuzawa
Midori Yamamoto ... Female Customer
Akira Kuji ... Fireman
Gôzô Sôma ... Detective C (as Gôzô Sôma)
Kôichi Yamada ... Passenger E
Osamu Kimura ... Correspondent A
Riki Gonoue ... Detective A
Chû Takatsuki ... Hamamatsu Station Staff
Haruki Jo ... Cook B
Takeshige Hatanaka
Isamu Hamada
Teruo Shimizu ... Substation Staff (as Teruo Shimizu)
Tatsuya Kameyama ... Policeman
Sakae Yamaura ... Cook A
Shinzô Tanabe ... Claustrophobic Man
Takuji Aoki ... Passenger D
Jirô Sagawa
Fumiaki Nakajô ... Passenger F
Yasuhito Sugawara ... Ken-ichi (as Yasuhito Sugawara)
Kôki Akiyama
Masayuki Kawaguchi
Hisako Oka
Keiko Itô
Ryôzô Mihara
Kengo Miyaji
Yoshitaka Nagaoka ... Young Man
Yoshikazu Uchikoshi ... Stationmaster Shimura
Shin-ichi Shuku
Yoshifumi Watanabe
Naoko Izumi
Fumio Niikura
Michiko Maeda
Yutaka Shino
Akemi Fujiki
Masataka Kikuchi
Kimitaka Ôizumi
Shigeru Yokoyama
Shitoshi Takatori
Shizuyo Uno
Hideyuki Fujii

Takashi Shimura ... JNR President
Akira Yamauchi ... Cabinet Chief Secretary
Tomo'o Nagai ... Bullet Train Overseas HQ Chief
Mizuho Suzuki ... Hanamura
Ken Utsui ... Kuramochi
Tetsurô Tanba ... Sunaga
Kin'ya Kitaôji
Tamio Kawaji ... Satô
Kunie Tanaka ... Koga's Brother
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Directed by
Jun'ya Satô 
Writing credits
Ryûnosuke Ono (screenplay) &
Jun'ya Satô (screenplay)

Arei Katô (story)

Produced by
Kanji Amao .... producer
Sunao Sakagami .... producer
Original Music by
Hachiro Aoyama 
Cinematography by
Masahiko Iimura 
Film Editing by
Osamu Tanaka 
Production Design by
Shuichiro Nakamura 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Akihisa Okamoto .... assistant director
Sound Department
Kenzo Inoue .... sound recordist (as Kenzô Inoue)
Camera and Electrical Department
Yasunojô Kawasaki .... gaffer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Shinkansen daibakuha" - Japan (original title)
"Super-Express 109" - Europe (English title)
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152 min | Sweden:100 min | USA:115 min (DVD version) | USA:115 min (edited/dubbed) | West Germany:96 min (cut theatrical version)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | France:U | Germany:12 (cut) (re-rating) | India:U | Norway:16 (1976) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1987) | West Germany:16 (cut) (original rating)

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The amount of the ransom was $5 million.See more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
And I wonder, still I wonder, who'll stop the TRAIN, 1 July 2010
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Now here's a brief little plot description I'm sure will sound familiar to most people! Terrorists plant a bomb somewhere on a crowded public transportation vehicle. The device activates itself once the vehicle reaches a certain speed and will explode if the vehicle lowers its speed beneath this mark. The authorities as well as the driver are aware of the danger, but a ransom needs to be paid before the terrorists gives the exact location of the bomb. Now where have I heard that before? Hey wait a minute, it's that movie "Speed" with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock! Well sure, 99% of the world will be able to guess that, but sadly only a miserable 1% (or even less) know that "Speed" is, in fact, some sort of remake of this modestly produced but hugely exhilarating Japanese 70's disaster flick. Here in this case, the public transportation vehicle is an elite high-speed express train instead of a bus, so there are even more possibilities to hide the explosives. There are two versions of "Bullet Train" available, albeit both of them are quite obscure, but they're a world of difference. The international version is barely 90 minutes long and pretty much cuts all the background and intrigues surrounding the act of terrorism. The Japanese version runs slightly over 150 minutes and is the complete opposite! In this extended version you get to know literally everything about the terrorists, including how they got acquainted and even what they prefer to have for lunch. I'm usually quite allergic to long (2+ hours) movies, but I read that the heavily cut version comes across as incoherent and clumsy, and also that it doesn't feature the social criticism and melodrama. This may very well be true, but the 150 minutes slightly exaggerates with illustrating background stories and dramatic subplots. At numerous times during the film, it even felts like the booby trapped train was merely an unimportant sub plot while the real movie revolved on the life story of main terrorist Tetsuo Okita. Still, it's a compelling and at times adrenalin-rushing adventure with a solid script and terrific performances. Ken Takakura excels as the embittered terrorist and martial arts legend Sonny Chiba is very impressive in the for him very unusual role of ordinary machinist. One thing about "Bullet Train" I will surely NEVER forget for as long as I live is how this movie features the single most worst case of bad luck ever! After he received the ransom, the terrorists reveals that he left a bag in a restaurant. In the bag there's a map with a detailed drawing of where exactly in the train the bomb is located. The authorities rush to the restaurant, but notice upon arrival that the place just burned to the ground due to a short circuit! What are the odds of that happening?

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