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  • Actors: Masanobu Andô, Reila Aphrodite, Hikari Ishida, Kirina Mano, Yutaka Matsushige
  • Directors: Shinobu Yaguchi
  • Writers: Shinobu Yaguchi
  • Producers: Kiyoshi Mizokami
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • VHS Release Date: June 26, 2001
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005IB9D
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #959,830 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This parody of popular Japanese teenage girls' romances includes slapstick in a comedy of robbers versus robbers. When a gas leak explodes at a yakuza's headquarters, a shy, timid nurse and a meek rental car clerk gain possession of a briefcase of blood-soaked money. The rest is chase and escape, as the nurse is transformed to glamorous heroine and outsmarts the gangsters eager to recover the loot.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Trae Dorn on February 16, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I want to make that clear - this is *not* a romantic comedy, or an action flick.
It's a comedy. There is a romantic connection between the two main characters. But this is not a romantic comedy.
What this is, is a comedic chase movie. And it's a friggin' good one. Our heroes are the hapless Japanese stereotypical main characters: Both weak willed, and without backbone. They find themselves in possession of the equivalent of several million dollars in Yakuza cash... stolen from a gang that they think has been wiped out.
"Think" is the key word in that sentence. Why? Because one man who refuses to die (no matter how hard anyone tries) and six Yakuza in training are left... and they're hot on our heroes' trail.
Not a perfect film, but one that you can watch again and again. I will warn you that if you're expecting pulse pounding excitement, you're barking up the wrong alley. This is first and foremost a comedy, and nothing else. Don't expect anything to blow up (I mean on screen, the explosion of the Yakuza headquarters takes place *offscreen*), don't expect shoot outs, and don't expect dramatic car chases either.
Expect just to see something funny.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michelynn on November 30, 2005
Format: DVD
'Adrenaline Drive' revolves around two young pushovers - Satoru, who delivers rental cars, and Shizuko, a shy nurse. Satoru's boss uses him as a scapegoat when they have a slight run-in with Kuroiwa, a sterotypical Yakuza thug, and Satoru is taken back to gang headquarters for slight torture and extortion. Another yakuza member mistakes Satoru for a new recruit, and he accidentally blows up the building (gas stoves, gotta watch out for them!). Shizuko hears the explosion while on a snack break, and, like the dutiful nurse she is, proceeds to help out the rescuers. One yakuza (Kuroiwa, of course) remains tentatively alive, and during the ambulance ride, he causes a wreck in an attempt to escape. Satoru and Shizuko escape, leaving Kuroiwa for dead, taking with them the cash from the yakuza stash.

Our unlikely heros are then forced to flee remaining gang members (after literally "laundering" the cash) and the first of many ridiculous chases ensues.

Simple plot, but the unexaggerated and sypathetic characters make this movie quite enjoyable. Even the yakuza members come across as understandable... though they are violent, no true intent to harm comes across. The interaction between Kuroiwa and the head nurse at Shizuko's hospital proves especially ludicrous. Overall, don't expect any philosophy from this film, just relax and enjoy...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By frostblade0 on July 21, 2002
Format: DVD
Adrenaline Drive really is a great comedy. To some, the pace of the movie may be a bit too slow, but it really is worth it. The jokes and stunts in this piece of farce are fresh and will keep you smiling. The characters are highly entertaining and unlike some movies where you could care less about the main characters, Adrenaline Drive successfully portrays their characters in a way that makes you want them to succeed. The plot is basically this: Suzuki is a corporate worker who can't stand up to his boss and Shizuko is a shy, withdrawn nurse who wants a change in her life. Through a series of events including a fender bender, gas explosion, underwater ambulance chase and more, Suzuki and Shizuko are thrown together with a LOAD of yakuza (gangster) money. Their wacky and charming adventures ensue. This is a romantic comedy that will keep you hooked til the end. :D
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Betsie on July 26, 2001
Format: DVD
If you stumbled into a gang war, met a beautiful girl, and uncovered a gangster's stash, what would you do? Take the yen and run! This fun comedy reminds me slightly of Guy Ritchie's films, but the main characters are a couple of young kids who just figure, it's time for the good guys to win. They are followed by a group of hapless teenage thugs who inspire more chuckles than fear, and the gangster himself, who they thought was dead. On the lam with the loot, the young couple grudgingly work together, and.....well, it IS a romantic comedy! Well acted, cleverly shot, wonderfully written, this film is a must-see!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 2001
Format: DVD
I really wasn't sure what to expect when I saw this film, but the box cover was so excellant that I had to check it out. This is the first independent japaneese film that I've ever watched and I really liked it. Everything about the film is original from the writing, plot, characters, directing. The great thing about "adrenaline drive" is that you don't need to be japaneese to appreiciate it. The characters are very likable and you care what happens to them. Excellent film, worth renting or adding to your dvd collection.
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The breezy comedy caper "Adrenaline Drive" is a lightweight adventure from Japan. Like a fluffy cotton candy, this incredibly sweet treat is an enjoyable concoction--but it's not particularly filling in the long run. Don't get me wrong, I admired "Adrenaline Drive" and recommend it--but it's a film best approached with limited or no expectations. Part romance, part mob story, part road picture and all comedy--"Drive" has charm to spare and the more frantic the pace, the more frenetic the plotting, the more likely you are to just go with the flow. This pleasant little trifle had me smiling continuously as it became more and more absurd!

When sad sack Suzuki (Masanobu Ando) has a run in with a local gangster, it looks like his already meager livelihood is headed south. Through a fluke, or perhaps fate, an accident disables much of the gang and forces Suzuki to flee with a wad of mob money. A young nurse (Hikari Ishida) aids in his escape, and this meek duo takes to the road to avoid being pursued. The comically injured mob boss is hot on their heels, and a group of young punks (also affiliated with the mob) hope to beat their superior to the punch. The rest of the picture plays as a chase, with the some light romance, as the various parties collide into each other in increasingly convoluted ways.

Seriously, the charm of "Adrenaline Drive" rests with the laconic and likable Ando and the plucky Ishida. The film itself is situationally funny--I particularly loved a sequence where Ishida has her bag stolen after a romantic dinner gone awry--and the film has twists and turns to spare. But the real glue is provided from the lead characters. If you don't care for them, the film wouldn't work! And truthfully, it's hard not to like them.
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