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Gung Ho (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 14 March 1986 (USA)
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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Jihmi Kennedy ...
Junior
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Heather DiStefano
Rodney Kageyama ...
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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Release Date:

14 March 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Fábrica das Loucuras  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,170,830, 16 March 1986

Gross USA:

$36,611,610
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Generally considered extremely racist and bigoted against Japanese and American workers, respectively. See more »

Goofs

When Hunt and his girlfriend drive from the airport, they pass the same parked school bus at least twice, without ever making a turn. See more »

Quotes

Kazihiro: In Japan, when production lags, worker stays longer in factory.
Hunt Stevenson: Okay, overtime. We can talk about overtime. I understand it now.
Kazihiro: They do not do it for pay. They do it for company.
Hunt Stevenson: Yeah, but that's there, this is here.
Audrey: Gentlemen, this is an American factory. They're never gonna go for that.
Kazihiro: Is that how you feel, Hunt, that they'll never go for it?
Hunt Stevenson: [pauses] Well, I'll tell you something. There's one guy who can get them to go for it, and you're looking at him.
Kazihiro: You can change workers' attitude?
Hunt Stevenson: If ...
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Referenced in Cars (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

WE'RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT
By Dee Snider
Performed by Twisted Sister
Produced by Tom Wierman
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Not edgy, but funny
17 November 2001 | by 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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