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Kamikaze 89 (1982)

Kamikaze 1989 (original title)
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In a totalitarian society of the future, in which the government controls all facets of the media, a homicide detective investigates a string of bombings, and finds out more than he bargained for.

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Polizeileutnant Jansen
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Anton
Boy Gobert ...
Konzernchef
Arnold Marquis ...
Polizeipräsident
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Neffe
Nicole Heesters ...
Barbara
Brigitte Mira ...
Personaldirektorin
Jörg Holm ...
Vizepräsident
Hans Wyprächtiger ...
Zerling
Petra Jokisch ...
Elena Farr
Andreas Mannkopff ...
Wechselschichtregisseur
Ute Koska ...
Polizeiärztin (as Ute Fitz-Koska)
Frank Ripploh ...
Gangster
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Polizist
Christoph Baumann ...
Kriminalpolizist
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In the near future where "the combine" controls television and news, a bomb threat brings super cop Jansen to the combine's headquarters. Nothing happens, but his boss gives him four days to solve the hoax. Odd things occur: on day one there's a murder at the combine; vague references to the combine's enemy, Krysmopompas, appear; the nephew of the combine's boss confesses to the bomb threat, although he didn't do it. Jansen stays focused, interviewing employees who received special awards (printed on the paper used for the bomb threat). Is he onto something big or was the bomb threat just a prank? And what is this 31st floor rumored hidden in the 30-story combine headquarters? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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16 July 1982 (West Germany)  »

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$5,613 (USA) (3 June 2016)

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$18,710 (USA) (16 September 2016)
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This was the final acting role for Rainer Werner Fassbinder. See more »

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The movie claims 27 September 1989 to be a Monday, but that day was a Wednesday. (The movie plays in 1989, as the title and a spoken intro make clear. The supposed explosion in the beginning of the movie was planned to take place on September 23, as Jansen points out. The chief of the police then urges Jansen to solve the case within for days, saying "until Monday afternoon", which would be September 27.) See more »

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A Superb Display of Orgasmic Incompetence
27 December 2016 | by (Beirut) – See all my reviews

You really have to be in a very particular state of mind to appreciate the utter katastraüm that is this film.

You can read all over the internet that RW Fassbinder used to direct up to 4 films a year EXCLUDING acting assignments for other directors and it shows perfectly in Kamikaze how little time he had to prepare for an acting job.

I think Fassbinder and the gang only wanted to have a good laugh with 90 minutes worth of jokes that only they would understand.

Remember that this is NOT a Fassbinder film. Like, if you're going through a "Fassbinder Marathon" (if that would ever be a thing), you wouldn't include Kamikaze. It's a punk film - well, it's only a film - in which he acted (if you want to call that acting).

If you're a film fan and/or Fassbinder fan or if you're simply interested in West German indie pop culture, Kamikaze is perfect for you, because it's an orgy of everything and nothing.

If you're studying cinema, this is perfect as well because it breaks every technical rule in the history of everything in the space of less than an hour and tells you exactly what you mustn't do if you want to be a merely competent film technician.

But, seriously, there's only one advice I can give you: don't watch it sober.


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