Appearances can sometimes be deceiving. The inhabitants of the coastal town of Tamami will find this out soon enough. A methane hydrate processing plant is about to be built on their shores, a project dear to the government, and the stink of corruption reaxches for miles around. In addition, attacks on opponents of the project are on the rise. There is also the discreet Nami (Haruka Ayase, CYBORG SHE) who hides a secret that she herself has forgotten. The clumsy, unremarkable housewife is in fact a formidable secret agent who suffers from amnesia since a head injury suffered during a mission. A victim of strange dreams in which she confronts Russian mercenaries, she undergoes therapy to recover her memory, but receives mixed support from her husband Yuki (Hidetoshi Nishijima, CREEPY), who keeps a close eye on her. And what about Juri (Kenshi Okada), the cosplay-loving café owner who seems to shun certain people? Tamami is not nearly as peaceful as it seems. And its citizens, especially Nami, haven't seen anything yet!
After the great success of the TV series CAUTION, HAZARDOUS WIFE, it was only logical that a self-contained film version would be produced. For his first feature film, director Toya Sato reassembles the cast and cranks the excitement for both fans and the uninitiated. The story builds to a crescendo, taking time to develop the characters before the breathtakingly choreographed action sequence in the final act. As Nami, Haruka Ayase once again demonstrates the full extent of her charisma. She convincingly expresses the stages that lead her from docile housewife to killing machine, at which point shge excels in the fine art of busting heads, making CAUTION a must-see for any action fan! – Translation: Rupert Bottenberg
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