Television today might be at one the best points in the medium’s history with shows like Mad Men, Louie, True Detective and streaming offerings like House of Cards. However, none of those come close to the number of car chases and explosions of ’70s and ’80s offerings like Charlie’s Angels, The A-Team or The Dukes of Hazard. Apparently, this prevalence of action at the time wasn’t just an American phenomenon. In Japan, a show called Seibu Keisatsu fulfilled the nation’s need for shootouts and stunts.
Nissan was a major sponsor of the show, and therefore the brand’s vehicles were used extensively, including a highly modified Nissan Safari SUV (also known as the Nissan Patrol), pictured above. In the show’s lore, it was equipped with radar, a camera and a fire extinguisher capable of turning over a car. The series ran 236 episodes from 1979 to 1984, and with the trailer below as indication, that allowed time for plenty of car jumps and explosions.
The entire Seibu Keisatsu series is now coming out in Japan on DVD and Blu-Ray packed in a fake gun case. The trailer below shows off some of the action of the series. It all starts out normal enough, but about a minute into the video there are all sorts of Nissans jumping and crashing. Plus, there is a guy on fire in a shootout. This show looks like some seriously cheesy fun. Scroll down to get a taste of it.