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Hatsujô kateikyôshi: Sensei no aijiru (2003)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Mitsuru Meike

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Takao Nakano

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Credited cast:
Kyôko Hayami Kyôko Hayami ... Kayoko Saeki
Kikujirô Honda Kikujirô Honda ... Drunken Cop
Yukijirô Hotaru Yukijirô Hotaru ... Toshio Saeki
Yûichi Ishikawa Yûichi Ishikawa ... Surfer (as Yuichi Ishikawa)
Takeshi Itô Takeshi Itô ... Kim
Yôta Kawase Yôta Kawase ... Young Man (Imekura Customer)
Yoshimi Kinuta Yoshimi Kinuta ... Death Squad Member
Takashi Kobayashi Takashi Kobayashi ... Cafe Manager
Shinji Kubo Shinji Kubo ... President George W. Bush
Emi Kuroda Emi Kuroda ... Sachiko
Masataka Matsubara Masataka Matsubara ... Manager
Tetsuaki Matsue Tetsuaki Matsue ... Mamoru Saeki
Kanae Mizuhara Kanae Mizuhara ... Secretary
Yûji Motoi Yûji Motoi ... Man in Black - A
Masayoshi Nogami 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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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

14 October 2003 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,787, 13 April 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,994, 29 April 2007
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Not great, but far superior to your average sex film
7 February 2009 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

This movie has generally been panned in the US by people who insist on approaching it entirely as a political satire. It is somewhat lame in that respect with a bizarro plot about a bubble-headed prostitute, "Sachiko Hanai" who turns into a super-genius after she is shot in the head, and then becomes embroiled in a plot by the North Koreans and Japanese Yakuza to use a cloned, disembodied finger of George W. Bush to start WWIII. (Bush, of course, is a very easy international target, but the scene where his finger sexually assaults the heroine would have been far more believable frankly if it was Bill Clinton's cloned finger).

As a nuclear-themed political satire, this is not going to make anybody forget about "Dr. Strangelove", but it's important to remember that this is basically a sex film. "Sachiko Hanai" is a lot more sexy and spends a lot more time naked than Peter Sellers in his three roles in "Dr. Strangelove". And the scene where she throws hot sex on a middle-aged college professor while they discuss Kirkegaard and Noam Chomsky may not be the most clever satire imaginable, but by the very lame international standards of comedy in sex films, it's positively brilliant.

This is a latter-day Japanese "pink" film, which is about the only genre left anywhere in the world where you have erotic films with ANYTHING of interest in them beyond the sex. If you want clever political satire, there's certainly much better movies than this. On the other hand, if you're nothing but a hairy-palmed, ceiling painter, the plot here, and the (somewhat) non-graphic sex, will no doubt only serve to distract you from the matter at, um, hand. There is always a place though as far as I'm concerned for a film like this that is decently made (relatively speaking, of course) and that combines sex appeal with something that is at least a little more interesting.


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