JNC THEATER: Gorilla: Metropolitan Police Squad 8 DVD box set

Gorilla Metropolitan Police Squad 8

Strap into your gull-winged Starion, because the entire 46-episode run of Gorilla: Metropolitan Police Department Squad 8 goes on sale tomorrow, December 17. What is Gorilla: Metropolitan Police Department Squad 8? It’s an 80s cop show produced in Japan, complete with shootouts, explosions, car chases, and loads of synth music. It’s also heavily sponsored by Mitsubishi, who forked over an endless supply of triple-diamond cars for use in its action set pieces. 

Gorilla Metropolitan Police Squad 8 Mitsubishi Galant VR4

Long-time readers may know that Nissan-sponsored Seibu Keisatsu was the seminal Japanese cop show, hugely popular with enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike. Though it ended in 1984, its formula was tried repeatedly with varying degrees of success.

Gorilla: Metro Police Department 8th Squad was the most ambitious attempt at recapturing the Seibu Keisatsu magic. First of all, it starred Tetsuya Watari as squad leader Kuramoto, the exact same actor who led the cops in Seibu Keisatsu. Another Seibu star, Hiroshi Tachi, was also in the cast after a stint in Abunai Deka, an 80s cop show that starred an F31 Leopard (aka Infiniti M30).

Gorilla Metropolitan Police Squad 8 Mitsubishi Starion gullwing

Of course, no special police force can show proper menace without a fleet of customized cars, so while Seibu‘s flagship was a gull-winged S130 Fairlady Z, Gorilla had a gull-winged Mitsubishi Starion 2600GSR-VR.

Other cars included a first-generation Galant VR-4Pajero V6 3000 Metaltop Super-XL, a Mirage 1600 Cyborg, Minica walkthrough van, Eclipse 2000GS Turbo (also gull-winged!), and even a Debonair V V6 3000 Royal AMG. Above are some extended snippets that include Galant Sigma police cars, a brown Toyota Crown (driven by bad guys, of course), and an entire scene taking place inside a Mitsubishi dealership. Then you must watch this clip of a showdown between Kuramoto and a Sigma-driving kidnapper.

Gorilla Metropolitan Police Squad 8 cast

Alas, the show never reached the heights of Seibu Keisatsu‘s popularity. Still, 46 episodes were aired from April 1989 to April 1990. And starting tomorrow, you can order the full series (international orders accepted, just beware you need a region 2 player), all 1,246 minutes of gun-slinging, Mitsubishi-driving action!

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8 Responses to JNC THEATER: Gorilla: Metropolitan Police Squad 8 DVD box set

  1. Kuroneko said:

    I never knew there were that many gravel quarries in Nihon. Kakoii ne…

  2. Nigel said:

    Seems to have A Team, “cheese levels”.

  3. Aaron Cake said:

    Oh, so close! I saw that gull wing Starion and for a split second thought “No, JNC didn’t feature just feature the final vehicle needed for them to cover my automotive tastes in completion?! The SA/FB, the FC, the Cosmo, the Insight and finally the DeLorean?! Oops, on second glance it’s a gull wing Starion. Which is 86.7% as awesome. I still chose the DeLorean, but one day I will own a Starion. And this will annoy a number of people but I’d have a hard time not swapping a 13B into it.

  4. Bob said:

    But can one buy Seibu Keisatsu on DVD yet? THAT’S what I want to know, especially the earliest seasons.

    • John M said:

      Yes. I got the Part 1 set ~ 18 DVDs, 4 episodes each, but no subtitles. The plots really don’t need much translation. When I checked YAJ, there were a few sets available, but most were used from video rental stores.

  5. Censport said:

    The Starion looks so much better as a gull-wing than the S130 did. Just my opinion, of course.

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