Writer-director Keoni Waxman's tediously formulaic action picture pits an American cop against a Japanese Detective over bomber's catch-me-if-you-can antics. Federal agent Sara Daniels (Lori Petty), who's in the awkward position of having to take orders from her ex-husband, FBI profiler Michael Killip (James LeGros), is in no mood to put up with outside interference in her current case. A serial bomber is terrorizing Seattle, targeting Japanese tycoons working in the US. Detective Yoko Suginara (Yuki Amami) arrives from Japan and starts tugging at Daniels' sleeve about a Japanese national named Kaori Ozaki (Kaoru Hatsuse), and though she's irritated by having to help babysit for Suginara, she soon discovers that the madman isn't the right-wing racist she'd assumed. In fact, the bomber, whose name is Chris Murdock (Jason London), is seething over Suginara's mission to return Ozaki to her wealthy father in Japan. Murdock is deeply in love with Ozaki, but her father disapproved and directed his American-based cronies to break up the romance; Murdock has been systematically punishing them. Still determined to reunite with Ozaki, Murdock even attacks Ozaki's FBI escort. As the body count rises, Daniels and Suginara must set aside their mutual hostility and figure out a way to needle the bomber into making a mistake. Although Ozaki has been uncooperative, she begins to fear her boyfriend's passion. Since the FBI has joined Mr. Ozaki's associates in interfering with his love life, Murdock plants a bomb somewhere in Seattle and goads them FBI into searching for it. As reunion with Ozaki seems increasingly unlikely, Murdock turns his full fury on Daniels, kidnapping her mother. Despite the frequent explosions this purported thriller is thrill-free.
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- Released: 1996
- Rating: R
- Review: Writer-director Keoni Waxman's tediously formulaic action picture pits an American cop against a Japanese Detective over bomber's catch-me-if-you-can antics. Federal agent Sara Daniels (Lori Petty), who's in the awkward position of having to take orders fr… (more)