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      2002 1h 40m Comedy Drama List
      Reviews 72% Audience Score 250+ Ratings During a carjacking, three masked thieves (Ren Ôsugi, Masanobu Andô) force a salesman (Shinichi Tsutsumi) to follow a gang member who betrayed them. Read More Read Less

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      G. Allen Johnson San Francisco Chronicle If you haven't entered the eccentric comic world of the filmmaker known as Sabu (nee Hiroyuki Tanaka), Drive is an excellent starting point, even if it seems it could have been a little stronger. Rated: 3/4 May 6, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Un des meilleurs "Road movie", plein d' humour, de très chouettes messages, Une belle histoire sans prétention comme on aimerait en voir plus souvent. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Brilliant flow of unlikely events. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Directed under the moniker Sabu, this is part of his company man cycle featuring Shinichi Tsutsumi as a hapless everyman who must rise to the occasion in unexpected circumstances. Striking visuals, dark humor and flashy action earmark even his early works. Other films in this theme include Unlucky Monkey Postman Blues and Monday (a personal favorite). His later works are a bit more mainstream, for example Hardluck Hero starring members of the Boy Band V6, but have similar themes and the same snappy editing. I have yet to see a Sabu (Hiroyuki Tanaka) film that did not knock me flat. One of my favorite directors, without a doubt. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member If Tarantino ever made a film in Japan, this would be it. Hiroyuki Tanaka (AKA Sabu) is known to be a great director in Japan and he showed me why with this film.<p>I don't really know how to explain the story, but if you see the plot synopsis "A salaryman is hijacked by bank robbers," that is just the tip of the iceberg. Similarly to Tarantino's <i>Pulp Fiction</i> or <i>Kill Bill: Volume 2</i>, without the jumping around, the story unfolds itself as the movie goes on. Characters come and go, as the main character gets stuck traveling with these bank robbers. I have to say that this is not an action film as some may come to believe, but it is rather a slow-paced adventure movie. Director Sabu uses some great cinematography and well-written dialogue to keep you from getting bored, also similar to Tarantino. What keeps this film from being really great is the fact that there are some weird segments that can be somewhat of a challenge to follow. It isn't so bad though, especially if you've seen a film called <i>Pistol Opera</i>.</p><p>The acting is pretty good and some characters put on some partially memorable performances. I was happy to see an appearance by Kou Shibasaki, but that is pretty much all it was. I would have liked to have seen more of her.</p><p>This may not be an action packed driving movie, but this film may actually surprise some people, like me. Tarantino fans may want to give it a try, but I can't guarantee that they will enjoy it, since it is not exactly similar. Still, I don't think they will regret seeing this. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member I can't remember this film very well.. but Sabu's films are just like that.. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member A modern oddball parable of four men at different stages of life finding naturally that their fates extend beyond the disillusionment of materialism into the niche of purpose. A film about the struggle to find personal fulfillment and identity in the midst of Japanese society. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis During a carjacking, three masked thieves (Ren Ôsugi, Masanobu Andô) force a salesman (Shinichi Tsutsumi) to follow a gang member who betrayed them.
      Takahito Kashino, Norihiko Tani, Naoyuki Sakagami
      Comedy, Drama
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      1h 40m
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