The Japanese Embassy in London will Screen Shinobu Yaguchi’s Film “Adrenaline Drive”

This month’s film screening at the Japanese embassy is Adrenaline Drive which is a late ‘90s comedy action flick directed by Shinobu Yaguchi. Shinobu Yaguchi has made family friendly films as well as experimental ones. Waterboys (2001), Happy Flight (2008), Swing Girls (2007) and, most recently, Wood Job! (2014) are what I would see as broad comedies designed to appeal to wide audiences but as good as these are (and they are good) it’s his early experimental film The Rain Women which has me most intrigued after I wrote about it screening at the Berlin International Film Festival this year.

Adrenaline Drive Film Image

Anyway, this is a parody of action and romance movies and it contains slapstick comedy. It is held together by likeable performances from lead actors Masanobu Ando and Hikari Ishida.

Masanobu Ando should be familiar to J-film fans from his incredible performance as Shinji in Kids Return (1996) and Kiriyama in Battle Royale (2000). He has appeared in many other cult films and worked with a variety of directors and has proven himself to be a great leading man, so it is a shame he isn’t used more… Hikari Ishida is another underused actor although I must admit that the only other film I have seen her in is Séance (2000)…

Here are the details:

Adrenaline Drive   Adrenaline Drive Film Poster

アドレナリン・ドライブ Adorenarin Doraibu

Release Date: June 12th, 1999

Running Time: 112 mins.

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi

Writer: Shinobu Yaguchi (Screenplay),

Starring: Masanobu Ando, Hikari Ishida, Reila Aphrodite, Yutaka Matsushige, Taro Suwa, Kirina Mano, Kanta Ogata, Mikita Ogata,



Synopsis: After an unfortunate accident with a gangster in a black Jaguar, Adrenaline Drive FIlm Poster 2Satoru is taken to the yakuza’s lair. The thug adopts a threatening pose, ready to exact extortionate retribution. At that very moment, a violent explosion rips through the den, killing off almost the entire gang. Shizuko, a plain, timid nurse, happens to be outside the building demolished by the explosion and discovers Satoru, dazed and slightly wounded. She helps him into an ambulance. They are joined by the only other survivor, the Jaguar driver, who lies unconscious on a stretcher. All hell breaks loose. Amid the chaos, Satoru and Shizuko, acting in collusion, steal a trunk full of bloody cash and go on the run. To make matters worse, they soon find they have the Jaguar man and a gang of hooligans in hot pursuit. A fierce three-way scramble for 200 million yen now begins.

The film will be screened on Wednesday, April 27th at 18:30. Admission to the films is free but you need to register for a ticket. For more information, head to the embassy’s site.

2 thoughts on “The Japanese Embassy in London will Screen Shinobu Yaguchi’s Film “Adrenaline Drive”

  1. It’s great to see places like the Embassy doing screening events for films like this one. Surprised it’s for a parody romance/comedy film it does sound interesting I will have to check this one out!

    1. Thanks for the comment! 🙂

      The Japanese embassy has been screening films for quite some time and my friends go to see them. This is the first year that I have covered it and there’s a variety of subjects in the three films.

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