Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro
Starring: Yuji Oda, Toshiro Yanagiba, Eri Fukatsu,
Miki Mizuno, Yusuke Esantamaria, Souichiro Kitamura, Takehiko
Ono, Satoru Saitoh, Kotaro Koizumi, Manami Konishi
RunTime: 2 hrs 8 mins
Released By: Cathay-Keris Films
Released Date: 3 Feb 2005
(Courtesy from Cathay-Keris Films):
This eagerly-awaited sequel weaves four separate story-lines
together over the course of a three day period of public holidays.
As before, its unique appeal comes from blending crime-solving
action with highly entertaining depictions of the various
characters involved. This time out there is the added attraction
of a new layer of conflict provided by the newly-introduced
Senior Superintendent, Hitomi Okita. Hitherto, the strife
between the local precinct and "head office" was
the source of much drama, but with Okita's appearance, the
local force's notion of police work is turned entirely on
its head. Having spent the last five years perfecting the
philosophy and technique of "community policing",
Sergeant Aoshima is shaken to the core by the new challenge
this woman represents.
felt unappreciated in an organization? Tied down with uninteresting
workloads and facing a one-track minded boss or supervisor
who can be demanding and unreasonable at the same time? Or
ever felt frustrated when you had great ideas to improve on
the work efficiency or fasten the work process but was met
with rigid structure of bureaucratic red tape that prevented
your ideas from turning into reality?
had shared or experienced the same type of predicament mentioned
above, you can easily relate to the hardworking, yet underappreciated
small community cops in Bayside Shakedown 2.
opening sequences, the viewers will be easily identify with
the main character, Aoshima (played by singer Yuji Oda), the
passionate detective as the likeable hero who is capable of
doing almost everything by himself but yet bound by uninteresting
cases such as a crazed stalker that goes around biting other
picks up its pace when a strange murder took place near the
Rainbow Bridge which is under the jurisdiction of the Wangan
Police Station. As the murder involved the CEO of a company,
the bigshots from Tokyo Metropolitan Police, headed by a female
cop Hitomi Okita, were assigned to move into the Wangan Police
Station to deal with the murder case. This murder case serves
as a catalyst in bringing the inefficient corporate politics
to a heated boiling point between Aoshima and Hitomi Okita,
resulting in a climatic conclusion on how to get the job done.
Singaporeans, this was the first time that I was exposed to
the Bayside Shakedown’s successful franchise. Initially
in terms of getting to know the characters, there was some
catching up to do but as the movie proceeds but it isn’t
that difficult at all. There will also be some references
to the previous movie or serial and subplots from the original
movie that appears in this sequel but it won’t be necessary
to know the show’s debut plot to enjoy this film.
past references might actually intrigue the viewer to check
out the original Bayside Shakedown to learn about the submarine
incident that happen between the lead actor and the chief.
expect stimulating exchanges of gunfights, car chases or gratuitous
violence in this film. Instead, let these hardworking cops
with hearts of gold win you over with their determination
to overcome the bureaucratic bullshit that are handed to them
in this strictly hierarchy world.
Rating: B -
by Richard Lim Jr