Eight Hours of Terror

Synopsis: Although they successfully rob a jewelry store, the thieves botch the getaway and are forced to take shelter in a hotel--taking the guests and staff hostage in the process.
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Director(s): Muk Kim







- What do we do?

- Not much we can do.

- Will we make it?

- We'll most likely miss the connection.

There's no way

this train is going anywhere.

Might as well go aboard

and get some sleep.

Good idea.






There's a bus to Hashimoto

for those who can't afford to wait.

That's a dangerous road,

fit only for trucks.

It's narrow,

with cliffs on both sides.

It was in the newspaper,

a truck went over the side.

Is it that dangerous?

The passengers inside

are eager to leave now.

Must be missing their wives!

Prices are high, taxes too.

It's the nation's working class

who suffers the most.

That causes family suicides and

the brutal murders we've seen recently.

It's no time for railways

to increase ticket prices.

How can you justify this?

Railway unions oppose

any rises in ticket prices.

But your pay demands

are the main cause.

Yes, but...

- What are we doing stuck here?

- The railways are a joke!

How about free rooms

at the Railway Hotel?

Station Master!

Do something about this.

We'll be here for a while, sit down.

Miss, can you quieten down?

I have to be at a shareholder's meeting

in 48 hours.

Do you even know

what a shareholder's meeting is?

My husband's a company director.

Station Master...

- What's wrong?

- Excuse me.

Where's the bus?

It's been over an hour.

- What are your plans?

- You don't expect us to sleep here?

Do you feel ill?

We have to be in Tokyo

by tomorrow evening.

Excuse me.

Our student meeting is essential

for the future of Japan.

As a salesman, every second we're late,

I lose money.

I got a telegram

that my daughter is very ill.

Can you check

if the bus has left yet?

It's no lie. Here's the telegram.

No, I'll go call them.

This Station Master is useless.

I'll personally report his conduct.

The railway chief is

my husband's old classmate.

Hey, you handle this.

You're friends

with the head of the railway?

We're doing our very best here.

Please pass on my regards.

He never showed much promise

back at school.

But he's done well.

Get some tea!

Please come inside.

Sit yourselves down here.

Take a long one.

The bus to Hashimoto is now arriving.

Please form an orderly line.

Tomio, hurry up. Get in line.

Hurry up, will you?

No need to join them,

I've reserved your seats.

I've saved you a place here.

Tomio! Where are you?

You're late. ls the bus alright?

It's old, like me.

It's got a mind of its own.

We've got a lot of urgent passengers

who need to go now.

They have to connect

with the midday train to Tokyo.

It's an old bus,

I can't guarantee anything.

Will it make it or not?

You country people are so slow

it makes me mad.

What's with these city folks

and all their rushing around?

Do a good job, driver.

I can't be late.

I have an important exam in Tokyo.

What exam?

Oh, to be young again.

- A dressmaking or a typing school?

- Nothing like that.


Not that, either.




Is it fixed?

All aboard.

What now?

Attention please, everyone!

Please quieten down and listen.

We've just had bad news

from the police department.

A regional bank was robbed

yesterday of 20 million yen.

Two men are still on the loose.

They are believed to be in this area,

so be aware.

Both are wearing Mackintosh raincoats,

one has a pistol.

That's frightening, that is.

Maybe they're hiding up in the hills?

Maybe so.

In a worst case scenario,

they could be somewhere along your route.

Sounds dangerous.

Our cause requires us to move calmly,

deliberately and logically.

Waiting for the train is safer.

Let's not take the bus.

Except for those with urgent

shareholder or student meetings,

I suggest you wait

until the trains are running again.

Shareholders and students,

please board the bus.

The driver will see you

through any danger.

Let us all summon our courage.

If we die, we die together.

It's quite thrilling,

just like a Western movie!

Like a Western? Come on, let's go!

- Tomio!

- Armed crooks are on the loose.

Armed crooks?

I'm not afraid of any gang.

What if our poor daughter is really ill?

I'm not afraid of gangs, Miss.

I've saved you a seat.

At times like this,

women have more courage.

It's the only way we'll get to Tokyo.

Isn't it, ma'am?

Criminals are so frightening.

Thank you for your patience.

There's a police detective

on board with you.

I see no need to worry

about robbers or armed gangs.

Right, Detective?

You're a detective?

I feel so much safer.

I'm escorting this prisoner,

so I may not be much help.

I expect to run

into other detectives on the way.

Yes, they sometimes use

the mountain cabin.

- Is that right?

- It's getting late. Let's leave now.

Well, then, everyone.

Bank robbery and a landslide?

The more the merrier for me.

Listen, do you hear something?

You hear that?

Oh, Lord Buddha, save my soul!

Don't go yelling out like that again.

It was nothing at all.

- What are you looking for?

- My whiskey.

It's right there, isn't it?

At times like this, sleep is the best.

Driver, switch the lights off.

I want to sleep.

That'll make it easier to drive.

Goodnight, everyone.

Oh, no!

No, wait!

- Be careful!

- I thought you were sleeping?

Just drive.

How can I sleep like this?

Switch the lights off.

It's better with the lights on.

Isn't it, Aoki?

We're all tense, anyway.

At least we can see what's going on.

I don't like it when it's dark.

Will dawn ever come?

Driver, how far away

is that cabin you mentioned?

Once we're there, we'll be safe.

We won't reach there till after dawn.

We'll be safe there.

What's that noise? Is it OK?

I just gave it too much gas.

I don't mind speed,

but please be careful.

You leave the driving to me.

Back in the war,

I led a motorized unit.

Then you should know

the driver's code.

Detective, what's that?

Here they come.

Just drive through it.

No, don't. Back up.

It's not moving.

I'll go take a look.

Miss, no! The crooks will get you.

- Like in a thrilling Western!

- Thrilling?

I knew we should've waited.

Wait for the train, I said.



- I think we're all a little too jumpy.

- You're right, there.

There's enough of us

to take care of any gang.

Dispose of the store's wrapper,

or he'll know where I've been.

Will your sugar-daddy be back already?

Don't be so weak.

We'll be back well before he is.

The answer here is "mistress".

For "illicit lover".

Lots of legs out today.

So many different people on the bus.

It's fate, isn't it?

How are you there, Miss?

I represent this company.

"Japan Artistic Clothing Agency"?

What's that?

Simply put, women's lingerie.

Brassieres, petticoats, corsets

and pantaloons.

We stock items

for young and old alike.

Anything for me?

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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