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Adrenaline Drive

Released May 5, 1999 1h 52m Comedy List
76% Tomatometer 21 Reviews 68% Audience Score 250+ Ratings After an accident with a black Jaguar, a meek and indecisive rental car clerk is forced to visit the Yakuza's lair. The thug is ready for revenge when a violent explosion kills off his whole gang -- almost. The clerk falls in love with a nurse at the hospital, and together they dodge the Yakuza's vengeance. Read More Read Less

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Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly Rated: B+ Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle Rated: 3/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle Rated: 3/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Thom Bennett Film Journal International Stirs up about as much adrenaline as a good nap. Mar 1, 2007 Full Review Ted Murphy Murphy's Movie Reviews The film's humor arises mostly out of the flouting of Japanese social codes which admittedly don't necessarily translate to belly laughs for American audiences. Some of the supporting roles are played broadly and the seemingly indomitable bad guy is one o Rated: C+ Jan 11, 2007 Full Review MaryAnn Johanson Flick Filosopher [A] sweet and clever little comedy. It's mostly nothing we haven't seen before, but director Shinobu Yaguchi keeps the action rolling and the audience chuckling... Nov 10, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member This Japanese romantic comedy is an enjoyable movie to watch. It was apparently made as a satire of 'girl's romances' popular in Japan but that aspect was lost on me. For me it was just a crime comedy and a pretty good one. "Adrenaline" in the title seems to imply a faster action pace than this film moves at, but that somewhat slower pace gives plenty of time to get to know and like (even to like the "bad guys") the characters. Very well written and well acted, it isn't any great story but it was fun to watch. I would recommend it as good, fun viewing. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Meandering but charming. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Frances H What a cute little movie! The guy and girl are so adorably naive and the yakuza underlings so so "dumb and dumber." They remind me of the Monkees. Love the "money laundering" (literally) scene. Really enjoyable comedy. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 05/10/14 Full Review Audience Member a personal favorite, showed to me by my japanese teacher in high school. made me realize that japanese films are fucking awesome. or sometimes just totally weird. but usually pretty fucking awesome Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member A caper without the title-promised adrenaline. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member A cute and zany Japanese comedy where two disparate slackers ultimately fall in love while on the run from the yakuza with a suitcase of cash. Good natured and fun, even if it is a bit long in the tooth. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis After an accident with a black Jaguar, a meek and indecisive rental car clerk is forced to visit the Yakuza's lair. The thug is ready for revenge when a violent explosion kills off his whole gang -- almost. The clerk falls in love with a nurse at the hospital, and together they dodge the Yakuza's vengeance.
Director
Shinobu Yaguchi
Producer
Kiyoshi Mizokami, Kenichi Itaya, Tomohiro Kobayashi
Screenwriter
Shinobu Yaguchi
Distributor
Shooting Gallery
Production Co
Kindai Eiga Kyokai
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
Japanese
Release Date (Theaters)
May 5, 1999, Wide
Release Date (DVD)
Jun 26, 2001
Box Office (Gross USA)
$77.3K
Runtime
1h 52m
Sound Mix
Dolby Stereo
Aspect Ratio
Flat (1.85:1)