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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Mayor Conrad Zwart
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Umeki Kazihiro (as Patti Yasuiake)
Jerry Tondo ...
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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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14 March 1986 (USA)  »

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A Fábrica das Loucuras  »

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$36,611,610 (USA)
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Director Ron Howard, lead actor Michael Keaton and writers Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel collaborated about four years earlier on the mortuary comedy Night Shift (1982). See more »

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During the softball game, Buster knocks down Saito as he runs the bases. When Saito is helped up and begins walking off the field, he puts his sunglasses on crooked, as if they are broken. In the next cut, while still walking off the field, Saito's sunglasses are gone. See more »

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Hunt Stevenson: [to Kazihiro] Hey! If you guys are so great... HOW COME YOU LOST THE BIG ONE?
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Michael Keaton At His Best! A Great Comedy!
20 September 1999 | by (Brea, Ca. USA) – See all my reviews

Gung Ho is one of those movies that you will want to see over and over again. Michael Keaton is put in charge of wooing a Japanese car company to come to his town thus creating jobs for the residents of Hadleyville. What happens after that is one hilarious moment after another. The two cultures clash and it is up to Keaton to hold things together. Look for great performances from Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, George Wendt, Mimi Rogers, John Turturro, Soh Yamamura and Sab Shimomo. All are perfectly cast. Don't be fooled by the low number rating. This is a 7.5 in my book. It is interesting to note that the town name of Hadleyville was also used in High Noon. Yes, there is a real Hadleyville but in Oregon.


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