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Trivia / The Bullet Train

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  • All-Star Cast: Sonny Chiba and Ken Takakura are just topping on the cake to an already star-studded cast that includes Tetsuro Tamba, Takashi Shimura, and Susumu Kurobe to name a few.
  • Follow the Leader: Toho already released a "hostage crisis on a bullet train" movie earlier in the year, called Mainline to Terror.
  • Shown Their Work: Most of the train-related bits on film accurrately reflects how the shinkansen really operates. The opening is a good example of this as it shows off the actual shinkansen control center, complete with the computer that tracks the progress of the various trains in operation. And yes, there is an actual Hikari 109 bullet train that runs from Tokyo to Hakata.
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  • The Cameo: Quite a few pop up, with Testuro Tamba as the Tokyo MPD police chief; Sonny Chiba's brother Jiro appears as another train driver who hooks up to the Hikari in order to transfer a few materials to defuse the bomb; Takashi Shimura has a brief cameo as JNR's president; and cult movie actress Yumi Takigawa cameos as an SAS staff member at the airport.

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