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Pyrokinesis (2000)

Cast: Toshiyuki Nagashima, Toshiyuki Nagashima, Kaori Momoi, more...
Director: Shusuke Kaneko, Shusuke Kaneko
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Tokyo Shock
Genre: Action, Foreign, Japan
Running Time: 115 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English
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An unwitting superheroine has an unusual way of dealing with those who have earned her wrath in a sci-fi tinged action drama from Japan. Junko (Akiko Yada) is a woman in her early twenties who discovers she has a remarkable power -- she can set things on fire with the powers of her mind. Junko's fire-starting talent most frequently manifests itself when she's angry or upset, so when Kazuki (Hideaki Ito), her boyfriend's younger sister, is kidnapped and murdered by thugs who produce violent porn videos, Junko literally gets fired up, targeting gang leader Kogure (Hidenori Tokuyama) for some high-temperature street justice. Much to her surprise, however, Junko learns that there's more to Kazuki's murder than she ever imagined; she also discovers she's not the only one with pyrokinetic abilities. Krosufaia was directed by Shusuke Kaneko, who had previous experience with flaming creatures, having directed several films starring the jet-propelled turtle Gamera. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Pyrokinesis sizzles by manfarang October 14, 2003 - 8:14 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Alas, I must respectfully disagree with the other review. Pyrokinesis (Japanese title: Pyrokinesis: Cross-Fire) surprised me by being much better than the run-of-the mill Japanese supernatural thriller. The plot is quite a bit more complicated than the brief film summary - perhaps a bit TOO complicated as there are a lot of plot twists and characters crammed into the film. I did get the feeling that either some scenes were cut or the script was rushed as the subplot regarding the vigilante "Guardians" was given very short shrift to the extent that some of the end-of-the-film revelations come off more as "Huh?" rather than "So THAT explains it." The film has good pacing and the actors do a convincing job. Akiko Yada in particular is very good as the pyrokinetic heroine. (Although I also like the Gamera movies, I don't think it's fair to compare her with a giant turtle that levels cities and propels itself with fire coming out of its butt.) Pyrokinesis is a good blend of drama and action - definitely the best pyrokinetic film that I have seen.

I do have a question though - why is it that in so many Japanese films the cops seem to speak only in non sequiters?

Never really catches fire by ColonelKong October 14, 2003 - 7:41 AM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I found this Firestarter-type movie (it's also a little bit like Brian De Palma's The Fury) from Shusuke Kaneko (director of the excellent 90s Gamera trilogy) to be reasonably well made, but overall, a bit dull. This film was made by Kaneko after the Gamera trilogy, and unfortunately, he did not have two of the most important people involved with those films on board for this one: writer Kazunori Ito (Ghost in The Shell, Avalon, Pistol Opera) and SFX director Shinji Higuchi. (Gamera trilogy actress Ayako Fujitani has a blank-and-you'll-miss-it cameo as a waitress) At 115 minutes, this film felt a bit long to me, and while it has a fairly good climactic scene (although it really could've used Gamera, what movie couldn't?), what leads up to it is mostly fairly dull.

I'd really only recommend Pyrokinesis to those who, like me, loved Kaneko's Gamera trilogy (I think that they're the best kaijyu movies since the 60s) and are curious about seeing more of his directorial work.

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