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Release Date:
14 March 1986 (USA) See more »
When East meets West, the laughs shift into high gear!
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Not edgy, but funny See more (49 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Keaton ... Hunt Stevenson

Gedde Watanabe ... Oishi Kazihiro

George Wendt ... Buster

Mimi Rogers ... Audrey

John Turturro ... Willie

Sô Yamamura ... Mr. Sakamoto (as Soh Yamamura)

Sab Shimono ... Saito

Rick Overton ... Googie

Clint Howard ... Paul
Jihmi Kennedy ... Junior

Michelle Johnson ... Heather DiStefano
Rodney Kageyama ... Ito

Rance Howard ... Mayor Conrad Zwart

Patti Yasutake ... Umeki Kazihiro (as Patti Yasuiake)
Jerry Tondo ... Kazuo
Dennis Sakamoto ... Matsumura

Stan Egi ... Kenji (as Stanford Egi)

Martin Ferrero ... Crandall
James Ritz ... Tony
Dock Ellis ... Luke (as Dock P. Ellis Jr.)
Richard M. McNally ... Milt

Jean Speegle Howard ... Lady in Market (as Jean Speegle)
Thomas Ikeda ... Instructor #1
Noboru Kataoka ... Management Trainee
Mariye Inouye ... Secretary
Juhachiro Takada ... Instructor #2

Linda Carola ... Cashier
Jun Lyle Kamesaki ... Kazihiro's Son
Tamie Saiki ... Kazihiro's Daughter
Charlie Samaha ... Store Owner
Nann Mogg ... Store Owner's Wife
Paul C. Nolan ... Dr. Klotzer
R. Scott Peck ... Union Member

Joseph Pilato ... Union Member
William S. Bartman ... Union Member
Tommy Lafitte ... Union Member
Jim S. Cash ... Mayor's Aide (as James Cash)

Kim Chan ... Member of Board
Bill Dalzell ... Irwin
Tak Kubota ... Failed Executive
Frank Seals Jr. ... Umpire (as Frank Seals)
Maria Barney ... Softball Fan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Hammond ... Auto Worker (uncredited)

John W. Iwanonkiw ... Car Builder (uncredited)
Lynette Jenkins ... Luke's Wife (uncredited)
Daniel Krell ... Auto Worker (uncredited)
Fred Lehman ... Auto Worker (uncredited)

Wil Masisak ... Worker with Chips (uncredited)
Joe Shelby ... Union Driver (uncredited)
Ryonosuke Shiono ... Assan Motors Executive (uncredited)

Jaime Vermeulen ... Boy In The Park With His Mother (uncredited)

Directed by
Ron Howard 
Writing credits
Edwin Blum (story) and
Lowell Ganz (story) &
Babaloo Mandel (story)

Lowell Ganz (screenplay) &
Babaloo Mandel (screenplay)

