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Director:: Shinobu Yaguchi
Genre:: Comedy
Japan | 1999 | 35mm | 111 Min. | Japanese



Cast and Credits

Screenwriter: Shinobu Yaguchi
Cinematography: Takeshi Hamada
Score: Seiichi Yamamoto & Rashinban
Sound: Masatoshi Yokomizo
Editor: Shinobu Yaguchi
Producer: Kiyoshi Mizokami


Cast: Masanobu Ando, Hikari Ishida, Kirina Mano,
Yu Tokui, Kazue Matsugae, Jovi Jova






After an unfortunate accident with a gangster in a black Jaguar, Suzuki, a meek and indecisive rental car clerk, is forced to visit the yakuza’s lair. The thug stands up ready to exact retribution by breaking all of Suzuki’s fingers when a violent explosion rips through the den, killing off the whole gang... almost. Meanwhile, Shizuko, a plain, timid nurse, is stuck behind her glasses on the night shift at a local hospital. The other nurses on the shift tease her relentlessly, driving her to seek refuge at the local convenience store where she dreams of the ‘new self’ predicted by her horoscope. Called to the ruined building by the explosion, Shizuko discovers Suzuki, dazed and slightly wounded. She helps him into an ambulance. They are joined by the only other survivor, the Jaguar driver, who hovers near death, lying unconscious on a stretcher... Suddenly, all hell breaks loose. Soon Suzuki and Shizuko are on the run with a trunk full of bloody cash, and the mobster and a bunch of hapless hooligans in hot pursuit ... Working with two of Japan’s hottest young stars, Yaguchi injects a compelling dose of reality into the increasingly absurd situations laid out by his script. Masanobu Ando who debuted as the star of Takeshi Kitano’s Kid’s Return delivers a smashing performance as a loser emerging from his shell. Hikari Ishida, a television star, is his perfect foil. She sheds her nervy glasses and meek behaviour faster than you can yell ‘take the money and run’. Written, edited and directed by Japan’s master of wry comedy, Adrenaline Drive is a sly cocktail of sardonic social commentary and dry martini wit. Beware, you may find yourself drowning in laughter.



About Director

Shinobu Yaguchi was born in 1967 and enrolled in the Tokyo University of Art and Design as a design major, but he soon launched his career as a filmmaker. While turning out a number of 8mm and video works, Yaguchi took on part time jobs at film studios as an assistant to the production designer. In 1990, he received the Grand Prize at the Pia Film Festival for his 8mm Amo-Onna / Rain Woman. Yaguchi's first feature film was Down the Drain which was made on a Pia Film Festival's scholarship program. His second feature film, My Secret Cache, was shown during the International Forum of New Cinema in Berlin in 1997.




1986: Frustrater
1987: Kaikisen / The Tropics
1989: Asaki Yumemishi / Flimsy Dreams, Suisen Terebi / The Water Capped TV
1990: Ame Onna / Rain Woman
1992: Hadashi No Picnic / Down the Drain
1996: Himitsu no hanazono / My Secret Cache
1999: Adrenaline Drive
1999: One Piece
2001: Waterboys
2002: Parco Fiction
2004: Swing Girls
2008: Happy Flight






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