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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nobuko Miyamoto ...
Mahiru Inoue
Yasuo Daichi ...
Suzuki the accountant
Takehiro Murata ...
Wakasugi (the bellboy)
Akira Takarada ...
Kobayashi
Hôsei Komatsu ...
Hanaoka
Noboru Mitani ...
Gang boss
Hideji Ôtaki ...
Hotel owner
Tetsu Watanabe ...
Akechi
Akira Nakao ...
Ibagi
Shirô Itô ...
Iriuchijima
Mirei Asaoka ...
Akemi
Kitarô ...
Odokasareru otoko
Teruo Shimizu ...
Big Boss's Henchman
Shô Ryûzanji ...
Yakuza in lobby
Masahiko Urano ...
Gard man
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A grand old Japanese hotel is trying to get a prestigious contract as the site of a summit meeting of important foreign officials. Unfortunately, this hotel is quite popular with the Yakuza (Japanese gangsters) and is a favorite target of theirs for extortion. They employ a variety of schemes to con the hotel out of 'hush-money.' The hotel needs to rid itself of the Yakuza and finally begins to fight back by hiring Mahiru Inoue, a lawyer who is an expert at dealing with these criminals on their own terms. This film by Juzo Itami combines action with farce, as an all-out war ensues. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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In 1992, Itami was attacked, beaten, and slashed by five members of the Goto-gumi, a Tokyo yakuza gang, who were angry at his portrayal of yakuza as bullies and thugs in this film. This attack led to a government crackdown on the yakuza. His subsequent stay in a hospital inspired his next film Daibyonin. See more »

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Not bad.. but there's been better from Itami
15 August 2000 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Another one of Itami's films that I felt was a little long, and had a hard time deciding if it was a comedy or drama.

Having said that however, this movie is pretty good in that it shows an interesting look at the Yakuza, and it does have some very funny scenes. Also some of the dramatics are top notch as the actors cower in fear from the Japanese mobsters (particularly when one is being threatened to have his balls.... well you know...)

Interesting.. I suppose..

Rating 6 out of 10


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