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Kamikaze 89 (1982)

Kamikaze 1989 (original title)
Not Rated | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 16 July 1982 (West Germany)
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In a totalitarian society of the future, in which the government controls all facets of the media, a homicide detective investigates a string of bombings, and finds out more than he bargained for.

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Wolf Gremm
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rainer Werner Fassbinder ... Polizeileutnant Jansen
Günther Kaufmann ... MK1 Anton
Boy Gobert Boy Gobert ... Konzernchef
Arnold Marquis Arnold Marquis ... Polizeipräsident
Richy Müller ... Neffe
Nicole Heesters 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
Ute Koska Ute Koska ... Polizeiärztin (as Ute Fitz-Koska)
Frank Ripploh Frank Ripploh ... Gangster
Hans-Eckart Eckhardt ... Polizist
Christoph Baumann Christoph Baumann ... Kriminalpolizist
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

16 July 1982 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Kamikaze 89 See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,613, 5 June 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,710, 16 September 2016
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Promo material for the U.S. release gave the title as "Kamikaze '89" but the title on the film itself gave the title as "Kamikaze 1989". See more »

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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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The new wave future dystopian genre, long deceased
21 January 2003 | by ItchloadSee all my reviews

First off, yes, you're right, this is a godawful movie.

Being a big Fassbinder fan, I rented this with excitement. Fassbinder stars, and he's always fun to watch. It's one of those punk-future-dystopian movies that popped out a bit in the early '80s, always good for some cult fun. It came out at the end of Fassbinder's career, and Fassbinder's whole 12 year filmmaking period only got better and better until his end.

So half way through I thought "what the hell happened? This movie is an atrocity exhibition."

Then I glanced at the cover, and in horror noticed this movie was NOT directed by Fassbinder. He just starred in it in a coked up narcisstic haze. I read he actually wore that leopard outfit he was giving in this movie on and off again in the last few weeks of his life.

Fassbinder was proud of this movie, somehow, and that gives it an odd charm. It's horrendous, but I haven't regretted watching it. There's a scene where Fassbinder climbs to a roof of a building, odd buzzing music is playing and the wind is blowing his hair and he has this perverse smile on his face as he gazes out across the city. There's also the ending where Fassbinder, bloated, in a robe, girates his body against a photo of an astronaut (I'm guessing this is Fassbinder's input, as the exact same ending pretty much is used in Stationmaster's Wife). These two scenes made it worthwhile. Otherwise, mark it off as an awful "Alphaville" rippoff.


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