3 Seconds Before Explosion

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3 Seconds Before Explosion (1967, Japan) is a Crime film directed by Motomu Ida.


Main Details

  • Released in 1967
  • Color
  • Running Time: 84 Min.
  • Production Co: Nikkatsu
  • Directed by Motomu Ida
  • Written by Shuichi Nagahara, Haruhiko Ôto
  • Starring Akira Kobayashi, Hideki Takahashi, Ryoji Hayama, Ruriko Ito
  • Cinematography by Izumi Hagiwara
  • Edited by Osamu Inoue
  • Music by Seitaro Omori


A lightning-paced 60’s crime film from Japan’s Nikkatsu Studios, Three Seconds to Explosion packs enough subterfuge and action into its 84 volatile minutes to fill out a dozen pictures made anywhere else. “I like shady dealings,” purrs undercover superspy Yabuki (Akira Kobayashi – The Yakuza Papers) en route to infiltrating a sadistic, trigger-happy gang of international jewel thieves. Three Seconds to Explosion connects Nikkatsu’s “mood action” yakuza gangster films of the 50’s and 60’s to the studio’s subsequent kinky 70’s “pink films,” and is a primer in the tough, super-cool world of “no borders” exploitation cinema Nikkatsu style. (Kino)

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