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The Most Terrible Time in My Life (1993)

Waga jinsei saiaku no toki (original title)
Maiku Hama is a private detective working in Yokohama. Hama comes to the aid of a Taiwanese waiter named Yang and agrees to track down his missing brother. Through a series of ... See full summary »

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Kaizô Hayashi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Masatoshi Nagase ... Maiku Hama
Shirô Sano ... Masaru Kanno
Kiyotaka Nanbara ... Hoshino
Hai-Ping Yang Hai-Ping Yang ... Yang Hai Tin
Te-Chien Hou Te-Chien Hou ... De Jian (as Hou De Jian)
Akaji Maro ... Lt. Nakayama
Shin'ya Tsukamoto ... Yamaguchi
Jô Shishido ... Joe (as Joe Shishido)
Haruko Wanibuchi Haruko Wanibuchi ... Lily Hama
Kaho Minami ... Byakuran
Mika Ohmine Mika Ohmine ... Akane Hama
Housei Kondo Housei Kondo ... Kondo
Masako Miyaji Masako Miyaji ... Masako
Kenji Anan Kenji Anan ... Kitamura
Zen Kajihara Zen Kajihara ... Iwasaki (as Zen Kajiwara)
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Maiku Hama is a private detective working in Yokohama. Hama comes to the aid of a Taiwanese waiter named Yang and agrees to track down his missing brother. Through a series of double-crosses Hama gets embroiled in a gang war and a revenge plot between the two brothers. Written by Todd K. Bowman <tkbowman@aol.com>

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What's not to like?
17 September 2004 | by ottakySee all my reviews

A private eye film, in Japanese, shot in black and white with the hero going by the name of Maiku Hama whose office is in a movie theatre. How can you go wrong with a combination like that?

This is a really clever film that veers confidently between mild violence, comedy and a relatively interesting story line.

It's the little things that really make this film stand out - the scene where Maiku is beaten mercilessly with a stick by his sensei is hilarious. The cold blooded murders aren't graphic, but you'll remember them for a long time. The cinematography is first rate, especially the use lighting which really makes the black and white medium work fantastically well.

Highly recommended.


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Country:

Japan | Taiwan

Language:

Japanese | Mandarin

Release Date:

5 March 1994 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Najstraszniejszy czas w moim zyciu See more »

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2.35 : 1
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