Midnight Eagle (Middonaito ╬guru)
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When a nuclear-equipped, stealth-type American strategic bomber code-named Midnight Eagle bursts into flames during a routine training flight over the Northern Alps, an ex-war photographer-turned-nature-loving shutterbug attempts to prevent the missing weapons from falling into enemy hands. Based on author Tetsuo Takashima's popular novel of the same name, director Izuru Narushima's urgently paced action film stars Takao ďsawa, Yűko Takeuchi, Hiroshi Tamaki, and Eisaku Yoshida.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

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"A stupor-inducing, would-be thriller from Japan whose sporadic action and inept storytelling is as generic as its title."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"A personal and political melodrama with perfunctory gunplay and explosions."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times
"An unexpectedly personal thriller that thrives on complexity."
‑ David Cornelius, DVDTalk.com
"This is pure big-budget formula filmmaking, from the morally compromised hero who regains his self-respect to the spunky reporters, grim military strategists, winsome child, glib political posturing and tense countdown to apparently inevitable disaster."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"After early hints of potential Schwarzenegger-ish goofiness, Midnight Eagle settles into near-complete torpor."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"There are many new Japanese movies that deserve a stateside release. Why this hapless mess beat them out is a question that deserves an answer. (I won't hold my breath waiting.)"
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"It's frustrating that Midnight Eagle is more concerned with puffed-up nationalist pride than logic. How did five characters' paths all converge at the exact same minute anyway?"
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"Poorly structured, filled with coincidences and plot holes, and laced with scenes of more-than-usually cloying sentimentality, this is oh!-so-far from the best representative of current Japanese cinema or of Asian cinema in general."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"As they say in Japan: sugoi! Cool!"
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"Often gripping and ultimately poignant"
‑ David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
"The film's brisk pacing can't hide the fuzzy logic of the tenuously structured, convoluted script."
‑ Russell Edwards, Variety
"Like a series of subplot ships slowly meandering downstream to a final narrative focal point, Midnight Eagle has to be one of the most languid political thrillers ever conceived."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"Less an adventure than a confused message drama about Japanese military preparedness, it will have trouble building even a niche audience."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
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