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Minbo (1992)

Minbô no onna (original title)
A grand old Japanese hotel is trying to get a prestigious contract as the site of a summit meeting of important foreign officials. Unfortunately, this hotel is quite popular with the Yakuza... See full summary »

Director:

Jûzô Itami

Writer:

Jûzô Itami
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nobuko Miyamoto ... Mahiru Inoue
Yasuo Daichi Yasuo Daichi ... Suzuki the accountant
Takehiro Murata Takehiro Murata ... Wakasugi (the bellboy)
Akira Takarada Akira Takarada ... Kobayashi
Hôsei Komatsu ... Hanaoka
Noboru Mitani Noboru Mitani ... Gang boss
Hideji Ôtaki Hideji Ôtaki ... Hotel owner
Tetsu Watanabe ... Akechi
Akira Nakao ... Ibagi
Shirô Itô ... Iriuchijima
Mirei Asaoka Mirei Asaoka ... Akemi
Kitarô Kitarô ... Odokasareru otoko
Teruo Shimizu Teruo Shimizu ... Big Boss's Henchman
Shô Ryûzanji Shô Ryûzanji ... Yakuza in lobby
Masahiko Urano Masahiko Urano ... Gard man
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Storyline

A grand old Japanese hotel is trying to get a prestigious contract as the site of a summit meeting of important foreign officials. Unfortunately, this hotel is quite popular with the Yakuza (Japanese gangsters) and is a favorite target of theirs for extortion. They employ a variety of schemes to con the hotel out of 'hush-money.' The hotel needs to rid itself of the Yakuza and finally begins to fight back by hiring Mahiru Inoue, a lawyer who is an expert at dealing with these criminals on their own terms. This film by Juzo Itami combines action with farce, as an all-out war ensues. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Comedy

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In 1992, Itami was attacked, beaten, and slashed by five members of the Goto-gumi, a Tokyo yakuza gang, who were angry at his portrayal of yakuza as bullies and thugs in this film. This attack led to a government crackdown on the yakuza. His subsequent stay in a hospital inspired his next film Daibyonin. See more »

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Another Itami Comedy - That's good.
14 February 2005 | by spectrejazzSee all my reviews

Like many of Itami's comedies the plot is simple, fun, and interesting. If you have ever lived in Japan, you can relate to the characters, and if you haven't you can just enjoy the immersion. The Yakuza were, and remain, an unpleasant side of Japanese everyday life. This movie gives hope to those who have been intimidated by this profession. In this story Miss Inoue, a lawyer specializing in Yakuza extortion practices teaches a group of hotel employees how to better protect their hotel's future interests. This results in lots of laughs and a few tense moments. Itami is a master. Try "Tampopo" for something a bit more off kilter. Overall I give it 8 out of 10.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

19 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Minbo See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Production Co:

Itami Films, Toho Company See more »
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Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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