Friday Video: The Original Japanese Version of Speed


A runaway city bus careens through the streets after the driver is shot. The police can’t do anything for fear of triggering the explosive device stowed on board. Only one renegade cop can leap onto the bus from another moving vehicle as they charge past swarms of patrol cars.

You might think this is the plot of the 1994 blockbuster Speed, but no. Our favorite Japanese cop show, Seibu Keisatsu, came up with this premise decades before Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock made puppy eyes at each other at 55 miles per hour.

The only thing missing is an insane, one-armed Dennis Hopper but hey, there’s a Hino dump truck and a metric buttload of Nissan Cedrics, so, fair trade?

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Hat tip to cesariojpn.

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9 Responses to Friday Video: The Original Japanese Version of Speed

  1. banpei said:

    Nice one! :)
    The uniformed lady is a big plus compared to Sandra Bullock. :D
    And to be honest: I don’t miss the bus jumping like it did in Speed. ;)

    BTW: all those Cedrics have slotmags! Pretty expensive wheels for a policecar! :D

  2. Jimbo said:

    Sweet! The slotmags are the best. My favorite part is the oblivious kids crossing in front of the careening bus and fleet of cop cars. You would think they might have noticed them.

  3. If I’m not mistaken Dennis Hopper wasn’t one armed. He only had one thumb.

  4. Brad D. (TSiSS350) said:

    So no one on the bus knows how to use a brake? Other than that, pretty entertaining, lol!

  5. You can’t use the brake, the Bus will explode.

  6. James said:

    Heres’ a good one too with an RX3, Crown, etc. Looks like Mazda floats better than Toyota !

  7. Ben said:

    James, beat ya to it ;) http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/blog/2009/01/30/car-chase-combat-toyota-corona-vs-mazda-rx-3/

    Good eye for those that noticed the slot mags. Seibu Keisatsu was sponsored by Enkei, and those are original Enkei Dish wheels. They were discontinued for a while, but Mooneyes brought them back a couple of years ago.

    http://www.mooneyes.co.jp/english/enkeidish.html

  8. GEN2TWINCAM said:

    If I remeber correctly, a Metric Buttload is roughly equal to a US or Imperial Buttload. This was one of the questions on the PE exam.

    At any rate, that’s a HOLE lot of Cedrics!

  9. vballin said:

    I was looking forward to them jumping the bus across a 100 ft gap =(

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