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3 Seconds Before Explosion

3.0 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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STARRING JAPANESE SUPERSTAR AKIRA KOBAYASHI (BLACK TIGHT KILLERS and ROUGHNECK)

A lightning-paced 60 s crime film from Japan s Nikkatsu Studios, Three Seconds to Explosion packs enough subterfuge and action into its 84 volatile minutes to fill out a dozen pictures made anywhere else. (I like shady dealings,) purrs undercover superspy Yabuki (Akira Kobayashi The Yakuza Papers) en route to infiltrating a sadistic, trigger-happy gang of international jewel thieves. Gone renegade from the shadowy espionage bureau that honed his killer instincts to a razor s edge, the implacable Yabuki teams up with fellow mercenary crime fighter Yamawaki (Hideki Takahashi Fighting Elegy). Together, they follow a trail of stolen gems leading from the final days of WWII to a contemporary conspiracy that reaches into the highest corridors of corporate power and nefarious international villainy. A widescreen whirlwind of sharkskin thread, revenge-crazed assassins, ticking time bombs, deadly booby traps, and triple-crossing lingerie-clad femme fatales, Three Seconds to Explosion connects Nikkatsu s (mood action) yakuza gangster films of the 50 s and 60 s to the studio s subsequent kinky 70 s (pink films,) and is a primer in the tough, super-cool world of no borders exploitation cinema Nikkatsu style.

1967 Japan 84 min. Color In Japanese with Optional English Subtitles Letterboxed (2.35:1) Enhanced for 16x9 TVs

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Product Details

  • Actors: Akira Kobayashi, Ryoji Hayama
  • Directors: Motomu Ida
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: May 19, 2009
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001U1RM2W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,204 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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If you're in the right mood, you might consider "3 Seconds Before Explosion" to be a masterpiece. A classic 1960s Nikkatsu blend of gangster gunplay, martial arts, melodrama, and Bond-style espionage, it's basically a few dozen other movies rolled into one. Don't bother to give it points for depth, originality, or subtlety (because it doesn't have any); just sit back and enjoy the ride. And please shut down your intellect!
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I'm spoiled because I've seen a lot of old Japanese flicks. I may have given this 3 1/2 stars. If you're into the sixties/ seventies Japanese movies, this one is worth it. Lots of action, spy stuff, etc.
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I love Asian cinema. A lot of these films were before I was born. To be able to see them is a wonderful thing.
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Definitely worth a look-see for fans of unique action films.
And the action in "3 Seconds Before Explosion" NEVER stops.
Which is not to say it's short on plot, story line or character development.
It also boasts a talented cast, cinematography and overall production values.
The violence ( although plentiful) is not as extreme as contemporary films.
However, far from detracting from the film, it actually lends an air of sophistication to the proceedings
that is missing from so many action films today.
And the title?
Well, THAT would be a "spoiler."
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Couldn't make it through the movie. Not as action packed as the write up made it seem.
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If you enjoy seeing Yakusa blow one another up, beat up women and using a woman and dog to test mine fields, this movie is for you.
There is nothing I can think of to reedem this movie. It's just bad acting, direction and confusing plot with too many undistinguishable characters. The so called "hero" is so inept, he has to be rescued by a former friend turned enemy. Don't waste your time on this one.
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