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F. Murray Abraham,
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
Filmed under the working title Tokyo Diamond. See more »
During the Dragons season ending series, Jack is scouted, and Max is signed to finish the year with the LA Dodgers. Japan's baseball regular season ends a week or two after the Major League Baseball regular season ends. If Jack or Max had signed a contract with a Major League team at that time, they wouldn't be eligible to play until the next season. See more »
Max 'Hammer' Dubois:
[after a major brawl which saw Jack decking Yoji]
Haven't you heard a word I said! You're REALLY pissing me off! Now just take your base, and GET WITH THE PROGRAM!
YOU TOO, huh, Max?
Max 'Hammer' Dubois:
You know the one thing I DIDN'T miss about playing in the States, was putting up with HOTSHOTS like you! NOW I don't even have THAT anymore!
[up in the President's office]
[to Uchiyama, in Japanese]
Suspend Elliot indefinitely! And consider yourself OUT, as soon as a replacement is found! You have brought DISHONOR to ...
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A lot of the comments seem to treat this film as a baseball movie, but I feel this is only secondary. It's really about living in Japan, and it really succeeds.
I spent a few years living in Japan, and I suppose the reason that this movie didn't do too well is that you sort of have to have experienced Japan to get it. I was watching this with a well-travelled friend who's never been to Japan, and he noted that many of the events in the movie were so ludicrous that they destroyed the suspension of disbelief. My reply was that those events were the absolute unvarnished truth about life in Japan!
I think that this movie is definitely worth watching, especially if you've lived in Japan or are interested in it.
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