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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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Mr. Sakamoto (as Soh Yamamura)
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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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14 March 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Fábrica das Loucuras  »

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$36,611,610 (USA)
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Trivia

The film's "Gung Ho" title was changed to "Working Class Man" for the picture's Australian theatrical release, as it is the title of a very well known Australian rock song sung by Jimmy Barnes. The tune plays at the end of the movie and right through the closing credits. The song first appeared on Barnes' similarly titled 1985 album "For the Working Class Man" which had launched about a year before this movie debuted. See more »

Goofs

During the softball game, as Buster is running the bases he knocks down Saito. As Saito is helped up and begins walking off the field, he puts his sunglasses on in a crooked fashion (maybe the glasses are broken). In the next cut while still walking off the field, Saito is no longer wearing the sunglasses. See more »

Quotes

Hunt Stevenson: You're a real millie, you know that?
Kazihiro: I'm no millie!
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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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Not edgy, but funny
17 November 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Surprised to see the rather low score for this movie. Just saw this film for the first time in 10 years, and was reminded why I like it.

Come back with me, children, to a time when Michael Keaton was a straight-up comedy guy, and you might find some joy in this film. It's a gentle comedy -- the kind Ron Howard specializes in -- but if that's your thing, you should check this out. Keaton's low-key charm is just right for this project.

"Gung Ho" is a bit dated, because it takes places in the last stage of the pre-global economy world, when it still mattered what country a business was based in. That said, it delivers laughs as well as a lesson on how people can learn from each other, to great benefit.

You could watch this film and enjoy it without remembering one scene in particular you really liked, but that's because the whole movie provides a slow but constant stream of laughs. It's like an I.V. drip. And I mean that in a good way.


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