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Director:
Writers:
Ryûnosuke Ono (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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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
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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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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:
The movie was shot entirely on location. The movie was filmed on the actual bullet train route between Tokyo and Hiroshima.See more »

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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Predates "Speed" and Is The Much Better Drama..., 16 August 2004
Author: jmaruyama from Honolulu, HI

`Bullet Train' (Orig. Title: Shinkansen Daibakuha) is a gripping thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Made in 1975, `Bullet Train' predates Jan De Bont's similar `Speed' by almost two decades and is the vastly superior drama. The wonderful Ken Takakura portrays the bomber with a grudge, while cult action star Shinichi `Sonny' Chiba portrays Shinkansen (Bullet Train) operator Aoki who must find the explosive device before his train explodes. Utsui Ken (who portrayed the serial hero Super Giant/Star Man) also puts in a great performance as Transit Chief Kuromochi who must not only deal with the demands of the bomber but must also deal with the political and public backlash and hysteria that ensues the crisis. While some of the SFX work does not really look all too convincing, the overall film is a joy to see. Ken Takakura's somber and tragic character of Okita is quite a contrast to Dennis Hopper's wacky and cartoonish villain in `Speed". While the film is not great, it certainly is worth a look. Blink and you could miss the cameo of Shihomi Etsuko as a transit telephone operator.

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