Gung Ho

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Released 1986

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Director:
Ron Howard
Released:
1986
Rating:
PG-13
Gung Ho is the 1986 culture clash dramedy favorite from fledgling superstar director Ron Howard (Cocoon, A Beautiful Mind, Ransom, Apollo 13, Backdraft, Cinderella Man, How the Grinch Stole Christmas). Hunt Stevenson (Michael Keaton, Batman, Beetlejuice, Pacific Heights, The Dream Team), a former factory worker with a gift for business goes to Japan to sway the Japanese to buy the defunct auto plant in their community in Pennsylvania. Hunt's verbal proposal is met with silence from the Japanese at Assan Motors, which discourages him. Apparently, the Japanese he met with were stoic and did not let on that they were impressed by his presentation. Assan Motors decides to invest in this plant and it workforce. Unfortunately, the Japanese did not have an understanding on how a union shop works in the USA, and upon their reinvigorating the plant, they realize that the American workplace is quite different than that of Japan.

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  • 75

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    The film would be funnier and more provocative if it took a stronger stand on one side or the other, but Howard chooses to hedge his bets, selecting an ending that celebrates broth...

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I think the fault is in the screenplay, which tells a story that can be predicted almost from the opening frames. The people who wrote this movie did not bother, or dare, to give u...

  • 50

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    The movie isn't really about America and Japan at all; it's about set-ups for gags. [14 Mar 1986, p.D2]

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