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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Mr. Sakamoto (as Soh Yamamura)
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Saito
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Paul
Jihmi Kennedy ...
Junior
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Heather DiStefano
Rodney Kageyama ...
Ito
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Mayor Conrad Zwart
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Umeki Kazihiro (as Patti Yasuiake)
Jerry Tondo ...
Kazuo
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Storyline

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 <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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

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Comedy | Drama

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 March 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Fábrica das Loucuras  »

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$36,611,610 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Star Billing: Michael Keaton (1st) and Gedde Watanabe (2nd). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Kazihiro: Mr. Stevenson.
Hunt Stevenson: [Lights up cigar and leans his seat back] Uh-huh?
Kazihiro: How do you think things are going at the factory?
Hunt Stevenson: Honestly, Kaz?
Kazihiro: Yes, please.
Hunt Stevenson: Not too well.
[sits upright]
Hunt Stevenson: Uh, see, you're Stateside now, fellas and to tell you the truth, you're still acting like a bunch of Yokohama mobs. No offense.
Kazihiro: None taken.
Hunt Stevenson: Can I... can I be frank, for a second? I've heard a lot of talk about, uh, how good the Japanese businessmen are.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

DON'T GET ME WRONG
By Chrissie Hynde
Performed by The Pretenders
Produced by Jimmy Lavine and Bob Clearmountain
Courtesy of Sire Records Company
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terrific, underrated movie
29 November 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful movie with a fun, clever story and the dynamics of culture differences and the running theme of what's important in life make this a very under-appreciated movie. Don't let the cynics of the world deter you from seeing this. Keaton has wonderful moments and I wonder at the fact that comedy is never appreciated, because actors like Keaton make going from humor to serious bits look tremendously easy. Great movie all around!


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