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Partners: The Movie II (2010)

Aibô: Gekijô-ban II (original title)
Hostage cases are scarce. Even more scarce are they in Japan. Even further scarce are hostage cases in Japan where the confined are the police themselves. The head of the police and his ... See full summary »


Akiyoshi Kimata (as Seiji Izumi)


Masashi Todayama (screenplay), Yasuhiro Koshimizu (screenplay)


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Jun Kunimura
Takehiro Hira
Katsuhiko Sasaki Katsuhiko Sasaki
Yukiyoshi Ozawa
Kyôko Enami Kyôko Enami ... Lee (as Kyoko Enami)
Ittoku Kishibe Ittoku Kishibe ... Onoda
Ryûji Harada Ryûji Harada
Seiji Rokkaku Seiji Rokkaku ... Yonezawa
Ken Utsui Ken Utsui ... Kaneko
Manami Konishi Manami Konishi
Yutaka Mizutani Yutaka Mizutani ... Ukyo Sugishita
Shigemitsu Ogi Shigemitsu Ogi ... Iijima
Saburô Ishikura Saburô Ishikura ... Miyake
Takashi Yamanaka Takashi Yamanaka
Tatsuo Nadaka Tatsuo Nadaka ... Ichiro matsushita


Hostage cases are scarce. Even more scarce are they in Japan. Even further scarce are hostage cases in Japan where the confined are the police themselves. The head of the police and his officers are held in a conference room at the headquarters. The room is surrounded but the perpetrators and their motives are a mystery. The matter becomes even more surprising when the hostage taker is revealed as a former policeman. Written by aghaemi

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23 December 2010 (Japan) See more »

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Police and politics
19 October 2016 | by tenshi_ippikiookamiSee all my reviews

"Partners: The Movie II" is the second of the movies based on the superpopular Japanese show "Aibou". In this one, the kidnapping of some chiefs of police by a rogue ex-policeman is just the beginning for a much much bigger story that it seems at first sight.

As always with "Aibou", in the TV show or in the movies, "Partners II" is a movie with lots of talk, much politics, some mystery, and a lot of policemen trying to stop other policemen from doing their job. The show has become so popular in part because it shows a fight between trying to do the right thing and finding the truth and just accommodating to power. The movie is no exception. As a glorified episode, though, it does an amazing job. It keeps the tension thorough, it is lots of fun and all the actors are truly engaging. On top of that, it has a couple of nice surprises.

The direction is simple, and not too fancy. As said above, it could just be an extra-long episode. The plot is good, the character development too, and the acting is really good too, but Mizutani and the rest of the cast could sleepwalk through the movie and still do their job. Specially Mizutani, whose character Sugishita has had a different partner in each movie (the four of the TV show) and has over 300 episodes as the earnest policeman who will not give up.

All in all, "Partners: The Movie II" is a very interesting, enjoyable movie for anyone interested in the dark side of police and politicians' work. Totally recommended. Easier to understand and enjoy, though, if you have seen the TV show or some of the other movies and spin-offs.

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