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Countdown (1996)

R  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  23 November 1996 (Japan)
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When Chris Murdoch falls obsessively in love with a Japanese girl attending University in Seattle (Kaori Ozaki) he murders Japanese men who have shown her kindness under the pretext of ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Yûki Amami ...
Yoko Sugimura
Sara Daniels
Chris Murdoch
Lt. Michael Killip (as James LeGros)
Miwa Kawagoe ...
Kaori Ozaki
Michael Patten ...
Kurt Little
Dan Bell ...
Agent Friendly
Tia Daniels
George Catalano ...
Bomb Squad Guy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Armani ...
Michael R Bowman ...
FBI Agent
FBI Agent
FBI Agent
Agent #1


When Chris Murdoch falls obsessively in love with a Japanese girl attending University in Seattle (Kaori Ozaki) he murders Japanese men who have shown her kindness under the pretext of revenge for the attack on Pearl Harbor during WWII. However the ruse involves the FBI in the case, and Agent Sara Daniels. However, the investigation is hampered when Yoko Sugimura of the Tokyo Police arrives to take Kaori back to her influential father. Despite their initial dislike, Sara and Yoko are forced to work together to stop Chris when his obsession is manifest with high explosives. Written by Sean Markland <>

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When Yoko reaches out of the cab to take something from Sara, her hand is bandaged and the sleeve of her outfit is grey. However, when the camera switches to a long shot, her hand is now unbandaged and her sleeve is dark black. See more »

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Awesome Movie
5 December 2004 | by (Baltimore, MD) – See all my reviews

This movie was really good. Lori Petty is the reason this film almost gets a perfect score. She is a good actress who's very underrated, and deserves more spots in movies. Well anyway the movie was full of suspense, surprises, and danger. It kept me wondering," what will happen next." I was also surprised at some of the actions of the villain (Jason London). This movie was really good, and it's worth a rental for someone who wants a movie that's full of suspense, and action. I was surprised that there wasn't much drama in the movie expect for a couple of scenes. Some of the scenes were a little sad and heartbreaking. It was mostly action though. It was still one of the best movies I have ever seen.


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