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 liaison 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 ...
Heather DiStefano
Rodney Kageyama ...
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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Star Billing: Michael Keaton (1st) and Gedde Watanabe (2nd). See more »


While finishing the 15,000 cars, Kazihiro-San takes off his tie when he comes up the stairs. After a cut to Saito, his tie is back on. See more »


Mr. Sakamoto: [hands a janitor's mop to Saito, the naysayer executive, effectively demoting Saito from VP to janitor]
Mr. Sakamoto: Good luck in your new career.
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Written and Produced by Jonathan Cain
Performed by Jimmy Barnes
Additional remix by Bob Clearmountain
Courtesy of Geffen Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products and Mushroom Records Pty. Ltd.
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An eighties classic. Very funny.
6 March 2002 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

A very funny east-meets-west film influenced by the closure of GM's Flint, Michigan plant in the eighties and the rise and integration of Japanese automakers in the US. Set in western Pennsylvania, it features great performances by Michael Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, and George Wendt. Music by blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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