Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Stars: Okada Junichi, Tsutsumi Shinichi
The Buzz: First part of a two-part movie that concludes a popular Japanese TV series. Main lead Junichi Okada is one of the most popular young Japanese stars and a member of the band V6.
Story: Kaoru Inoue (Junichi Okada) is a security police officer in the #4 Security Section. Inoue's boss, Soichiro Ogata (Shinichi Tsutsumi) appears to be plotting with bureaucrats out to create a disturbance that will bring Japan to its knees, and tries to enlist Inoue into the group.
inSing says: Those who have watched the television series might be more familiar with the characters and situation in this Japanese thriller, but to the neophyte viewer you’re likely to just see a bunch of guys in suits. The film does give a bit of background on the two main leads Ogata and Inoue; but it’s still too little to make them 3-dimensional.
The movie’s key focus is on Inoue, a security policeman with what might be psychic powers or just a lot of hot flashes. A member of a team led by Ogata, they are the bodyguards of Japanese politicians.
The story is fairly melodramatic, though the action is decent. The movie kicks off after Inoue has one of his flashes and manages to apprehend an attack on a Minister, then falls into a long mid-section that throws up a whole bunch of characters and red tape as well as setting up the next movie.
The final third of the movie involves what some computer game players would describe as an ‘escort quest’. Inoue’s team is dispatched in the middle of the night to bring a minister to an important meeting.
Like a multi-player arcade game from the ‘80s, the team have to face off against increasingly stronger groups of enemies sent to kill the minister. The movie seems to be just a big setup for the next movie, and it all comes across as a little unsatisfying.