Written by veteran filmmaker Yoshimitsu Morita and directed by protégé Tomoyuki Akaishi, this film is about the all-important value of a driver's license. Hiroshi Nanjo (Hiroshi Tachi) is a square-jawed, wind-blown action star. Danger is his middle name. Though he spends much of the day on the set zigzagging his screaming-red sports car around explosions and over the corpses of bad guys, he admits to his comely co-star (Junko Igarashi) that he is in fact license-less. The resulting hail of ridicule impresses on Nanjo of the need to get a license, and to get one now. He turns to his yakuza manager (Toru Emori) who burst into the office of the studio head and bullies him into granting Nanjo a three-week leave from the shoot. Driving schools being a much more formal affair in Japan than in the States, Nanjo's academy features a dorm and a cafeteria. There he suffers through memorizing traffic laws and botching driving practice with students half his age. Moreover, he is less than a hit with teachers: one (Tsurutaro Kataoka) regularly calls him an idiot; another (Tokuma Nishioka) seems to will him to fail; and -- most damningly -- a third instructor (Yuki Sumida), an insanely attractive young lass sporting a micro mini-skirt, ignores him completely. Will our rugged hero surmount his challenge and get his coveted piece of plastic?
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