In a totalitarian society of the future, in which the government controls all facets of the press, a homicide detective investigates a string of bombings, and finds out more than he bargained for.


Wolf Gremm
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rainer Werner Fassbinder ... Polizeileutnant Jansen
Günther Kaufmann ... MK1 Anton
Boy Gobert ... Konzernchef
Arnold Marquis ... Polizeipräsident
Richy Müller ... Neffe
Nicole Heesters ... Barbara
Brigitte Mira ... Personaldirektorin
Jörg Holm Jörg Holm ... Vizepräsident
Hans Wyprächtiger Hans Wyprächtiger ... Zerling
Petra Jokisch Petra Jokisch ... Elena Farr
Andreas Mannkopff Andreas Mannkopff ... Wechselschichtregisseur (as Andreas Mannkopf)
Ute Koska Ute Koska ... Polizeiärztin (as Ute Fitz-Koska)
Frank Ripploh Frank Ripploh ... Gangster
Hans-Eckart Eckhardt ... Polizist (as Hans-Eckhardt Eckhardt)
Christoph Baumann Christoph Baumann ... Kriminalpolizist


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 <>

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This was the final acting role for Rainer Werner Fassbinder. See more »


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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Low-budget Dystopic Genre
28 May 2020 | by skepticskepticalSee all my reviews

I see in Kamikaze 1989 both echoes and premonitions of other much more famous films, all with considerably larger budgets. I recognize that this must be because all dystopic fiction commences from the two greats, Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World. What subsequent creators have done is to put the pieces together in different orders, but the overarching totalitarian force governing the dystopic world, whether Blade Runner or The Hunger Games, Brazil, Robocop, or this obscure work not by but starring Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who in a bizarre reflection of a recurring trope of the film, himself became at the young age of 37, in the year 1982 (the year of this film's release), "ein unerwarteter Tod" = an unexpected death.

I am not sure whether this film would have been much better had it had the budget of Blade Runner or The Hunger Games, but I suspect that it would have been. On the other hand, we have grown accustomed to and now expect extremely fast-moving, often frenetic action in dystopic films. The pace here is incredibly slow, as though everyone is on some sort of downers (aside from the contestants in the Laughing Game, who are hooked up to IVs filled with hebephrenia-inducing drugs). Again: Huxley and Orwell already wrote it and others inspired by their works decided to dramatize the essence of dystopia.

Worth watching once, if only to see how later films may have been influenced by this creation.

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16 July 1982 (West Germany) See more »

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Berlin, Germany See more »


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