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The Magic Hour (2008)

Za majikku awâ (original title)
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 »


Kôki Mitani


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


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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Extraordinarily pleasant.
24 February 2009 | by El_Farmerino_EsqSee all my reviews

It's pretty easy to see why The Magic Hour went down so well with audiences in its native Japan. Ridiculously light-hearted, enough to put even Jeunet's Amelie to shame, with a sort-of all star cast that includes Haru no Yuki/Dororo star Satoshi Tsumabuki, delightful young up-and-comer Haruka Ayase (sadly given little to do here) former Monkey star Toshiyuki Nishida and perennial Kitano stooge Susumu Terajima amidst a host of other recognisable faces. It even has a cameo from Kon Ichikawa, sadly shortly before his death. The show really belongs, though, to Koichi Sato, verily hamming it up as, well, a very hammy actor...

This kind of self-reference permeates the film, occasionally to its detriment. Ayase's short monologue early on, for example, enouncing her feelings of being in a movie, is particularly grating. It's not the film's only problem; it suffers from a particularly weak female lead (in fact, all of the female roles are criminally underwritten), a total lack of logic or flow and a fairly bloated running time that the material doesn't really justify. Luckily, these concerns matter little in a film clearly intended solely to entertain - a feat which it accomplishes in abundance. Particular highlights include Sato's bizarre knife-licking antics during the first meeting between Murata/Togashi and Boss Teshio, the dialogue between Sato and Terajima about "where you're shooting from" and the sight gag early on involving cement shoes and painted toenails. As with any out-and-out comedy, the jokes are hit-and-miss, but it easily scores enough hits to warrant a viewing.

As throwaway as they come and not without its flaws, but ultimately satisfying nonetheless.

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Release Date:

7 June 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Magiczna godzina See more »

Filming Locations:

Kita Kyushu, Japan See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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