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SS - Special Stage (2008)

Esu esu (original title)
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Shô Aikawa
Ken'ichi Endô
Megumi
Mariko Ookubo ...
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Noriko Sakai
Hideo Sakaki
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Passion for racing never dies.
22 May 2008 | by (Tokyo / Toronto) – See all my reviews

SS is a racing movie based on a manga series.

This movie's story was really good, and I really felt the passion for racing while watching this movie. However, this film has its share of flaws. Aikawa Shou and Endou Kenichi did a phenomenal job as the leading actors, but Sakai Noriko, who I was a big fan of back in the 90's, was absolutely horrible, and all the family scenes were cheesy like you wouldn't believe. The racing scenes in this movie was also a bit too undramatic and cars seemed very slow. I appreciate the realism with lack of CG and special effects, but it felt like they were driving slowly on purpose so that the car with camera could keep up without shaking. Seeing the legendary Stalion in action was a sufficient consolation though. One more thing that really bothered me was the purpose of the side characters. Some of them had absolutely zero contact with the protagonist, and felt like fillers for the film. I'm sure they are characters from manga, but if it's impossible to develop their characters in a 90 minute movie, they shouldn't be included.

Despite all the flaws, this is a solid movie and a nice story. Recommended for true auto lovers.


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