May 26, 2006


HATSUKOI, the story of Japan's biggest bank robbery, is a big budget period movie getting ready to hit Japanese screens, and it stars Aoi Miyazaki of NANA as the high school girl behind the crime.

You can see a good-looking trailer here and despite the sentimentality and swooping J-pop angst this looks really good. Great riot scenes and good character design, plus one of the funniest blows to the head I've seen in a long time = anticipation.

Does anyone know if this is the same crime that was covered in the last year's LADY JOKER?

May 26, 2006 at 12:21 PM in Trailers | Permalink


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yeah, watched this trailer and the one for 'death note' at apple during the last week - both look good solid comemercial-sheen movies, with 'hatsukoi' getting a little more interest from me due to my slight fetish for crime movies... fingers crossed we actually get to see it.

Posted by: logboy | May 27, 2006 12:49:54 AM

Lady Joker's extortion and kidnapping storyline was partly inspired by the unsolved 1984 Glico-Morinaga case, whereas Hatsukoi is based around the 1968 robbery of 30 million yen from a cash transport car, which also remains unsolved.

Posted by: Don | May 30, 2006 7:43:44 AM

Thanks, Don. Being unfamiliar with Japanese crime I saw the teenaged girl with the eyepatch in LADY JOKER and in HATSUKOI and instantly made a connection.

Posted by: Grady Hendrix | May 30, 2006 9:23:32 AM

Sorry, make that 300 million yen. Big numbers in Japanese always throw me.

Posted by: Don | May 30, 2006 5:22:34 PM

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