Film #75: THREE SECONDS BEFORE EXPLOSION
Three Seconds Before The Explosion
3 out of 5 stars
Back in 1967, it seemed like every crime film had a little - and in some cases a LOT - James Bond influence to them. The cars were fast (and small), the women were a ‘60s era version of the femme fatale, and the men were smooth talkin’, hard drinkin’, and knew a thing or two about throwin’ a punch. As the decade wore on, that influence drifted East and it wasn’t long before the Japanese were hard at work at making movies like that. This one, starring pop star Akira Kobayashi (KANTO WANDERER and RUSTY KNIFE) & Hideki Takahashi (TATTOOED LIFE and FIGHTING ELEGY), is not a bad little flick. While it is somewhat dated, there are enough twists and turns to its plot to hold one’s interest and it offers a neat sketch of how the Japanese viewed (what was at the time) modern crime thrillers. The acting is suitably earnest and the directionscript are competent. The film won’t knock your socks off, but it is a fun - and culturally informative - way to spend an afternoon.
Please pardon the video below.
While it shows scenes from the film, it's been recut with different music and, well... it's a bit silly. Not exactly indicative of the tone of the film, but it was all I could find.