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

 -  Comedy  -  7 June 2008 (Japan)
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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 »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Kôichi Satô ...
Taiki Murata
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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)
Kon Ichikawa ...
Film director
Manjiro Ichimura ...
Sugawara
...
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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

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The magic hour of sunset before the night
11 December 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Koki Mitani is a director that film critics tend to treasure. Although he hardly deviates away from his warm-hearted and good natured settings, his style is often chaotic but can somehow make all the sense of the world.

The Magic Hour keeps up with this tradition, bringing in many veterans of actors that he has used previously (even if small minor roles), and it really shows how talented Mitani can be not only as a director but as a writer. Blessed from being bred from theatre, his plots move sufficiently at an excellent pace to the point where sometimes you want to freeze time just to appreciate how well tied together a movie can become.

Subtle humour that creates bellyaches from laughter is his greatest weapon and he uses it profoundly in this movie. I felt that all of the actors put their best performances into it, and it seemed like they genuinely had a lot of fun by "camping" it up at times.

If anyone wants to watch a Japanese comedy that isn't over the top then look no further.


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