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The movie doesn't take sides and shows most of the problems coming from fear and misunderstanding. Isn't that really what happened? In the 1980s Americans feared the Japanese dominance of our economy and it resulted in some extreme actions and reactions. Nowadays, we fear the Chinese in a different way, but their dominance of basic manufacturing is more complete than the Japanese ever were and yet there isn't the same kind of backlash. Why? Well, that is outside the scope of this little review. Maybe it is experience with losing certain kinds of manufacturing for decades. Maybe it is because the auto industry was seen as particularly American and the high end of unskilled labor as middle class. Maybe it is because we now see economy successfully adapting as some new job classes are created and others leave. Maybe it is something else.Read more ›
with a whole lot of laughs. Great for family viewing. I have seen
this movie several times and will watch again I am sure.
*spoiler alert* the scene at the union meeting where Michael Keaton's character butters up the crowd by asking something like "who works better than American workers?" and the union response is "nobody!" and then lays on the challenge was one of the funnier scenes but it also made me reflect on my values as a person born in the USA.
Previous generations of Americans won independence from England, won independence from slavery, won two world wars, and led the rebuilding of Europe and Asia after WWII. Such valor still pays dividends but what has this generation done to deserve the respect of the world? When workers in other countries can make more with less and for less while maintaining a better attitude, how can this generation claim they are superior just because of the heroics of their ancestors?
In other words, at its surface, Gung Ho is a funny movie, but underneath it is very philosophical.
Hunt somehow succeeds, but a real challenge arrives in the form of culture clash between American workers and Japanese management methods. First, you don't listen to the music when you are working. Don't read newspapers when you are working. And....
The film certainly reflects the US-Japan relationship in the 1980s, but don't expect insightful observations about culture differences. "Gung Ho" is basically a comedy, with a Frank Capra-like story where all things work out.
This is Michael Keaton at his best. Gedde Watanabe is also good as an uptight Japanese executive Kazuhiro, who forms friendship with Hunt. Unfortunately, most supporting characters including Mimi Roger's love interest are forgettable. John Turturro also appears, but his role is not a big one.
Sometimes they make "East-Meets-West"-type culture clash comedies (like "Mr. Baseball"), and "Gung Ho" is one of them. (Interestingly, the film was not theatrically released in Japan, while "Mr. Baseball" was.) "Gung Ho" is a light-hearted comedy and as such it works.
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You really got to see Ron Howard's talent earlier in his career. As a kid, not sure I understood the movies point, but now, it's a nice light comedy and a fine balance of emotions... Read morePublished 12 days ago by pattk77
Keaton is perfectly cast for this role. He and Gedde Wantanabe play off each other very well. The cultural humor is pretty funny too. "I'm just crazy for your country. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Dr. Moonlight Graham
Found this movie a blast from the past! This shows a version with the company I work with now. Hope to get to retirement soon. How things have changed!Published 2 months ago by Giles