|The Bullet Train|
Director: Junya Sato
Cast: Ken Takakura, Sonny Chiba, Ken Utsui, Fumio Watanabe
The Bullet Train (Shinkansen daibakuha, or "Big Blast on the Bullet Train," 1975) is an all-star disaster epic with one great original idea and about a two hundred and fifty unoriginal ones. Ken Takakura stars as poker-faced terrorist Tetsuo Okita, who with three collaborators plant a bomb aboard Hikari 109, the Super Express Bullet Train bound for Hakata from Tokyo.
Tetsuo Okita (Ken Takakura) has fallen on hard times over the past year with his business going bankrupt and his wife leaving him. Okita concocts a plan to solve his financial problems and with the help of two of his former workers who have remained by his side during these hard times. They have attached a bomb on Hikeri 109 bullet train that will go off if the train ever goes below 80 mph after the train has started.
They contact the authorities with their 1.5 billion yen ransom demand and too prove that they aren’t bluffing they have attached a similar bomb to a cargo train. To save them some time the authorities tell the lead conductor Aoki (Sonny Chiba) to keep the train at a speed of about 120 mph which will give them about ten hours to defuse the bomb before the train reaches its final destination.
1975 Color Widescreen 115 Mins.
Japanese with English subtitles.