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Hatsujô kateikyôshi: sensei no aijiru (2003)

Sachiko Hanai is a call girl. One day she is caught up in a gunfight and is shot in the forehead. Instead of killing her, the bullet in her head gives her psychic powers. She also ... See full summary »

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Kyôko Hayami ...
Kayoko Saeki
Kikujirô Honda ...
Drunken Cop
Yukijirô Hotaru ...
Yûichi Ishikawa ...
Surfer (as Yuichi Ishikawa)
Takeshi Itô ...
Kim
Yôta Kawase ...
Young Man (Imekura Customer)
Yoshimi Kinuta ...
Death Squad Member
Takashi Kobayashi ...
Cafe Manager
Shinji Kubo ...
Emi Kuroda ...
Sachiko
Masataka Matsubara ...
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Tetsuaki Matsue ...
Mamoru Saeki
Kanae Mizuhara ...
Secretary
Yûji Motoi ...
Man in Black - A
Masayoshi Nogami ...
Secondhand Bookseller
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Sachiko Hanai is a call girl. One day she is caught up in a gunfight and is shot in the forehead. Instead of killing her, the bullet in her head gives her psychic powers. She also accidentally comes into possession of a cylinder containing George W. Bush's finger, whose fingerprint is designed to launch a nuclear missile, and international spies are soon chasing her. Written by Masood Meery, Mashhad, IRAN

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14 October 2003 (Japan)  »

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A vida glamurosa de sachiko hanai  »

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$1,787 (USA) (13 April 2007)

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$4,994 (USA) (27 April 2007)
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Wonderful oddity, then downhill from there
26 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A lot of soft-core sex, yes... after about the fifth sex scene they become not only gratuitous, but untitillating and annoying. In fact, some of the sex just blatantly screams "fanservice" (anime term).

The politics are heavy-handed and sledgehammer style. Yes, W.'s there, playing a demonic presence - but somehow it's less insulting to him than, say, a European movie would've been.

Great bizarre surreal stuff in the first 45 minutes. Kind of liked where it was going.

There's a lot of it that reminded me of manga mixed with 60's Italian surreal trippy movies. But then the last 1/2 of the movie just seems like they ran out of money and ideas.

After it hits the hour mark, you start to feel the momentum running down... some of the best ideas that you expect to be going somewhere just unravel. Characters are used up and disposed of, or sometimes just disposed of. A whole scene plays out in a cave that I thought would never ever ever end. I don't mind that they didn't spoon-feed the essential message of the film but... What WAS the message ? No clue. If any Amer/Euro etc. movie started dropping philosophy-bombs like this in an attempt to prove how smart it is, it'd be laughed off the street. But since they're spouted by a kawaii Japanese girl, well, then, bless her heart.

A strange title sequence at the end of the end credits, too.

Some budgetary constraints are very apparent - sound effects, many editing points, and one (I hesitate to even call it) shootout was hilariously awful. Some very cheap makeup jobs.

I compare this to Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Cure" - they're different kinds of movie but "Cure" also has a surreal sense - the characters feel like real people and it's terrifying. "Sachiko" just leaves me... pfft. nah. Good enough.


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