Bokensha Kamikaze (1982)

Run Time - 115 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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Starring in his third release in 1982 (the others were Moeru Yuja and Hoeru Tekken,) Hiroyuki Sanada plays a fighting hero one more time. In this story, he is Aki Hoshino, a pre-med student at Tozai University who becomes inspired to rip off millions (in yen) that the school collected as "special fees" from parents wanting to assure their offsprings' acceptance into the hallowed institution. Unfortunately, a current ex-employee of Tozai (and ex-Olympic gymnast) has the same idea, as does one of the region's crime bosses -- who makes off with the booty leaving Aki and the ex-employee (Shinichi Chiba -- appropriately named Daisuke Kamikaze), to form an unbeatable alliance. As they set out to retrieve the ill-gotten money from the "wrong" hands, the action lunges into fist and feet fights, rope-swinging attacks, hang-gliding, and any number of innovative challenges. The heroes are not alone in their quest; fate delivers them an ally and a love interest in the form of a female jockey, Kei Kinjo (Kumiko Akiyoshi). In this unique approach to robbery, viewers are given the chance to root for whichever thief they prefer.



bad-guy-vs-bad-guy, embezzlement, jockey, loot, love, martial-arts, rival, robbery, romance, student