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
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When East meets West, the laughs shift into high gear!
Did You Know?
Though the car manufacturer in the movie is a Japanese corporation, the film's "Gung Ho" title is actually an Americanized Chinese and not Japanese expression. For the title's two words, "Gung" translates as "Work" or "To Work" whilst "Ho" means "Together" or "Harmony" i.e. "Work Together" or "To Work in Harmony", reflecting the film's Eastern "team work" ethic portrayed in the movie's story-line. The "Gung Ho" phrase was the motto of the US 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, and was then the title of its related black-and-white 1940s World War II movie of the same "Gung Ho" name [See: 'Gung Ho!': The Story of Carlson's Makin Island Raiders
(1943)]. The phrase through time worked its way into the common American vernacular. See more
When Hunt is talking to the workers at a union rally, he strikes up memories of the "high school state title basketball game in Pittsburgh". Pennsylvania's state title in basketball is always played in Hershey. See more
Now on these last few we might need to cut a few corners. Little things, like... Engines.
Referenced in Greenberg
WORKING CLASS MAN
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. See more