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Director:
Writers:
Ryûnosuke Ono (screenplay) &
Jun'ya Satô (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1 January 1976 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
They said it couldn't happen... But for 1500 passengers Bullet Train 109 became a nightmare journey that just couldn't be stopped!
Plot:
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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Awards:
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User Reviews:
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Cast

  (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

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:
"The Bullet Train" - , International (English title) (literal English title)
"Super-Express 109" - Europe (English title)
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Runtime:
152 min | Sweden:100 min | USA:115 min (DVD version) | USA:115 min (edited/dubbed) | West Germany:96 min (cut theatrical version)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
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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Trivia:
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 »
Soundtrack:
Hashire chôtokkyûSee more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
High drama aboard the Bullet Train, 9 February 2008
Author: wanderingstar from Toronto

I picked up a six-pack of Sonny Chiba movies and this was one of them. Lucky for me it was the uncut, original Japanese language version!! The Bullet Train is a bit of a more complex drama than the much later "Speed" which was pretty much a straight action movie. There are key differences between the two. "Speed" uses an over-the-top villain type in Dennis Hopper, a man completely evil who we're not expected to sympathize or feel sorry for. "Bullet Train"'s villain is a more complex, serious, darker sort of character, and we come to understand and even sympathize a little with his reasons for ransoming the Bullet Train.

I found it a little long at 2 1/2 hours. But I liked that it was a more serious film than Speed, delving into the ransomer's motives and the consequences of his actions, not just for his victims but for his accomplices, the train company employees, and himself. And 1.5 hours in, I realized I had no idea how it was going to end.

If you enjoy Japanese or Asian cinema in general, this isn't one of the best films, but you will probably enjoy it as I did.

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