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A Ghost of a Chance (2011)

Sutekina kanashibari (original title)
When a not-so-stellar lawyer is in need of something to help her case she has to rely on an unconventional witness for testimony. Will the court agree to hear testimony from and will the ... See full summary »

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Kôki Mitani

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Kôki Mitani (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Eri Fukatsu ... Emi Hosho
Toshiyuki Nishida Toshiyuki Nishida ... Rokubei Sarashina
Hiroshi Abe
Kyoko Fukada
Yûko Takeuchi ... Fuko Yabe
Kiichi Nakai ... Toru Osano
Tadanobu Asano
Tsuyoshi Kusanagi Tsuyoshi Kusanagi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kazuyuki Aijima
Kenji Anan Kenji Anan
Kazuyuki Asano
Masachika Ichimura
Zen Kajihara Zen Kajihara ... Isetani
Kan Kan ... Goro Yabe
Toshiaki Karasawa Toshiaki Karasawa
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When a not-so-stellar lawyer is in need of something to help her case she has to rely on an unconventional witness for testimony. Will the court agree to hear testimony from and will the witness appear in the first place? After all, we are talking about a samurai ghost.

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Comedy | Crime

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

29 October 2011 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ghost of a Chance See more »

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$54,084,009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Toshiyuki Nishida again played his character Rokubei in the film The Kiyosu Conference (2013). See more »

Connections

References Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) See more »

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Kiichi Nakai puts in a stellar performance
13 August 2012 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

Very funny, and unlikely story about a samurai ghost becoming the witness in a murder trial.

Emi Hosho (Eri Fukatsu) is a lawyer with no talent. She always says the wrong things, and blows her case. Her client Goro Yabe (KAN) is accused of killing his wife Fuko (Yuko Takeuchi), but it's really a plot by Fuko's sister Suzuko to kill her sister and put the blame on Goro. Goro's only defense is that he couldn't move at the time of the murder because he was pinned by the samurai ghost at the hotel. Emi decides to check if the ghost really exists and heads for the hotel Shikabane-so. There she meets Rokubei Sarashina (Toshiyuki Nishida) who's a 400 year old ghost of the Hojo clan. She asks Rokubei to be the witness, and Rokubei accepts. The problem is, Rokubei can only be seen by a select group of people. These includes the court artist Tamaru Himura (Sen Yamamoto), the prosecutor Tooru Osano (Kiichi Nakai), the truck driver Isetani (Zen Kajiwara), and the call girl (Ryoko Shinohara). Emi must figure out the common denominator between them to figure out why only they can see Rokubei. Then she needs to convince the judge, and the prosecutor that Rokubei's testimonial is legitimate.

Kiichi Nakai puts in a stellar performance as the prosecutor. His straight laced acting actually adds humor to the scenes. Toshiyuki Nishida, and Eri Fukatsu also puts in good performance as the "Witness", and the lawyer. Zen Kajihara were really funny at the restaurant as the truck driver who can see the ghost.

I think this movie is worth seeing for the performance of Kiichi Nakai alone. There are other funny scenes, but the battle between the defense and the prosecution is the highlight of this movie. Osano knows that Rokubei is real, but pretends that he doesn't know. He insists that a testimony by a ghost that is not proved by science, cannot be accepted in the court of law.

Good movie that's a delight to watch for all the funny scenes.


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