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MOVIE BUFFERS Message Board › Feb 14th Toyko Subway Panic

Feb 14th Toyko Subway Panic

Lancelot M.
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]Movie Info:


When a terrorist hijacks an experimental train and threatens the safety of the Japanese people, it's up to the nation's top negotiator to save the day. This entertaining spin-off of the highly-successful Bayside Shakedown series feels like a throwback to the Die Hard-inspired action flicks of the 1990s, but it also possesses an undeniable "Japanese-ness" that elevates the material in surprising ways.

The popular Bayside Shakedown franchise undergoes yet another permutation in 2005's Negotiator: Mashita Masayoshi, a thrilling, highly amusing action film that proves to be a worthy successor to the beloved series that spawned it. While the Bayside Shakedown phenomenon began as an 11-episode television series (plus three TV specials), morphed into two hit films, and produced such cinematic spin-offs as this film and The Suspect: Shinji Muroi, the franchise shows no signs of slowing down. On paper at least, the plot for Negotiator: Mashita Masayoshi seems like yet another by-the-numbers action film. Director Katsuyuki Motohiro, who also helmed the other Bayside Shakedown films, puts heavy emphasis on the characters and their interactions with one another, a touch that helps enhance the proceedings considerably.

As played by comedian Yusuke Santamaria, the film's title character is anything but a typical action hero. As Tokyo's best and apparently only police negotiator, Mashita Masayoshi has garnered a considerable amount of press. The film kicks off with Mashita addressing the media in the aftermath of the events of Bayside Shakedown 2, an appearance that ends up drawing the attention of the film's enigmatic villain. More than a year later, a crisis strikes Japan when a state-of-the-art prototype super train called the Spider E4-600 is hijacked and electronically sabotaged, causing it to wreak havoc in the labyrinthine underground railways just beneath the city of Tokyo. Police Superintendent Shinji Muroi (Toshiro Yanagiba) calls upon Mashita to handle the case, since the mystery terrorist known only as "Bullet Express" has requested Mashita's participation in this little game of cat and mouse. However, it's no ordinary game - three bombs are set to go off, but when and where? - - LoveHkFilm

Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro (Shaolin Girl, Udon, Summertime Machine Blues, Space Travelers, Bayside Shakedown 1 & 2)
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