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It's tempting to dismiss this fast-paced action flick as an uninspired knock-off of RUN LOLA RUN, but it was actually made two years before Tom Tykwer's dazzling high-speed race-against-time. So give this Japanese import points for originality, but not much else. Fed up with his abusive boss, and newly dumped by his cold-hearted girlfriend, Yasuda (Tomoro...read more

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It's tempting to dismiss this fast-paced action flick as an uninspired knock-off of RUN LOLA RUN, but it was actually made two years before Tom Tykwer's dazzling high-speed race-against-time. So give this Japanese import points for originality, but not much

else. Fed up with his abusive boss, and newly dumped by his cold-hearted girlfriend, Yasuda (Tomoro Taguchi) vows to show them all what sort of man he really is by pulling off a foolhardy bank heist. But on the way to the bank, Yasuda realizes that he's forgotten a mask. He makes a quick stop at a

convenience store, where he clumsily pockets a gauze surgical mask and catches the attention of the store's clerk, junkie rock singer Aizawa (Diamond Yukai). Yasuda pulls his gun, Aizawa puts up a fight, and before Yasuda quite knows what's happening, he's running through the streets of Tokyo,

relentlessly pursued by the seriously wounded — and seriously strung-out — clerk. Rushing through a crowded street, Aizawa runs right into Takeda (Shinichi Tsutsumi), a hard-boiled yakuza who once loaned Aizawa money and who now wants it back. So Takeda pulls a knife and joins the

marathon chase that stretches across Tokyo and deep into the night. While not nearly as masterful at handling timeframe as Tykwer, first-time director Sabu makes good use of lightning quick flashbacks to bring the audience up to speed on characters as they enter the scenario; even Yasuda's gun

gets a backstory. This would have made a great short, and for the first 20 minutes, everything works amazingly well. But then the film completely loses direction (fiddling with a number of subplots involving an impending gang war and police efforts to foil it) before taking a fatal detour into

Hong Kong-style gunplay for its pointlessly violent climax.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: It's tempting to dismiss this fast-paced action flick as an uninspired knock-off of RUN LOLA RUN, but it was actually made two years before Tom Tykwer's dazzling high-speed race-against-time. So give this Japanese import points for originality, but not muc… (more)

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