Produced by
Deborah Blum .... producer
Lowell Ganz .... associate producer
Tony Ganz .... producer
Ron Howard .... executive producer
Jan R. Lloyd .... associate producer
Babaloo Mandel .... associate producer
Original Music by
Thomas Newman 
Cinematography by
Donald Peterman (director of photography) (as Don Peterman)
Film Editing by
Daniel P. Hanley  (as Daniel Hanley)
Mike Hill  (as Michael Hill)
Casting by
Karen Rea 
Production Design by
James L. Schoppe  (as James Schoppe)
Art Direction by
Jack G. Taylor Jr. 
Set Decoration by
John H. Anderson  (as John Anderson)
Costume Design by
Betsy Cox 
Makeup Department
Janis Clark .... hair stylist
Janet Flora .... makeup artist
Ric Sagliani .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ralph Haiek .... production executive: Argentina
Neil A. Machlis .... production manager
Carlos Olveira .... production manager: Argentina
Eduardo Ostrogovich .... production executive: Argentina
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Ganz .... second unit director
Janet G. Knutsen .... second assistant director
Jan R. Lloyd .... first assistant director
Américo Ortiz de Zárate .... first assistant director: Argentina
Aldric La'auli Porter .... second assistant director
Claudio Reiter .... second assistant director: Argentina
Art Department
Nigel A. Boucher .... lead man
Guy Bushman .... assistant property master
Luis Camaño .... art department: Argentina
Steven M. Levine .... property master
Charles R. Lipscomb .... lead man
Wil Masisak .... set designer: neon lighting
James F. Orendorff .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Clint Althouse .... boom operator
Michael J. Cerone .... re-recording mixer
Richard S. Church .... sound mixer
Anthony J. Ciccolini III .... supervising sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Harriet Fidlow .... sound editor
Robert Hein .... sound editor
Michael Jacobi .... adr editor
Dennie C. Modes .... cable person
Jeffrey Stern .... sound editor
Dick Vorisek .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Ricardo Lanzoni .... special effects: Argentina
Stan Parks .... special effects
Oscar Pastorino .... special effects: Argentina
Allan Graf .... stunts
Ted Grossman .... stunts
Brian Imada .... stunts
Jeff Imada .... stunts
Mike H. McGaughy .... stunts (as Mike McGaughy)
Kenny Searle .... stunts (as Kenneth Searle)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dana Altomare .... second assistant camera: New York
Adger W. Cowans .... still photographer
Glenn David .... best boy grip
Richard Dow .... dolly grip
Peter Eco .... director of photography: New York
Juan José Fernández .... key grip
Mel Kekuewa .... electrician
Gábor Kövér .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Norman Lang .... electrician
Jeffrey Laszlo .... camera operator: New York
Ted Lichtenheld .... first assistant photographer: Argentina
Kal Manning .... gaffer (as Wright K. Manning)
Nick McLean .... director of photography: second unit
Keith Peterman .... camera operator
Scott Rathner .... second assistant camera: New York
Calmar Roberts .... first assistant camera (as Calmar King Roberts Jr.)
Waverly Smothers .... best boy grip
Calvin Sterry .... key grip
Ken M. Suzuki .... best boy electric
Casting Department
William H. Bartman .... extras casting coordinator
Glenn F. Haines .... casting assistant
Clayton Hill .... extras casting: Pittsburgh
Sharon Hill .... extras casting: Pittsburgh
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Thomas C. Dickason .... costumer: men
Daniel J. Lester .... costume supervisor: men
Marisa Urruti .... costumer: Argentina (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Guy Barresi .... assistant film editor
Terry Haggar .... color timer
Mary McGlone .... assistant film editor
Roger Tweten .... assistant film editor
Location Management
Michael John Meehan .... location manager (as Michael Meehan)
Music Department
Peter Afterman .... music supervisor
Tony Bongiovi .... special music consultant
Kenneth Karman .... music editor
Transportation Department
Joel Marrow .... transportation coordinator
Gustavo Oldán .... transportation: Argentina
Stewart Satterfield .... transportation captain
Kenny Searle .... transportation captain (as Kenneth V. Searle)
Other crew
LeAnne Baker .... production assistant
Pater Beshar .... production assistant
Bruce Carter .... production assistant
Peggy Coleman .... production assistant
Carline Davis-Dyer .... script supervisor
Brad Dechter .... source arrangements
Maria-Julia Herrero .... assistant to production executives: Argentina
Lillian O. MacNeill .... script supervisor (as Lillian MacNeil)
Louisa Marie .... assistant: Mr. Howard
Eric Myers .... unit publicist
Sylvie Nante .... production secretary: Argentina
Brad Peterman .... production assistant
Evangelina Rivera .... production assistant
Gary Rocklen .... title designer
Quico Rovira-Beleta .... Castilian Spanish translation & adaptation
Nico Sarudiansky .... production assistant (as Nicolas Sarudiansky)
Nina Saxon .... title designer
Margie Walker .... production assistant
Gayle Wurthner .... production assistant
Luis A. Sartor .... production coordinator: Argentina (uncredited)

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112 min | USA:111 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Cameo: [Former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Doc Ellis]one of the softball players.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Kazihiro:None of you would last two days in management training.
Hunt Stevenson:None of us would be dumb enough to stay two days.
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Not edgy, but funny, 17 November 2001
Author: FunnyMann from Los Angeles

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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