MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 8,161 this week

The Magic Hour (2008)
"Za majikku awâ" (original title)

 |  Comedy  |  7 June 2008 (Japan)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 736 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 10 critic

A hustler who gets in trouble with a gang boss in the port town of Sukago agrees to make good with the don by putting him in contact with a mysterious hitman -- an assassin the hustler has ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 16 Dec 2012
 
saw
a list of 147 titles
created 17 May 2013
 
a list of 1214 titles
created 30 Sep 2013
 
list image
a list of 62 titles
created 22 Mar 2014
 
a list of 327 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Magic Hour" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Magic Hour (2008)

The Magic Hour (2008) on IMDb 7.3/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Magic Hour.
11 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Kôki Mitani
Stars: Toshiaki Karasawa, Kunie Tanaka, Naoki Tanaka
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A radio play is going to go on air at a Tokyo radio station. It is a weepy melodrama written by housewife Miyako, who is the winner of the competition run by the station. Suddenly, the ... See full summary »

Director: Kôki Mitani
Stars: Toshiaki Karasawa, Kyôka Suzuki, Masahiko Nishimura
Magic Hour (2015)
Crime

During a hot summer in 1990, a young man, Ray, moves into his aunt's Venice Beach home to find his direction in life. While there, he is befriended by some local criminals, a group of five brothers that soon become his surrogate family.

Director: Cole Mueller
Stars: Trevor Morgan, Kris Lemche, William Russ
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Masayuki Suzuki
Stars: Masaki Okada, Haruka Ayase, Hiroshi Tamaki
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In pre-war Japan, a government censor tries to make the writer for a theater troupe alter his comedic script. As they work with and against each other, the script ends up developing in unexpected ways.

Director: Mamoru Hoshi
Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Gorô Inagaki, Tae Kimura
Villain (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young woman's murder provokes reflection on the ugliness and villainy of modern society.

Director: Sang-il Lee
Stars: Eri Fukatsu, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Akira Emoto
Airport 2013 (TV Movie 2013)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Director: Kôki Mitani
Stars: Sayaka Aoki, Toshiki Ayata, Sosuke Ikematsu
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Kôki Mitani
Stars: Eri Fukatsu, Toshiyuki Nishida, Hiroshi Abe
Judge! (2014)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After taking the blame for another disastrous advertising campaign, Ota Kiichiro is asked by his arrogant boss Otaki Ichiro to take his place as a judge at the world's biggest advertising ... See full summary »

Director: Akira Nagai
Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Keiko Kitagawa, Etsushi Toyokawa
Magic Hour III (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Costas Kapakas
Stars: Renos Haralambidis, Tasos Antoniou
Happy Flight (2008)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A great variety of aviation professionals such as pilots, flight attendants, the ground crew, mechanics, dispatchers, controllers, and the bird patrol crew all support a single flight. They... See full summary »

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi
Stars: Seiichi Tanabe, Saburô Tokitô, Haruka Ayase
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Majime, an eccentric man in publishing company, who has unique ability of words, joins the team that will compile a new dictionary, 'The Great Passage.' In the eclectic team, he becomes ... See full summary »

Director: Yûya Ishii
Stars: Ryûhei Matsuda, Aoi Miyazaki, Jô Odagiri
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Kôichi Satô ...
Taiki Murata
...
Bingo
Eri Fukatsu ...
Mari Takachiho
Haruka Ayase ...
Natsuko Shikama
Toshiyuki Nishida ...
Teshio
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yûki Amami ...
Woman in mourning dress
Kenji Anan ...
Nojima
Kazuyuki Asano ...
Dr Shimizu
Hyôe Enoki ...
Abesan
Keisuke Horibe ...
Bambi
Gorô Ibuki ...
Takashi Shikama
Ennosuke Ichikawa IV ...
(as Kamejirô Ichikawa)
...
Film director
Manjiro Ichimura ...
Sugawara
...
Jun
Edit

Storyline

A hustler who gets in trouble with a gang boss in the port town of Sukago agrees to make good with the don by putting him in contact with a mysterious hitman -- an assassin the hustler has no idea how to contact. Instead, he hires an actor to play the role, though the thespian has no idea what he's getting into. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 June 2008 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Magiczna godzina  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Okay, but don't think about it too long
16 September 2009 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

THE MAGIC HOUR is a valentine to Japanese film fans who love soft-hearted, traditional fare steeped in cinema lore and history. It's set in the present day, though most of it could easily have been set in the past.

To slip away from the talons of a tough, businesslike gangster (Toshiyuki Nishida), a handsome but desperate underling (Kôichi Satô) vouches to find a shadowy assassin - and has to find the man in five days. Sato kidnaps a film camera, poses as a new director, and creates a drama within a movie to try to fool his gangster senior. As often happens with this kind of deception, things get out of hand very quickly - and it's to the film's credit that it keeps your attention and interest. The director's warm feeling for the mythology of film - and crime pot-boilers - makes for an agreeable entertainment.

Of course, the more you examine the plot, the more THE MAGIC HOUR loses credibility - and a lot of it. If you look it from the standpoint of dramatic logic, it works for the most part; but if you're willing to view the drama uncritically, you may begin to like its appealing performances and old-style approach to gangsterism. (Instead of killing off its cast with bullets, they get cement shoes - the kind of low-tech punishment you'd expect from '30s and '40s crime dramas.)

A cute supporting role for Haruka Ayase, though it would have been nice to see more of her.


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

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This film is hilarious spensolo
Discuss The Magic Hour (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?