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Tokyo Mighty Guy (1960)

Tokyo no abarenbô (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 29 July 1960 (Japan)
After mastering the art of French cuisine, young Jiro (Akira Kobayashi) returns to Japan and opens a restaurant in the busy streets of Ginza. His dashing looks, iconoclastic culinary skills... See full summary »

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Akira Kobayashi ...
Jirô Shimizu
Ruriko Asaoka ...
Hideko Matsuda
Sanae Nakahara ...
Rirako
Arihiro Fujimura ...
Kaneda
Hiroshi Kondô ...
Senkichi
Shôichi Ozawa ...
Hamakawa
Toranosuke Ogawa ...
Onizaemon Ippon'yari
Shin Morikawa ...
Chôgorô Shimizu
Hisao Toake ...
Imamura
Masao Mishima ...
Asai
Kyosuke Aihara ...
Ryûzô Asai
Yôko Kosono ...
Michiko
Fudeko Tanaka ...
Chiyo Shimizu
Reiko Arai ...
Asai's wife
Nobuo Kawakami
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After mastering the art of French cuisine, young Jiro (Akira Kobayashi) returns to Japan and opens a restaurant in the busy streets of Ginza. His dashing looks, iconoclastic culinary skills, and charismatic character attracts not only women, but unwanted trouble. Things get personal when he finds out that a scandalous political figure is trying to take over his girlfriend's business. Written by Anonymous

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Tokyo kappore
Words by Sô Nishizawa
Music by Kuranosuke Hamaguchi
Sung by Akira Kobayashi
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French Musical?
2 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

After mastering the art of French cuisine, young Jiro (Akira Kobayashi) returns to Japan and opens a restaurant in the busy streets of Ginza. His dashing looks, iconoclastic culinary skills, and charismatic character attracts not only women, but unwanted trouble. Things get personal when he finds out that a scandalous political figure is trying to take over his girlfriend's business.

We start out with what seems like it might be another Nikkatsu gangster film, with women in the bathroom slapping each other. That is always a good thing. But then it gets more silly, almost like a French musical... like "Girls of Rochefort". As a noted scholar said, there is "nothing intrinsically Japanese about Nikkatsu films in the 1960s". And this film proves it.

One thing this film had me wondering: do they actually play "Here Comes the Bride" in Japan? They do in this film, and that seems very strange to me, especially because we have English words to go with the tune. Do they have different words? And how did this get to be a universal wedding song?


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