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

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Mr. Sakamoto (as Soh Yamamura)
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Saito
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Junior
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Heather DiStefano
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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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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 number of cars that the plant needed to produce within a month as part of the deal between management and the workers was 15,000. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the softball game, Buster intentionally runs into Saito, who is about to catch the pop fly that Hunt put up, and helps his team win. According to the rules, Buster should have been called for interference because Saito has the right to field the ball. The runs that Hunt brought in would not count. Assan Motors would be given the third out and the game. See more »

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Hunt Stevenson: [driving back from a meeting with Hunt's Japanese bosses] Want to get some ice cream? Haagen Daaz!
Audrey: Eat shit and die.
Hunt Stevenson: [pauses] Are you having your period?
Audrey: Stop the car!
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 23 February 2015 (2015) See more »

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CAN'T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE
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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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