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Gung Ho (1986)

 -  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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Umeki Kazihiro (as Patti Yasuiake)
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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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$36,611,610 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Hunt Stevenson: Now on these last few we might need to cut a few corners. Little things, like... Engines.
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Soundtracks

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.
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This is a typical Keaton comedy...excellent!
20 December 1998 | by (Ontario, canada) – See all my reviews

This comedy is bound to be good from the get-go. East meets west and east doesn't want to lose...west doesn't know what losing is like. It starts a little slow but it grabs you very soon and it doesn't let go. This is definitely worth seeing.


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