The Naked Director helmer Eiji Uchida may be best known for his hard-R films, but he shines brightest when he strums the strings of the human heart. Offbeat Cops is both a tender comedic caper and a chronicle of failure and second chances. The film follows an overbearing, loose-cannon detective (played with sublime command by the always terrific and charismatic Hiroshi Abe, the 2022 Screen International Star Asia Awardee) who, after going full “Dirty Harry” one time too many, is handed a fate worse than the indignity of a firing: he is shunted off to the police band, in bad need of a drummer for its final concert. Humiliated, he barks up a blue streak, until he starts feeling the beat and gets a chance at redemption.
(Synopsis from New York Asian Film Festival)
Film Festivals (selected): Hawaii International Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival, Japannual, Camera Japan Festival
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