Director: Craig Lahiff
A high-energy road movie that keeps careering off in unexpected directions. Heaven's Burning is the most ambitious film yet by Adelaide-based director, Craig Lahiff. Working for the first time with a generous budget, Lahiff struts his stuff with vigour aided by a Louis Nowra screenplay that makes a point of keeping the audience off-balance.
Honeymooning Japanese bride Midori disappears from her Sydney hotel suite. In actuality she has staged a fake kidnap in order to ditch her new husband, hide out in Australia and await the arrival of her lover from Japan. While changing money in a metro bank Midori really is kidnapped, taken hostage by an Afghani Moslem armed hold-up gang. When events go from bad to worse, Midori finds herself on the lam with wheel-man Colin (Russell Crowe).
Youki Kudoh, known to audiences from Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train splendidly transforms from an uptight executive to a wild, dangerous and thoroughly resourceful fugitive. With spirited performances from a first rate cast, tension, an accelerated pace and action aplenty, Heaven's Burning has immense appeal even for the most hardened genre buff.