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Kamikaze 89 (1982)

Kamikaze 1989 (original title)
Not Rated | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 16 July 1982 (West Germany)
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In a totalitarian society of the future, in which the government controls all facets of the media, a homicide detective investigates a string of bombings, and finds out more than he bargained for.

Director:

Wolf Gremm
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rainer Werner Fassbinder ... Polizeileutnant Jansen
Günther Kaufmann ... MK1 Anton
Boy Gobert ... Konzernchef
Arnold Marquis ... Polizeipräsident
Richy Müller ... Neffe
Nicole Heesters ... Barbara
Brigitte Mira ... Personaldirektorin
Jörg Holm Jörg Holm ... Vizepräsident
Hans Wyprächtiger Hans Wyprächtiger ... Zerling
Petra Jokisch Petra Jokisch ... Elena Farr
Andreas Mannkopff Andreas Mannkopff ... Wechselschichtregisseur
Ute Koska Ute Koska ... Polizeiärztin (as Ute Fitz-Koska)
Frank Ripploh Frank Ripploh ... Gangster
Hans-Eckart Eckhardt ... Polizist
Christoph Baumann Christoph Baumann ... Kriminalpolizist
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In the near future where "the combine" controls television and news, a bomb threat brings super cop Jansen to the combine's headquarters. Nothing happens, but his boss gives him four days to solve the hoax. Odd things occur: on day one there's a murder at the combine; vague references to the combine's enemy, Krysmopompas, appear; the nephew of the combine's boss confesses to the bomb threat, although he didn't do it. Jansen stays focused, interviewing employees who received special awards (printed on the paper used for the bomb threat). Is he onto something big or was the bomb threat just a prank? And what is this 31st floor rumored hidden in the 30-story combine headquarters? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Promo material for the U.S. release gave the title as "Kamikaze '89" but the title on the film itself gave the title as "Kamikaze 1989". See more »

Goofs

The movie claims 27 September 1989 to be a Monday, but that day was a Wednesday. (The movie plays in 1989, as the title and a spoken intro make clear. The supposed explosion in the beginning of the movie was planned to take place on September 23, as Jansen points out. The chief of the police then urges Jansen to solve the case within for days, saying "until Monday afternoon", which would be September 27.) See more »

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Absurdist exercise in retrofuturism.
5 November 2019 | by simonesecciSee all my reviews

A movie worth seeing for none other that three main reasons: The absurdist exercise in retrofuturism. The drunkenly charming performance of Fassbinder. The colorful anarchism of a production design that rewrites all the rules of what was then known as cyberpunk. The movie with his unbridled and convoluted plot owes way more to William Burroughs than William Gibson. The satire, in this unique cinematographic experience is more a direction chosen by director Wolf Gremm, than a clearly defined series of remarks that one can extract or decipher in the script. It is certainly witty and doesn't take itself seriously but you will hardly find any classically intended humour in the short and surreal lines of the actors. However this is the true strength of the movie and what allows it, to stand the test of time.


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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

16 July 1982 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Kamikaze 89 See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,613, 5 June 2016

Gross USA:

$22,440

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,440
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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