An FBI agent works with a Tokyo policeman in Seattle to stop a criminal obsessed with a student.


Keoni Waxman


Keoni Waxman
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Credited cast:
Yûki Amami ... Yoko Sugimura
Lori Petty ... Sara Daniels
Jason London ... Chris Murdoch
James Le Gros ... Lt. Michael Killip (as James LeGros)
Miwa Kawagoe Miwa Kawagoe ... Kaori Ozaki
Michael Patten Michael Patten ... Kurt Little
Dan Bell Dan Bell ... Agent Friendly
Jan D'Arcy ... Tia Daniels
George Catalano ... Bomb Squad Guy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Armani Michael Armani ... Cop
Michael R Bowman Michael R Bowman ... FBI Agent
Anthony Curry ... Man in Bar
Tony Doupe ... Sniper
Scott Duthie ... FBI Agent
Carl Kocis ... FBI Agent


When Chris Murdoch falls obsessively in love with a Japanese girl attending University in Seattle (Kaori Ozaki) he murders Japanese men who have shown her kindness under the pretext of revenge for the attack on Pearl Harbor during WWII. However the ruse involves the FBI in the case, and Agent Sara Daniels. However, the investigation is hampered when Yoko Sugimura of the Tokyo Police arrives to take Kaori back to her influential father. Despite their initial dislike, Sara and Yoko are forced to work together to stop Chris when his obsession is manifest with high explosives. Written by Sean Markland <>

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He'll blow you away.


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When Yoko reaches out of the cab to take something from Sara, her hand is bandaged and the sleeve of her outfit is grey. However, when the camera switches to a long shot, her hand is now unbandaged and her sleeve is dark black. See more »

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UK video version was cut by 6s for an '18' rating. See more »

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Not great...not bad!
24 February 2003 | by LorifanSee all my reviews

Following in the footsteps of Speed and Blown Away, Countdown is a fairly low-rent example of the 'Mad Bomber' sub-genre, but the movie is not without merit...

Though the film provides few surprises, it remains a delight to see Lori Petty in a starring role for a change, and she is as watchable as ever in this movie. Her quirky presence is the film's great strength.

Add one or two tense scene's and we have a decent thriller, albeit not an overly memorable one.

Worth a rent.

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Release Date:

23 November 1996 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Serial Bomber See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA See more »

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2.35 : 1
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