for Patlabor 2 the movie
The second Patlabor film takes place in early 2002, three
years after the events of "Patlabor the movie". Most of
Division 2 have moved on from their old jobs. Only Yamazaki,
Captain Gotoh and Shinobu remain with the SV2.
Shinobu is driving back from a conference when she becomes
stuck in a traffic jam. She contacts a police traffic labor,
who tells her a car has been parked on the bay bridge, and
somebody has phoned in a threat saying it has a bomb inside
it. Before they have a chance to look at the car, it explodes,
causing the middle section of the bridge to collapse. Later
that night on the news reports, a amateur video of the event
has surfaced. It shows a Japanese Self-Defence Force F-16-J
fighter jet flying overhead seconds after the explosion. The
fighter fired a live missile into the car on the the bridge.
A man named Arakawa Shigeki comes to the SV2 to visit both
captains. He explains to them he works for an organization
named Ground Defence Force. He shows them a video taken of the
bridge, but from a different camera, showing a different plane
than what was shown on TV. He claims the TV footage was
doctored. It wasn't a Japanese plane, it was an American plane
that left a Japanese base. He explains that this is the
handiwork of the National Defence Family, a group of military
contractors. They essentially wanted to stir up some business
in Japan. The only problem was the missile wasn't meant to be
armed, and the plane did not return to base. They are already
planning another attack. He shows them a file on the main
suspect who organised this attack; Yukihito Tsuge, a founding
member of the National Defence Family. In 1999, he lead a UN
Peacekeeping mission in South East Asia using military labors.
It was a failure and every Labor was destroyed. No one heard
from him after that.
Later that night, somebody hacks into the Japanese Defence
Force radar system, and fakes an attack on Tokyo. Arakawa
later tells Gotoh what happened. He also tells him that Tsuge
formed one of the earliest Labor schools called the Tsuge
School. Shinobu Nagumo studied there and was a top student.
She also had an affair with him. He was married at the time.
Before he leaves, Gotoh asks him if Tsuge is trying to start
his own little war. Arakawa tells him it's already started.
Gotoh arrives back to the hanger to find Shinobu on the phone
with the police chief. The SV2 has been ordered to surround
the Nerima Army Base, where the Bay Bridge plane is said to
have come from. The police have ordered all planes to be
grounded. The Base commander was driving to Tokyo to to
protest, but was arrested. The base has cut communications and
is preparing for a siege. Gotoh doesn't want to have any part
in this, but eventually caves into Shinobu.
The next morning the police surround the military base.
Arakawa phones Gotoh and tells him that the head of each
division of the military resigned. They're going to tell the
public what happened in the Tokyo Bay Bridge incident, but no
one is going to believe them. The US will deny it, and the
police will be blamed for arresting the military. Arakawa
tells him that Tsuge wants Japan under the same conditions his
troops were in during their East Asia deployment. Later that
night, the military occupy Tokyo.
A day later, mysterious helicopter gunships takes out
communication networks, bridges, the SV2 hanger and police
headquarters. Tokyo is in utter chaos. Three mysterious blimps
are also hovering above Tokyo. They are emitting jamming waves
which are interrupting all communications. Detective Matsui
discovers they were bought by company that's actually a front
for Tsuge. One of the blimps is shot at by the military, and
even though they miss it crashes down into the streets below,
and a mysterious yellow gas seeps from it. It causes some
panic, but is actually harmless. It is a warning. If they
shoot down the other two, one of them might actually contain
real mustard gas or even worse, a nuclear device.
The SV2 are reunited by Captain Gotoh to stop Tsuge. He is on
a piece of reclaimed land, and is sending regular pulses to
the blimps via a radio station truck. They can enter a disused
tunnel to get to him, but it's also a perfect place for an
ambush. But can they rely on Shinobu? Will her feelings for
Tsuge get in the way of the mission?
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