MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 8,054 this week

Free & Easy Special Version (1994)
"Tsuribaka nisshi supesharu" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  16 July 1994 (Japan)
8.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 6 users  
Reviews: 1 user | 1 critic

This is the story of Densuke, a happy-go-lucky, less-than-average employee of a construction company. He is such an expert in the art of fishing that he has, in secret, become a "guru" to ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(manga), (manga), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 1973 titles
created 14 Feb 2014
 
list image
a list of 1760 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Free & Easy Special Version (1994)

Free & Easy Special Version (1994) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Free & Easy Special Version.
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Toshiyuki Nishida ...
Eri Ishida ...
Rentarô Mikuni ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Taisihû Kase
Nijiko Kiyokawa
Kayo Matsuo
Yoshiyuki Omori
Kunie Tanaka
Kei Tani
Jun Togawa
Yasuko Tomita
Mami Yamase
Edit

Storyline

This is the story of Densuke, a happy-go-lucky, less-than-average employee of a construction company. He is such an expert in the art of fishing that he has, in secret, become a "guru" to the president of his company. Unexpected matchmaking and well-meaning chaperones set in motion a chain of interesting and unforgettable events within, and around, the company. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 July 1994 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Free & Easy Special Version  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Nutshell Review: Free and Easy Special Edition
25 October 2006 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

The Free and Easy series is based on a popular Japanese manga, and the slew of movies starting from 1988 attests to its longevity. Co-written by Yoji Yamada and starring Toshiyuki Nishida (from the Gakko movies), Free and Easy Special Edition continues the comedy and melodrama about two good friends who are avid anglers. The movie fortunately doesn't require you to know much of the background or what had transpired in earlier movies. It's pretty much stand alone, and you'll get the hang of the character dynamics after a while.

As a bit of a limited background of the movie based on only this installment, Densuke Hamasaki (Toshiyuki Nishida) and Ichinosuke Suzuki (Rentako Mikuni) are 2 fishing buddies. They take angling quite seriously, so much so that like football fans who swear that football is better then sex, these two men too, swear in the same language for fishing. However, both of them work in the same construction company, with Suzuki being the CEO, and Hamasaki, the lowly average office worker, and to avoid gossip of nepotism etc, they keep their private and public lives very much separate, hence bringing about opportunities for some laughter in this comedy drama.

The movie plays out like a typical television drama, and this installment seemed like two episodes spliced into one. The first story focused on an arranged matchmaking story with the spotlight on the younger actors, in a typical plot consisting of "boy meets girl too shy to approach arrange special meeting they like each other but there's a third party" cliché. Much of the drama belongs to this segment. On the other story, some comedic relief kicks in as a mistaken affair between Hamasaki's wife Michiko (Miyoko Asada) and Suzuki brings about some disharmony to the Hamasaki household, especially when Densuke is finding it difficult to sleep with his wife (lol).

The pacing of the movie is a bit slow, and given its television look and feel, does seem to be trying at times as you can't wait to decipher what's going to happen next. Given the improper screening, I couldn't quite determine fairly how the actors performed, but suffice to say that there are moments of exaggeration, and the plot at times do seem a bit contrived. But it provided decent entertainment in less than 2 hours, on a rainy weekday evening.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Free & Easy Special Version (1994) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page