Double Deception (2001)
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Unfortunately, this TV film with a lot of Japanese names in the staff (not only the main actress but also the director, one of the scriptwriters and almost all the producers) goes by the most well-known and dead easy ways of the genre. The action is not exciting, most of the dialogs are too archetypal and many situations don't make big sense.
About the actors, Louis Mandylor is annoying inexpressive here and James Russo is totally wasted as the villain (Udo Kier appears only some minutes but at least his "bad guy" performance is more disturbing). Honestly, only Rei Kikukawa deserved my attention. She is beautiful but also a good and solid actress (in Japan she has a long screen career although she is still in her thirties, but obviously a film like "Double deception" didn't help her to get any kind of success in the United States).
I give the movie 5 out of 10 because it is a modest entertainment if you don't have anything better to do in a boring day (or if you like Rei Kikukawa). Otherwise I recommend you to read a book or to do other things.
Louis Mandylor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), plays Luke Campbell an ex-cop turned bodyguard working for a wealthy Japanese executive who fears for his daughter's safety after a rash of kidnappings of Japanese executive's family members. Rather than actually minding his daughter, however, Mandylor drives a decoy around Los Angeles and manages not only to allow her to be kidnapped (while he's doing a spot of shopping), but also get his ex-partner killed into the bargain. When he discovers the ungrateful Jap executive refuses to pay the ransom for the decoy, Campbell decides the only way to resolve the situation is by kidnapping the right girl and trading her with the kidnappers for his decoy.
This is one of those movies where everybody chooses the most difficult and usually stupidest option when deciding what to do next: the Jap executive hires an English girl to play the part of his daughter's double and while she is chauffeur-driven around Los Angeles sipping champagne, allows his real daughter to go surfing unprotected with her buddies; instead of working with the police or attempting to pressure the executive, Campbell decides to kidnap his daughter; and as for the kidnappers, when you think about it, their plot is so ridiculously convoluted that it defies belief.
Director Ohkawa seems to think that the key to success, when saddled with a tiny budget and actors of only moderate talent, is to imitate every hip crime flick of the past decade. We're therefore treated to a couple of rival bodyguards dressed like the gang members from Reservoir Dogs but without any of the smart dialogue or characterisation. The movie's half-hearted attempts at humour are as false as the boobs on the stripper at the King Henry VIII bar, in which the film's 'big' name Udo Kier makes a brief appearance. The plot twists come thick and fast, and each is that much more outlandish than the last, until the whole thing becomes just plain silly and you start feeling embarrassed for the actors. Apart from Rei Kikukawa, that is, who enunciates.. each word . so . very .. slowly and . deliberately . that .. the other . actors .. have .. trouble . maintaining .. their expressions while they wait for her to finish reciting her lines. She's a pretty girl, and she might be a terrific actress when speaking Japanese, but she just doesn't belong in an English-speaking role. As for her father, his accent is so thick it's virtually impossible to understand what he's saying most of the time.