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Gung Ho (1986)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  14 March 1986 (USA)
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When a Japanese car company buys an American plant, the American liason must mediate the clash of work attitudes between the foreign management and native labor.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Sakamoto (as Soh Yamamura)
Jihmi Kennedy ...
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Mayor Conrad Zwart
Umeki Kazihiro (as Patti Yasuiake)
Jerry Tondo ...


Hunt Stevenson works for a large car manufacturer that has just been bought out by a Japanese firm. Suddenly finding himself having to justify his own job, he's forced to choose between redundancy or the seemingly inhuman Japanese work ethic that the new owners have brought with them. Written by Murray Chapman <>

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When East meets West, the laughs shift into high gear!


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Release Date:

14 March 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Fábrica das Loucuras  »

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$36,611,610 (USA)

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A number of the actors from this movie went on to work on the Gung Ho (1986) television series. These included Sab Shimono, Patti Yasutake, Rodney Kageyama, Clint Howard and Gedde Watanabe. See more »


When Hunt and his girlfriend drive from the airport, they pass the same parked school bus at least twice, without ever making a turn. See more »


Buster: [watching the Japanese workers come to the baseball field in their uniforms] They look like the Yankees. I hate 'em already.
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By Chrissie Hynde
Performed by The Pretenders
Produced by Jimmy Lavine and Bob Clearmountain
Courtesy of Sire Records Company
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Michael Keaton At His Best! A Great Comedy!
20 September 1999 | by (Brea, Ca. USA) – See all my reviews

Gung Ho is one of those movies that you will want to see over and over again. Michael Keaton is put in charge of wooing a Japanese car company to come to his town thus creating jobs for the residents of Hadleyville. What happens after that is one hilarious moment after another. The two cultures clash and it is up to Keaton to hold things together. Look for great performances from Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, George Wendt, Mimi Rogers, John Turturro, Soh Yamamura and Sab Shimomo. All are perfectly cast. Don't be fooled by the low number rating. This is a 7.5 in my book. It is interesting to note that the town name of Hadleyville was also used in High Noon. Yes, there is a real Hadleyville but in Oregon.

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