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Although a one-time MVP for the New York Yankees, Jack Elliott is now on the down side of his baseball career. His batting average is low and one of his few claims to fame is that during the previous year, he led the team in 9th inning doubles in the month of August. With an up and coming slugger ready to replace him, he learns that he's been traded to the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese Central baseball league. Elliott is set in his ways and quite inflexible, not only in accepting Japanese culture in general, but also with the way the baseball team is managed. When he meets his very pretty PR agent, Hiroko, he begins to gain a greater appreciation that he should accept his current situation. When he realizes her other connection to the team, his attitudes begin to change at an even greater pace Written by
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Heartwarming drama hiding within sports comedy "lite"
MR. BASEBALL is a film of paradoxes. Written and filmed as a "light, sports
comedy" it truly has a heartwarming core as human and universal as some of
Capra's finest. At the plot level, you have the paradox of baseball, a fine
old American game, as it is played in Japan - turned around, with American
values cast off and Japanese values imprinted upon the game. (Some of the
superficial "sports comedy" results from Jack's uncomprehending disbelief at
how "basa-boru" is played in Japan.) You also have a lead character who's
presented as an over-the-hill, aging baseball star, but who is actually
quite immature - pro ball allowed him to postpone growing up. And you have a
lead character who is rudely resistant to the changes in his life that are
being forced upon him, refusing to accept the curveball that life has given
him, in the midst of a new country, a new manager, a new team, and a new
girlfriend, who have all welcomed him and try to accept him. Sound like
heavy stuff? Not really. It's a charming "clash of cultures" comedy that
takes place on the national, sports, romantic, and professional levels. But
if you watch it sensitively enough, you will also find a great story about a
man who has to abandon his immaturity and grow up way too late in life
(causing some amount of personal pain), and finds success in places he never
expected it. I love the story, but I also have great respect for Selleck's
performance; he bares his tush (literally) to portray an ugly American,
insulting people and throwing tantrums in public, then lets us inside this
character to understand his dismay. It also doesn't hurt if you're a big fan
of Takakura Ken like I am. MR. BASEBALL is a surprising "loss of innocence"
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