A group of bombers announce that they have placed speed-triggered bombs aboard a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo to Hakata, the "Hikari 109". If the train slows below 80km/h, it will be destroyed. When the terrorists demand five million dollars, the police find themselves in a frantic race against time to find the bombers, defuse the bomb and save the innocent passengers. Pre-dating Speed by almost two decades, The Bullet Train is a gripping, edge of your seat thriller that as well as boasting blistering action sequences also focuses on the simmering political tensions between the civilians, the government and the surprisingly sympathetic bombers. Cult action star Sonny 'Street Fighter' Chiba features as the train operator who must find the device and there's a characteristically stirring performance from Ken Takakura (dubbed the Japanese Clint Eastwood) as a bomber with a serious grudge.