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Mr. Rookie (2002)
"Misutâ rûkî" (original title)

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Credited cast:
Kazushige Nagashima ...
Koji Ohara
Mayu Tsuruta ...
Yuko Ohara
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mitsuru Fukikoshi ...
Isao Hashizume ...
Segawa, Manager
Jun Kunimura ...
Shigeru Kôyama ...
Seiji Miyane ...
Junko's boss
Takeo Nakahara ...
Hiramatsu, Coach
Tadao Sato
Tamao Satô ...
Kazuo Koga
Shin Takuma ...
Mirai Yamamoto ...
Noriko Kojima


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Release Date:

23 March 2002 (Japan)  »

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$4,100,000 (estimated)

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Ad exec by day, baseball player by night.
5 March 2003 | by (NorCal) – See all my reviews

Charming baseball movie - not unlike 2002's "The Rookie" in both feel and main character -- a promising pitcher who gave up on his dream of playing pro ball because of an injury. Ohara Koji is given a second chance at baseball and becomes the Hanshin Tigers' secret weapon out of the pen. He is dubbed "Mr. Rookie" by the team's manager and wears a spandex tiger mask to hide his identity - he still has his day job and family to think of. He soon becomes a media sensation, as he continues to win and the media try to find out his identity.

You'll root for Ohara and the Tigers, boo his arch-rival, laugh at the baseball in-jokes, and wish for a happy ending. The only nit to pick is that even for this baseball lover, some of the baseball scenes went on a little too long. (viewed at Cinequest - the San Jose Film Festival)

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