2 Fast 2 Forever #321 – The Bullet Train (1975)
We’re headed back to 1970s Japan with the resident historian Mike Manzi to talk about the inspiration for Speed: The Bullet Train! After learning about Mike’s favorite vehicles, we hop aboard a train that can’t go below 80 KPH to discuss another great title card, what might be cut from the Japanese version of the film, and the way the movie can create tension from a bunch of guys in a room. (Editor’s Note: Only in retrospect did Joey realize that, yes, what he loved about this movie is exactly what he hated about Oppenheimer.) We discuss ways we think The Bullet Train could have been better, unpack a potential connection to another movie, and compare/contrast this movie with Speed. Joe talks about how Tokyo bus drivers and train conductors are nerds. Joey talks about Taylor Swift.
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Intro music by Nico Vasilo. Interlude and outro music by Wes Hampton.
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