critics have written "Abunai Deka was inspired by the
International success of Lethal Weapon, also released in 1987."
However, it should be noted: even though the two movies were released
in the same year, this Japanese film was a big screen version of a hit
TV series that began two years prior.
is filmmaker Yasuhau Hasebe's pop art masterpiece set in the glitzy-yet-lurid
city of Yokohama, the eye-popping Babylon just south of Tokyo. The movie
includes [mostly] the same cast as the television series. Cop buddies
Yuji Oshita (Kyohei Shibata) and Toshiki Takayama (Hiroshi Tachi) are
front and center as the eccentric partners. They are the very definition
of COOL, with their slick hair, classy suits,
sunglasses and - of course - naughty personalities. This New Wave police
actioner gave birth to many more copycats (including Chusei Sone's
GUN LADY: BRANCH 82) as well as seven official sequels [ending with
Saraba Abunai Deka (Farwell Dangerous Cops) in 2016] all
starring the Shibata/Tachi team.
plot isn't really that important [two cops search for the killer of
a doctor], rather this film relies on the central theme. Two
self-obsessed, anti-establishment (yet charming) detectives step into
one thrill sequence after another as they try to solve their assigned